Why Invest in Afghanistan?
Strategic Geographical Position Connecting Central Asia to South Asia, and Leading to Europe
Trade & Economy:
• Free market economy led by private sector initiatives
• Unprecedented economic growth (GDP growth from USD 2.2 billion in 2002 to USD 21.8 billion in
• Utilization of Preferential Trade Agreements and Systems (with India, China, Europe, USA, and
• Availability of skilled labor
• Increased market demand
Tax & Duties
• Flexible tax and duty regime
• 20% corporate tax
• 0% Duty on import of machineries
• 1% Duty on import of raw materials
• Carry forward of losses (An accounting technique that applies the current year’s net operating
losses to future years’ profits in order to reduce tax liability).
• Government Commitment
Strong Government Commitment for Investment Climate Reforms.
• Airfields 08
• Trade Ports 09
• Roads 12371 km
• Railways 3429 km
• Industrial Parks 10 constructed and 17 planned
• Dispute Resolution Center
• Business Integrity Initiative (BIN)
Liberal Investment Law
• Investment Law
• Commercial Arbitration Law
• Law of Commerce
• Law of Tax on Consumer Goods
• Business Trademarks Law
• Contracts Law
• Agencies Law
• Mining Law
• Banking Law
• Insurance Law
Ownership & Profit
• 100% foreign ownership
• Foreigners can lease real estate, for periods up to 90 years for arable land or longer for
Agreements & Memberships
• Bi-Lateral and Multi-Lateral Trade Agreements (APTTA, ECOTA, SAFTA)
• Membership of International Road Transport TIR
• Soon to get WTO membership
For more Information:
Procedure for a Foreign Company Registration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Islamic Republic of
1. The company must verify its necessary documents at the embassy/consulate of the Islamic
Republic of Afghanistan in the residence country through a letter addressed to the MFA. In the
absence of the Afghan Mission, the company must provide an introduction letter from its respective
embassy or commercial attaché in Kabul.
2. The above-mentioned letter should contain information about the president, vice president and legal
representative and the request regarding opening a new company or a branch in Afghanistan.
3. All submitted documents must be authenticated by the Afghan Embassy/consulate in the respective
country or by the company’s consulate /commercial attaché in Kabul and verified by Consulate
Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan.
4. The registration form issued by Directorate General for Economic Cooperation of the MFA should
be filled out and signed by the president, vice president or legal representative.
5. Brief background information of the company and future plans /activities in Afghanistan should be
attached with registration form.
6. All above aforementioned documents should be submitted in two sets (original and copy). Once the
procedure is completed the company will be officially introduced (within 24 hours) to the Ministry of
Commerce and Industries for the issuance of business license.
Note: For more details or questions please contact the Economic Cooperation Department at