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PublishDate: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 10:56

Afghanistan economy after pullout of foreign forces

Kabul does not seem worried, as the Afghans are boosting the state industry instead of sustaining the economy.

United States has warned Afghans about an impending economic slump after its pull-out by 2014. 

Aid money would also dry up with the withdrawal of foreign troops. Afghanistan’s economy is largely dependent on foreign aid.

But Kabul does not seem worried, as the Afghans are boosting the state industry instead of sustaining the economy. These Afghan products have been recently exhibited here in Kabul.

The exhibition was opened by President Karzai. Doing this, he sent a message to US that their withdrawal won’t affect Afghan economy. 

Karzai is now relying on regional countries to help his country stand on its own feet. He called on Iranian, Indian and Pakistani businessmen to invest in Afghanistan.

They are being promised protection.

But unrest continues to hamper investment. 

This juice factory has been operating in Kabul for the last 2 years. It has employed over 500 people. A nice opportunity for the unemployed!

We filmed them all. But next day it was blown up by a bomb attack.

Over the past 11 years, billions of dollars were poured into this country. But its economy remains stagnant.

Daily lives of local people here have not changed very much. 

According to United Nations 57 percent of the 33 million Afghans live below the poverty line. And 45 percent of them are unemployed. However, many here believe things will improve once the foreign troops leave. 
(Press TV)

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