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Foreign Investors See Promise In Afghan Market

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Foreign Investors See Promise In Afghan Market

Foreign investors are recognizing the opportunity within Afghan markets. Favorable regulations on foreign ownership, equity sales, and repatriation have all facilitated expanding investment opportunities within the country.

Over the past decade, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has reached as much as $271 million annually. The largest spike occurred in 2005 and subsequent investments in 2009 reached nearly $214 million. These represent a drastic improvement from investments prior to 2000. For example, 1999 only reached $6 million in FDI.

Alcatel and Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) have both made large investments, with approximately $200 million in the popular cellphone company Roshan Wireless. The U.S.-based Telephone Systems International invested $150 million in Afghan Wireless. These major successes are not limited to the telecommunications industry. Habib Gulzar International invested in a bottling plant for Coca-Cola, while PepsiCo targeted the competing Alokozay Bottling Plant. The hotel industry has also seen major investments from international investors. These examples demonstrate how investors are successfully aligning themselves within the emerging market of Afghanistan.

The Afghan government is encouraging Foreign Direct Investment, in fact the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC, offers this enticement to investors: “Your decision to consider investing in Afghanistan is a smart one. There is no region in the world with greater untapped economic potential than Central Asia. As an area rich in human and natural resources, profitable investment opportunities abound.”

To read the full text of the Letter to Investors quoted above, learn more about FDI in Afghanistan, and the region visit:


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