Permit That’s More Than Mere Paper

Spin Boldak’s mayor believes business licenses are part of a sustainable growth strategy for the border town
Spin Boldak’s mayor believes business licenses are part of a sustainable growth strategy for the border town
USAID's RAMP UP-SOUTH
Spin Boldak’s mayor believes business licenses are part of a sustainable growth strategy for the border town
11 SEPTEMBER 2013 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
For Spin Boldak, a border town in southern Afghanistan, the business permit is more than just a piece of paper. It is a sustainable growth strategy.
 
The municipality issued a hundred licenses in the very first month, earning roughly $400, which is being ploughed back into essential public services.
 
Linked to Kandahar city and to Chaman and Quetta in Pakistan, Spin Boldak is a hub of cross border trade.  
 
The permits are part of an economic strategy developed with the help of USAID’s Regional Afghan Municipalities Program for Urban Populations (RAMP UP) South.
 
Spin Boldak’s mayor, Shazada Shabaab, says that local businesses are keen to register and there are gains on both sides.
 
“About 2,700 of 3,000 businesses are in the process of being registered,” he noted, “it has made problem solving easier because we have more information about local businesses and they have a closer relationship with us.”

Last updated: July 21, 2014

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