Afghanistan: Trade-related assistance
The initiative supports laying the foundation for strengthening the country’s trade capacities and building a business-friendly environment, with a long-term goal of Afghanistan becoming a vibrant regional economic hub.
The intervention is a recognition of ongoing efforts by the Afghan government to use trade as driver of economic growth, regional cooperation and stability. Afghanistan acceded to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in July 2016 and has placed trade and regional economic cooperation at the heart of its development strategy.
ITC is supporting government institutions strengthen their capacity to formulate and implement trade strategies and policies, improve quality standards of products to meet international standards and enhance cross border movement of goods. Through these and other trade-enabling improvements to the business environment, ITC is ultimately supporting SMEs to overcome the plethora of challenges that make it difficult for them to reach markets in the region and beyond.
The three-year plan (2016 – 2019) is implemented by ITC in close collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.