• Afghanistan joined CAREC in 2005
  • Since 2005, around $3.67 billion has been invested in transport, trade, and energy
  • 18 ongoing CAREC projects
  • 11 completed CAREC projects

ADB to fund studies, design for Salang Corridor upgrade

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $31.37 million grant to prepare the Salang Corridor rehabilitation project to improve the efficiency and safety of movement of goods and people in Afghanistan and across Central Asia. Read more

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Building Afghanistan's new railway as lifesaving link

For Afghanistan, the country's first railroad has resulted in a steady supply of lifesaving goods and a vital link to Uzbekistan, its vibrant neighbor. Read more


FEATURE: Hairatan to Mazar-e-Sharif Railway Project

ADB power project to boost Afghanistan North-South link

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $159 million grant for a power transmission project to help Afghanistan overcome shortages in key areas and ultimately aid its push to become an exporter of surplus electricity to neighboring countries. Read more


North-South Power Transmission Enhancement Project (formerly Power Distribution Project)

CAREC in Afghanistan

Afghanistan joined CAREC in 2005 and has since been working with other member countries to forge links and partnerships that will restore the country to its traditional place as a crossroads of cultures and commerce.

As a strategic bridge between Central Asia and South Asia, Afghanistan stands to gain from the improvements in infrastructure connectivity that CAREC has been promoting. Major road and rail corridors-including the country's first railway line-now offer better access for poor, isolated regions of the country. In the energy sector, long transmission lines transport electricity generated by neighboring countries into households and businesses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

CAREC's strategy and operations are aligned with the goals and priorities of the Afghanistan National Development Strategy that includes developing regional transport networks, boosting regional trade, and securing reliable and efficient energy

Key Projects

Hairatan to Mazar-e-Sharif Railway Development Project

Afghanistan's first train route runs between Mazar-e-Sharif, a commercial center, and Hairatan, a bustling town on the border with Uzbekistan. Read more

The CAREC Program has mobilized around $3.34 billion for 29 projects in Afghanistan, on the principle that better connections will be key to unlocking the region’s vast resources and human potential.

The focus on building transport and energy networks is helping Afghanistan increase regional trade, promote private sector investment, and secure adequate power using electricity generated outside its borders. Economic integration with its CAREC neighbors will enable Afghanistan maximize the value of its natural resources, build human capacity, create jobs, and pay for services.

Membership in the CAREC Program is putting Afghanistan on the path to full integration into a prosperous region, with infrastructure—the backbone of development—laying the foundation for sustainable economic growth. The program could end the country’s dependence on aid and provide solutions to endemic poverty, instability, and weak governance.

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Economic Outlook

Highlights from the Asian Development Outlook 2016:

The unity government formed after presidential elections in 2014 is beset by an escalation in the insurgency that undermines its efforts to boost growth and public confidence in the wake of the 2014 withdrawal of international security forces. Growth edged up in 2015, and the outlook is for a modest pickup. Improved security, political cooperation, and donor support are required for the economy to transition to a sustainable path. Read full report

More economic and social indicators for Afghanistan from the World Bank's World Development Indicators online.

Human Development

The United Nations Development Programme prepares reports on human development in Afghanistan.