The Austria-Afghanistan Society ( cordially invites you to the panel discussion


Economic Potentials and Opportunities in Afghanistan


Location: Universal Peace Federation, Seidengasse 28 im Hof rechts, 1070 Wien

Date: Tuesday, 25. June 2019, Time: 18.30


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In times of protracted crises, armed conflicts, deteriorating security and peace talks in Afghanistan, this panel discussion is focusing on an underestimated, but very important topic: The economy crisis in Afghanistan that has severe implications for the population and is directly related to human security. In this context, the panelists are not only focusing on the big economic picture, but in particular on potentials and opportunities for the population, exploring bottom-up approaches, alternative livelihoods, remittances and how to make a living with small businesses.


The economy of Afghanistan has had significant improvement in the last decade due to the infusion of billions of dollars in international assistance and remittances from Afghan expatriates. The assistance that came from expatriates and outside investors saw this increase when there was more political reliability after the fall of the Taliban regime. The nation's GDP stands at about $70 billion with an exchange rate of $20 billion (2017), and the GDP per capita is about $2,000. It imports over $6 billion worth of goods but exports nearly $1 billion only, mainly fruits and nuts. Despite holding over $1 trillion in proven untapped mineral deposits, Afghanistan remains one of the least developed countries on the planet. About 25% of its population is unemployed and lives below the poverty line. Many of the unemployed men join the foreign-funded militant groups or the world of crime, particularly as smugglers. The Afghan government has long been pleading for foreign investment in order to improve Afghanistan's economy. (Wikipedia - Economy of Afghanistan)




1. Razik Azad BA. (OEAFG): "The socio-economic Situation in Afghanistan"

2. Baktash Jami MA : "Economic Potentials and Opportunities in Afghanistan"

3. Petra Oberberger MA: "The Relevance of Remittances for Afghans"


Remarks & Moderation: Dr. Friedrich Schwank, Dr. Wolfgang Aichelburg, Dr. Markus Gauster (Board members, Austria-Afghanistan Society)

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