Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is greeted by US President Barack Obama during his visit to Washington (photo: dpa)

Afghanistan’s economic future hinges on continued international engagement

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has secured from US President Barack Obama a commitment to a long-term partnership and an extension of America’s troop presence. Since taking the lead in security operations, Afghan forces have fended off the Taliban but at a cost of record casualties. However, Afghanistan’s future economic success will depend on its ability to integrate with other countries in the region, such as Pakistan, and to draw in Chinese infrastructure investment.

PRESIDENT Ashraf Ghani’s successful visit to Washington in March 2015 marks the beginning of a new era in relations between the United States and Afghanistan.

Mr Ghani and his...

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 Lisa Curtis
Developing greater economic links with its neighbours would enhance private sector investment in Afghanistan's infrastructure and generate customs receipts, thereby allowing Afghanistan to be less reliant on donor aid
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