Afghanistan – A Hub of Investment & Commercial Opportunities
One of the major policies of the Afghan government in the last nine years has been to facilitate the economic, structural and institutional reforms. The overall goal of the comprehensive efforts made by the government is removing barriers to attract more funds, overcoming institutional deficiencies, and creating an efficient environment for investment, entrepreneurship and innovation.
1. Afghanistan is a fast growing emerging market of strategic importance close to some of the largest and fastest growing market in the world.
Afghanistan is strategically located between the energy rich republics of central Asia and major seaports in south Asia providing a key transit route for central Asia oil and gas to markets in South Asia as well as overseas.
Also Afghanistan has natural access to markets of neighbouring countries including fast growing market such as China, India and Pakistan.
2. Afghanistan offers a pro business minded environment with legislation favourable to private investments. The principles of the free market economy are incorporated in the new constitution (art.10) just as the growth of the private sector is a comer stone of the national development strategy; consequently the president as well as the government has focused intensively on the removing obstacles to private sector development.
3. 100% foreign ownership
Whilst 100% foreign ownership of an enterprise is allowed in most economic sectors, the law also allows full profit repatriation out of Afghanistan for foreign companies. The central Bank (Da Afghanistan Bank) does not put any restriction on capital flows or on currency exchange.
4. Afghanistan is rich in natural resources. Afghanistan is natural remarkably rich in mineral resources, there are currently more than 1400 identified mineral deposits. These deposits include energy minerals such as
Other deposits include precious and semi-precious stones such as emerald, lapis lazuli, ruby, quartz and sapphire. Finally there is a great opportunity for investment in the hydro carbon industry.