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Afghanistan Investment Desk Set Up at Kabul Airport to Facilitate Visa on Arrival

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Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

The Ministry of Industry and Commerce said that a center has been established at Kabul International Airport to enable visa-on-arrival for foreign investors and to offer investment-related services.

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of the caretaker administration in Afghanistan and the Ministry of Industry and Commerce announced the establishment and inauguration of the Afghanistan Investment Desk, on Saturday, December 10.

To encourage foreign investors and partners of Afghan private sector institutions, the economic commission of the current administration, led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, decided to set up the center earlier this year.

The centers are intended to provide services for foreign businesspeople exclusively in order to lure foreign investors and investments in Afghanistan. Foreign investors can now quickly conduct business transactions and readily get arrival visas.

The newly established desk will increase foreign investment and expand commercial prospects, according to acting Minister of Industry and Commerce Nooruddin Aziz, who highlighted its importance at the ceremony.

Over 100 foreign companies, mostly from China, Turkey, and Russia, were registered for investment last year, according to the spokesperson for the commerce ministry.

Afghanistan’s visa policy is unknown since the new regime took control of Kabul in 2021. All foreign nationals intending to go to Afghanistan were required to get visas in accordance with the legislation of the country’s formerly recognized, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The Afghan diplomatic missions established by the previous administration have been given instructions to continue operating, and entry into Afghanistan is now permitted with visas granted by these missions.

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