PROGRESS REPORT ON WOMEN‘S STATUS AND EMPOWERMENT
 AND NATIONAL ACTION PLAN (NAP 1325)

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Afghanistan’s National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 Women, Peace and Security

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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) refer to an agreement of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012 (Rio+20), to develop a set of future international development goals.
 
The current development agenda is centred on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were officially established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations (UN) in 2000. The MDGs encapsulate eight globally agreed goals in the areas of poverty alleviation, education, gender equality and empowerment of women, child and maternal health, environmental sustainability, reducing HIV/AIDS and communicable diseases, and building a global partnership for development.
 
As the target date of the MDGs, 2015, is approaching, a debate on the framework of international development beyond 2015 has started. In this vein, 192 UN member states agreed at the Rio+20 summit to start a process of designing sustainable development goals, which are “action-oriented, concise and easy to communicate, limited in number, aspirational, global in nature and universally applicable to all countries while taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities”.
 
The Rio+20 outcome document, “The Future We Want”, also calls for the goals to be integrated into the UN’s post-2015 Development Agenda. The Afghanistan Government is committed to develop its SDGs, participates in its development process at regional and international forums and has already initiated its national consultations. 
 
Please find the following documents and links for more information. 
 
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - Document 
  • Afghanistan's National Consultation on SDGs, Press Release in Dari
 

Why Invest in Afghanistan?

Location:
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 2014)
  • Utilization of Preferential Trade Agreements and Systems (with India, China, Europe, USA, and etc.)
  • 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.

Infrastructure
  • Airfields 08
  • Trade Ports 09
  • Roads 12371 km
  • Railways 3429 km
  • Industrial Parks 10 constructed and 17 planned
Dispute Resolution
  • 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 non-arable land

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:
www.invest.af

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.

Note: For more details or questions please contact the Economic Cooperation Department at +93202100374

Forms:

Download Registration Form for a Service Company

Download Registration Form for Trading Company

Why Invest in Afghanistan?

Location:
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 2014)
  • Utilization of Preferential Trade Agreements and Systems (with India, China, Europe, USA, and etc.)
  • 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.

Infrastructure
  • Airfields 08
  • Trade Ports 09
  • Roads 12371 km
  • Railways 3429 km
  • Industrial Parks 10 constructed and 17 planned
Dispute Resolution
  • 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 non-arable land

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:
www.invest.af

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.

Note: For more details or questions please contact the Economic Cooperation Department at +93202100374

Forms:

Download Registration Form for a Service Company

Download Registration Form for Trading Company

 

Situated at the crossroad of Central Asia, South Asia and the Middle East, Afghanistan has a unique geo-strategic location to promote regional cooperation not only in its surrounding regions, but also beyond. After decades of instability, Afghanistan now has a unique opportunity to realize its potential as a “land bridge” between the mentioned regions to facilitate the flow of goods, energy and people; thus paving the road for regionalism built on mutual respect for national sovereignty and territorial integrity. 
 
Enshrined in Article Eight of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, our Foreign Policy is based on "preserving the independence, national interests and territorial integrity as well as non-interference, good neighborliness, mutual respect and equality of rights".  Regional cooperation makes one of the most important pillars and priority areas of the foreign policy of the Government of Afghanistan. Both the 2006 Afghanistan Compact and the 2007 Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) emphasize the importance of regional cooperation as one of the main priorities of the Government of Afghanistan. This policy is well reflected in the speech of H.E. President Karzai at the 14th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) where he firmly stated that “enhanced regional cooperation must be pursued for the sake of regional economic and political stability.” 
 
The potential role of Afghanistan in promoting regional cooperation has also been recognized by countries in the region through various declarations, including the 2002 Good Neighborly Relations Declaration, the 2003 Dubai Declaration, the 2003 Berlin Agreement, the 2004 Bishkek Conference, the 2005 Kabul Conference, and the 2006 Delhi Conference.
 
Our regional cooperation policy is based on achieving following objectives: 
 
• Expand and deepens cooperation, and enhance the level of confidence among regional states in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders from the regional states, regional organizations, and regional multilateral frameworks. 
 
• Strengthen Afghanistan’s position in regional political, economic, social, and cultural exchanges and discourses through regional organizations and multilateral frameworks.     
 
• Identify the full range of existing regional imitative within the framework of regional organizations and multilateral processes, which have a bearing on Afghanistan. 
 
• Take necessary steps towards deepening confidence between regional states as a means of improving and strengthening regional cooperation and integration.