Afghanistan: Business Guide

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Country Descriptions

Note: Includes country profiles from several sources: Business Monitor International, Countrywatch Inc., Datamonitor, EIU, Global Insight, Going Global, Icon Group, OECD, and PRS Group. Select “Country Reports” from “Publications” column on the right. Highlights include:

Background Notes on Countries of the World: Afghanistan
Published by the U.S. government, includes facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, foreign relations, and travel/business information.

Afghanistan Country Review
Annual CountryWatch publication, provides demographic, economic, business, and environmental data.

Afghanistan Economic Competitiveness
Published by the Icon Group using vertical analysis or common-sized statements, provides estimates of the financial performance and labor productivity of countries compared to global benchmarks.  Financial analysis includes asset, liability and income structure, ratios, profitability ratios, and key percentile rankings.  Labor productivity analysis includes asset-labor, liability-labor, and income-labor ratios.

Finance, Trade, & Commerce

Doing Business. Benchmarking Business Regulations.

Produced by the World Bank, this database provides information on business regulations and their enforcement in many countries. Countries are ranked according to ease of doing business. The Doing Business Indicators are comparable across 175 economies: They include starting a business, dealing with licenses, employing workers, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, enforcing contracts, and other indicators.

Note: The EIU database provides access to the Economist Intelligence Unit Publications such as the Country Reports. Each country page in the database provides forecast updates and featured analysis on economic and political events, as well as content pertaining to market opportunities, government regulations, and the financial services sector. Types of reports vary country by country. Type the country name into the search box and select the reports tab to access the latest country reports.

Export.gov 

The Export.gov website provides access to the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library which contains more than 100,000 industry and country specific market reports including the “Doing Business In” guides.  To access the Library, click on the Opportunities tab and select Market Research and Market Research Library. The Library is searchable by Industry, Region, Country and Report Type.

Global Edge: Afghanistan

Created by the Center for International Business Education and Research at Michigan State University (MSU-CIBER), globalEDGE contains country-specific news, statistics, history, economics, and government data.

Index of Economic Freedom: Afghanistan

A resource from the Heritage Foundation evaluating the following areas: fiscal burden of government, government intervention in the economy, trade/monetary policy, property rights, and regulations.

OECD iLibrary (2000)
Note: OECD iLibrary is the online library of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. (It replaces SourceOECD). The OECD iLibrary contains all publications and datasets released by OECD, International Energy Agency (IEA), Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and International Transport Forum (ITF) since 1998. It contains 1,000 Journal issues; 2,500 Working Papers; 2,500 Multilingual summaries; 5,500 E-book titles; 14,000 Tables and graphs; 21,000 Chapters and articles; 34,000 Statlinks to MS Excel tables in full-text items; 390 cross-searchable databases and 4 billion data points.

Statistics & Government Resources

Central Bank of Afghanistan

The official website of the Central Bank of Afghanistan includes information on currency rates, monetary policy, statistics, and much more.

Central Statistics Organization of Afghanistan

A website from the Central Statistics Organization of Afghanistan.

Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington D.C.

Information about business and investment in Afghanistan. Also contains information about flora and fauna, education, travel and tourism, visas, immigration, history, geography, people, and culture.