Afghanistan: Economic Growth Fact Sheet - October 2017

from US Agency for International Development
Published on 11 Oct 2017 View Original

Recent Highlights

  • From 2014-2017, USAID formed 298 public private alliances, which leveraged nearly $300 million in private investment; 87% of which came from Afghan companies

  • In 2016, USAID facilitated the export of more than 11,250 metric tons of horticultural products valued at $13.4 million

  • In 2017, USAID helped Afghan traders negotiate over $55 million in potential international deals

  • Between 2016 and 2017, USAID trained more than 35,000 people in high demand work skills, placing 23,000 with existing companies (36% are women), and creating 17,777 full-time jobs USAID supported the Afghan government to implement its World Trade Organization post-accession strategy

  • In the first eight months of 2017, USAID promoted air cargo for Afghan exports as a speedy and cost-effective alternative to road transport; working to airlift nearly 2000 tons of goods valued at $223 million from Kabul to international markets

  • By enhancing the technical proficiency of the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Commerce, and the Customs Department, USAID has helped increase the amount of revenue collected by the Government of Afghanistan by 21%