The growth of Afghanistan’s private sector is hindered by well known challenges common to many land locked, lesser developed and conflict-affected countries. After 2001, when efforts were initiated to revive the economy, support to commerce and industry sector and creating an enabling environment was among top priorities. As a result of these developments, CBRIP was established in 2008 to strengthen regulatory and legal regime in the country.
The CBRIP has made effective use of resources within the scope of ministry and made considerable efforts to tackle enabling environment obstacles. This includes both the ones that ministry has direct influence on such as business registration and licensing traders as well as the ones that it has indirect influence on such as security, property rights, access to electricity, taxation, and skills development. Therefore, the strategies identified span reforms led directly by MOCI, and those that rely on MOCI’s influence in the wider political sphere, in Cabinet, the Economic Sub-Committee, the Private Sector Development Cluster and Chair of the High Commission for Investment.
As a result of efficient implementation of strategies to improve enabling environment developed in the light of Afghanistan’s National Development Strategy (ANDS) and MoCI’s strategic plan, the business sector witnessed important developments. The major improvements include simplifying and improving the transparency of business licensing process and requirements on one hand and streamlining and digitizing business registration process on the other hand.
At present, CBRIP is implementing important projects aimed at reforming the operations and processes. On the other hand, it is working in collaboration with global organizations to ensure support on technical, regulatory and legal issues for business community in Afghanistan. This would further step up the quality of services as per international standards.
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