Building up Afghanistan’s economy 📈🇦🇫

President Ghani has made it clear that improving
Afghanistan’s economy is high up on the agenda. However, in a recent speech he stated that
this “economic transition poses stark challenges”. As international donor countries meet in London
to discuss Afghanistan’s future, President Ghani will hope to lay out his vision for
the country to encourage continued international support. Ahead of this event, Kabul hosted the “First
International Rebuild Exhibition and Conference”, a platform for government officials and the
private sector to do business and set development targets to help rebuild Afghanistan. “Now I think Afghanistan is going towards
growth, economically, or business-wise. And before, we never could expect that these
kinds of things would happen. These kinds of exhibitions and these kinds
of opportunities would be there for some companies which are new to the industry and which are
looking for some opportunities to improve their business and their services that they
are providing. I think this would be the start and this is
the start.” President Ghani has been quoted as saying
that he wants to move towards self-sufficiency and that he wants the country “truly open
for business”. “With the establishment of the new government,
there are new opportunities arising, there are new opportunities coming. As you see more than 70 per cent of our products,
construction materials are being imported from other countries, so there is a huge potential
to produce these materials within Afghanistan. And we have some successful investments took
place in the, you know, smelting factories, you know, steel production and as well as
cement production factories. But that’s not sufficient. Afghanistan’s demand is huge. In order to meet the demands we have to do
a lot of investments.” Mohammad Amrey runs Etafaq, a biscuit, bread
and juice company in Kabul. He says that thanks to local companies such
as his, the overall import of these products has decreased, and he wants to see this trend
continue for lots of industries. “Afghanistan produces the best quality furniture. Today our printing industry has developed
a lot. It could be one of the best in the region. There are many other examples like this – bags,
food, beverages -and many more products that the Afghan market is producing right now. The Afghan people respect and use products
that are manufactured in the country because they are happy that local people are producing
goods, and they are proud that they are Afghan-made.” President Ghani’s recent trips to Pakistan
and China provided the opportunity to explore ways of boosting business with neighbouring
countries. “There were two visits of our president
to China and Pakistan, together with around 35-40 private sector members accompanied him
on each visit. It shows that he values a lot the private
sector, and as well gives a lot of importance to the economic development. And these visits provided a good opportunity
for our private sector to explore the opportunities in China, in Pakistan and as well as attract
them to invest here.” Afghanistan is rebuilding after over 30 years
of conflict. President Ghani has stated that he does not
want to ask the international community for charity. He said “we truly need to learn to fish,
not to be given fish”. This is Lauren Muchan for NATOChannel in Afghanistan.

  1. Infrastructure should be built, specialy the region that is isolated from the rest of country, they can fall easily to the talibans.
    Another problem is governement corruption.

  2. Afghanistan needs 30 years of construction. They should construct their design like Europe or USA not like ugly Pakistan.

  3. I really hope Afghanistan  turns into a great success story in the future. This looks like a step in the right direction!

  4. #Afghanistan is building up its economy after over 30 years of conflict. President Ghani has put the economy high up on his agenda and has declared the country “truly open for business”.

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