Message from the President of Afghanistan

The new government is committed to change Afghanistan from a consuming economy to an exporting source. We pursue establishment of a long lasting and sustainable relationship between government and the private sector that will be based on trust and continuous cooperation. The government is well prepared to cooperate with the private sector to lead the country towards self sufficiency and economic growth. We believe that the country may not experience economic amelioration unless import is substituted with investment in production. Moreover, inter- private sector competition is not sufficient; the government will develop a comprehensive export strategy, offer support to investors. 

Agriculture and agriculture-related industries

Agriculture is the backbone of Afghanistan’s national economy and it is the source of livelihood for the 80 per cent of the population (directly or indirectly). In addition, agriculture has 26.74 Per cent contribution in the country’s GDP, it provides raw material for industries and it is a significant source of export commodity and attraction of foreign exchange in the country..


Core telecommunication service providers supply the Afghan market already in a sufficient manner with increased competition and price pressures. While there are still opportunities for mobile service providers, a far more virgin market represents the supply and service area of the telecommunication sector.Examples are: Data processing, basic business-processing operations information and communication technology (ICT), data transfer, process control and perhaps call centres.

Low-end (labor-intensive) manufacturing

While the agricultural sector presents and is likely to present in the near and mid-term future the most important industry sector, Afghanistan is keen on establishing a low-cost, labor-intensive manufacturing sector which absorbs the many unemployed Afghans, the number of which is likely to increase dramatically with the influx of more returning refugees from neighbouring countries and which can not be absorbed by agro-related industries alone.

Transport and Logistics

This sector represents a vital support-industry to other sectors which will not be able to perform well without an up-graded transport and logistics sector. Afghanistan offers new and expanding trade routes. The improvement of its transport infrastructure supports Afghanistan’s trade nexus, both in country and across its borders

Mining, Power and Water

The development of the mining sector has clear benefits to the economy of Afghanistan and provides first-mover advantages to investors. The mining sector is crucial to the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Afghanistan. Yet they remain virtually absent of foreign investment due to historic state control of natural resources

Construction materials

Another interesting area of investment is the construction materials industries in order to improve the supply of quality products from within the country. These, if up to international standards, might grow into an export industry and hence have a future that way. While in the first years of reconstruction it was mainly foreign construction companies who attracted the major construction contracts




AISA Statistics end of July 2016
Domestic Registered Companies 44,972
International Registered Companies 2,886
Investment in AFS 506,121,174,849.50
Investment in USD 10,578,248,545.80
Domestic Hired Human Resource 937,321
International Hired Human Resource 55,124
Industrial Parks 6
Regional Offices 8

Papers and Market Studies

Availability of information on markets (i.e. on market structure, performance, demand and competitiveness) is an important element to encourage foreign and local investors to invest in the country. Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) will regularly produce market study papers, market briefing papers, research papers, and papers on investment outlook in Afghanistan, to help interested investors in their decision to invest in Afghanistan. Below is a list of papers conducted by the Research & Statistics Department. Please regularly check this page to learn about the new papers that are released.

Market Studies

The Future of Plastic Industry in Afghanistan
Study of Afghan Telecom Industry


Research Paper

AICES 2016 - Summary of Challenges & Recommendations
Description: AICES 2016 - Summary of Challenges & Recommendations
Afghan Wheat and Flour Market
Description: Afghan Wheat and Flour Market


Market briefing papers

Construction materials: Cement, Glass, Steel products (steel mill) and bricks (Coming Soon)

Estimating Business Fixed Investment in Afghanistan, Dari (upcoming)

Study on the Financial Sector in Afghanistan (upcoming)