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Investing in Afghanistan



Dear Prospective Investor,

Afghanistan, the heart of Asia, is open for business and investment!

Building a strong economy is crucial to Afghanistan’s long-term success. The Government of Afghanistan (“GoA”) is dedicated to creating an investor-friendly business environment. During the past three years, significant improvements have been made in infrastructure, banking, customs, and legal reform. The GoA has also enacted one of the most liberal investment laws in the region and is committed to offering low taxes and tariffs to promote investment and trade.

Afghanistan is a well-positioned central trading hub. Today, Afghanistan’s principal trading partners include Pakistan, India, Korea, China, Japan, Germany, and the UAE. One of the GoA’s priorities is to leverage donor aid being provided by our international partners to promote investment, trade, and the development of the private sector. Most of the major foreign direct investments in Afghanistan are by Afghan entrepreneurs, who have made lucrative careers in telecommunications, IT and other sectors. With 25 million people, Afghanistan is the second most populated country in Central Asia and a largely untouched, virgin market. Geographically, in central and south Asia, all roads lead to Afghanistan.

The Economic, Trade & Investment Department of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C., is your link to investing and doing business in Afghanistan. We are able to provide you resources, answer your questions, and refer you to relevant organizations and companies. I am pleased to announce the launch of our website: www.afghanistanbusinessgateway.com. We hope it will serve as a comprehensive source for business and investment information in Afghanistan.

In addition, our Business & Investment RESOURCE GUIDE contains the following information:
• Government Agencies & Multilateral Institutions: U.S. and Afghan government agencies with services to support business and investment.
• Overview of Investment, Trade & Tourism in Afghanistan: Short articles published by the Department.
• Resource Lists: Services to facilitate business and investment, including airline, lodging, shipping, and financial institutions, as well as company information.
• Business and Investment Highlights and Achievements: Summary of progress the GoA has made in creating an enabling environment for business and investment.
• Economic, Trade & Investment Department Staff Profiles: Background information on our team.

Thank you. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,
Murtaza Bahrami
Acting Commercial Attaché

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