Strategic Geographical Position Connecting Central Asia to South Asia, and Leading to Europe
· 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 2014)
· Utilization of Preferential Trade Agreements and Systems (with India, China, Europe, USA, and etc.)
· Availability of skilled labor
· Increased market demand
· 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).
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)
· 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
· 100% foreign ownership
· Foreigners can lease real estate, for periods up to 90 years for arable land or longer for non-arable land
· Bi-Lateral and Multi-Lateral Trade Agreements (APTTA, ECOTA, SAFTA)
· Membership of International Road Transport TIR
· Soon to get WTO membership
· Invest in Afghansitan Presentation (PDF)
For more Information:
Procedure for a Foreign Company Registration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
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.
Official website, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan