Three Good Reasons

Afghanistan is a fast growing emerging market of strategic importance close to some of the largest and fastest-growing markets in the world

Afghanistan is strategically located between the energy-rich republics of Central Asia and the major seaports in South Asia providing a key transit route for central Asian oil and gas to markets in South Asia as well as overseas. Also Afghanistan has natural access to markets of neighboring countries including important fast-growing markets such as China, India and Pakistan.

Afghanistan offers a pro-business minded environment with legislation favorable to private investments

The principles of a free market economy are incorporated in the new Constitution {art. 10} just as the growth of the private sector is a cornerstone of the National Development Strategy. Consequently the President as well as the Government have focused intensely on removing obstacles to private sector development.

Afghanistan is rich in natural resources

Afghanistan is remarkably rich in mineral resources. There are currently more than 1,400 identified mineral deposits. These include energy minerals such as oil, gas and coal as well as iron and copper deposits of world quality. Furthermore known precious and semi-precious stones in Afghanistan include emerald, jade, amethyst, alabaster, beryl, lapis lazuli, tourmaline, ruby, quartz, and sapphire. Finally great opportunities for investments exist within the hydrocarbons industry.

Following the national privatization program most of the major state-owned enterprises have been slated for international tender 2006-2008 which has made entry into all these sectors easier.