Investment Facilitation

Investment Facilitation


Companies in Afghanistan are burdened by government services which are characterized by excessive bureaucracy, lengthy, complicated and uncoordinated administrative processes, a lack of transparency, corruption, and the lack of capable and accountable civil servants. This means high costs and uncertainty for investors and businesses, and undermines confidence in the Government.

What is Currently Being Done

In 2016, the Government agreed to formally adopt 11 private sector reform priorities, which Harakat was instrumental in developing. These will seek strengthen private sector confidence in order to create jobs, grow the economy and enhance regional cooperation. Also in 2016, the High Economic Council of Ministers approved the concept of 'Asan Khedmat', or One Stop Shop, to simplify public service procedures and processes.

How Harakat-AICP Will Support This

To ensure that investor needs are met promptly, in a transparent and cost-efficient manner, Harakat is supporting the Government's centralized One Stop Shop model. This model locates relevant government departments in a common place to provide support and assistance at every level for investors.

Harakat'S Support Will Includes:


Mapping the process requirements of selected public services, and supporting their simplification via software needs and/or and legal reforms

Introducing these simplified processes and assessing performance over time

Communicating the new processes to affected stakeholders

Developing a modern and secure data center

Helping to define the organizational structure of the national oversight authority and the services centers

Developing training programs and establishing training facilities

Developing an appraisal system to continually improve service delivery

Developing rlegal and regulatory changes to make public processes simpler, and creating a legal basis for the establishment of the "National Public Services Authority

Facts


In 2016, the Government of Afghanistan committed to 11 Private Sector Reform Priorities:

Improve traditional irrigation systems and promote sustainable modern systems.

Advance the development of a national railway system.

Develop roads and electricity access in resource corridors.

Establish One Stop Shops for public services.

Lower the cost and increase the availability of financing.

Approve an electricity law to facilitate the establishment of an independent electricity regulatory authority.

Establish a program to upgrade Technical Vocational Educational Institutions.

Protect investors and promote investment.

Develop a national policy and a legal and regulatory framework for public private partnerships.

Establish an alternative transit route through Central Asia that would be implemented along with the proposed Central Asian Gas Pipeline project.