Friday, June 08, 2007

An Afghanistan rebuilt starts with a rebuilt private sector

How do you start a business in a country of suicide bombings, blackouts, bribes, drug trading and rampant illiteracy? --- Everyone agrees that if Afghanistan is ever to get back on its feet, it must create a working economy with a vibrant private sector. More than five years after the fall of the Taliban, it hasn't even come close. --- With a per capita GDP of just $315 (U.S.) a year, Afghanistan has few roads, few trained workers and only a handful of barely functional banks. The biggest legal exporter is a carpet maker that earns just $40-million a year.


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