Afghanistan: Features

Read how ADB-supported projects and programs have bridged social and economic disparities and improved the quality of life in Afghanistan.

Latest Features

  • July 2012

    Afghanistan Highway Connects Country to Central Asia and Middle East

    A 100-km stretch of road is saving and improving lives and enhancing business opportunities in the north of Afghanistan, but it is just one small part of the 2,700-km ring road that is helping reconnect the country with Central Asia and the Middle East.
  • April 2012

    Central Asia and the New Silk Road

    The thriving east-west trade that once prospered along the famed Silk Road is slowly being restored to its former glory through transport and trade links being rolled out under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation program. Here are 12 facts and figures on the New Silk Road.
  • November 2011

    Central Asia Economy and Regional Trade

    The thriving east-west trade that once spanned Central Eurasia along the famed Silk Road may soon be restored to its former glory thanks to growing transport and trade links being rolled out under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) program. Since the launch of CAREC a decade ago, the 10 member countries from the Caucasus, Central, East and South Asia and six multilateral institutions have been working closely together to construct transport corridors, promote energy security, and remove trade barriers.
  • September 2011

    Afghanistan and the Modern Silk Road

    For many centuries, the ancient Silk Road was Afghanistan's only contact with the outside world. Three decades of conflict has cost Afghanistan dearly, destroying whatever little infrastructure existed. Afghanistan is in dire need of a modern infrastructure, sound basic services, good governance and efficient institutions. Rehabilitating the existing road network is a high priority for the Afghan government and the international community has been helping the country to rebuild shattered road and rail network.
  • September 2011

    The Asian Development Bank, Afghanistan and the Modern Silk Road

    The Asian Development Bank has just approved $754 million in assistance to rebuild Afghanistan's shattered road and rail network, bringing to more than $2 billion the amount it has contributed to the country's reconstruction over the past decade.
  • May 2010

    Leapfrogging to Mobile Telephony

    ADB is helping Afghanistan's largest telecom operator develop nationwide mobile phone infrastructure and expand cellular services. Kabul, Afghanistan - Decades of conflict devastated Afghanistan's communication systems. Fixed telephone lines are virtually absent in a country with rugged terrain, limited electricity, poor roads and postal services, and an unstable security situation.
  • May 2010

    Development Afghans Can Bank On

    ADB established the first private sector commercial bank, post the Taliban regime in war-torn Afghanistan. The Afghanistan International Bank (AIB) helps finance small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as consumer and retail banking. Kabul, Afghanistan - Habibulllah Hamidi makes gravel. The gravel is used to build roads, and the roads are supposed to bring progress. In Afghanistan, that's precious.
  • March 2010

    Railway to Regional Integration

    Today, as new trade routes connect landlocked Central Asia with the booming economies of South Asia and the Middle East, Afghanistan's geographic position is proving a valuable asset. Hairatan, Afghanistan - For centuries, Afghanistan's strategic location has been a liability, inviting unwanted attention from countries near and far. But today, as new trade routes connect landlocked Central Asia with the booming economies of South Asia and the Middle East, Afghanistan's geographic position is proving a valuable asset.
  • March 2008

    Building Roads, Changing Lives

    Decades of conflict destroyed much of Afghanistan's physical infrastructure, including its road network. Rehabilitation and upgrading of the country's roads and highways is improving access to markets, enabling private investment, and expanding foreign trade - all key to Afghanistan's further economic progress. Kabul - Safiullah, a taxi driver, has witnessed the improvements in Afghanistan's road network.

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