The Investment Facilitation and Development Working Group is tasked with working on the strategic priorities of the National Priority Program for the Private Sector and the World Bank’s Doing Business Index. This working group held its second working group meeting on Saturday, November 26, 2020, with the participation of chambers of commerce and industry on behalf of the private sector and relevant government agencies, hosted by the Investment Facilitation Unit in the conference hall of the Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The meeting was chaired by the authorized representatives (Co-Chairs) of the Investment Facilitation Unit, the Ministry of Finance and on behalf of the private sector, the Chamber of Commerce and Investment. At the beginning of the meeting, reports on the progress of the work decided on in the previous meeting were presented by PriSEC working group expert on behalf of the First Vice President relevant government agencies including the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, and the General Directorate of Passports.
At the meeting, it was decided to include three new reforms in the work plan of the third group; relevant organizations, including the Kabul Municipality and the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, were assignment to hold their meetings in coordination with the relevant departments and to present detailed reports on the progress of their work to the next meeting.
- Amend the municipal laws and regulations to simplify and reduce the cost of sectorial licenses related to Kabul Municipality
- Simplify the process of obtaining and renewing licenses and obtaining commercial passports by merging the databases of the relevant departments
- Activate Invest in Afghanistan brand, and develop awareness mechanism, reform systems to create investment opportunities for potential investors
At the end of the meeting, it was decided that the relevant entities will continue to implement their plans and submit detailed reports on the progress of their work to the next meetings.