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Promotion of local economic development in Northern Afghanistan


Titre : Promotion of local economic development in Northern Afghanistan

Pays : Afghanistan

Lead executing agency : Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI)
Commissioned by : German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Overall term : 2008 until 2010 (potentially until 2013)

There have been significant changes in the north of Afghanistan in the last few years : new irrigation systems have been constructed ; orchards and fruit gardens have been planted ; infrastructure has been greatly improved ; and financial markets have grown strongly with the opening of bank branches.
The agriculturally productive northern part of the country, however, still has neglected infrastructure and below average provision of services. This severely restricts development in the region, as can be seen in the great difference between Mazar-i-Sharif and Feyzabad : Mazar-i-Sharif is experiencing an economic boom, while Feyzabad has not yet entered a development phase.

Conditions and promotional structures are improved for the development of private enterprises in the northern provinces of Balkh, Kunduz, Takhar and Badakhshan.

GIZ implements the programme on behalf of BMZ. It is part of the priority area of sustainable economic development. The Programme for Sustainable Economic Development in Kabul is also part of this priority area.
The programme has three components.
1. Alliances are concluded with different partners, in order to plan and initiate investments.
2. Entrepreneurs are trained and advised on management, on drawing up business plans, and on technical vocational subjects.
3. Value chains are promoted. For example, the production chains for dried fruit, leather, carpets and semi-precious stones are examined and bottlenecks identified. The programme then develops plans to overcome these bottlenecks in cooperation with the participating entrepreneurs.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ))

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