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The Trade and Accession Facilitation for Afghanistan (TAFA) project generates economic growth, trade, and investment by improving conditions for international trade and transit.  The project helps the Afghan Government and the private sector capitalize on regional and global trade linkages and boosts trade through assistance in trade policy liberalization, customs reform and trade facilitation. 



  • Duration: 
    Feb 2011 – Aug 2016
  • Value: $108 million
  • Duration: 
    Mar 2015 – Mar 2022
  • Value: $13 Million

Because legal protection for business is critical to long-term economic growth, CLDP, supported by USAID and the U.S Department of Commerce, aims to achieve an effective commercial legal framework to provide greater economic opportunities for Afghan entrepreneurs.

USAID’s support to one of Afghanistan’s leading financial services firms, the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds-Afghan Growth Finance (SEAF-AGF) program, helped local entrepreneurs and change-driven companies utilize financial inputs and add value through innovation and use of new technologies. From its inception in 2008, SEAF-AGF’s success in Afghanistan stemmed from its ability to structure dynamic financing options and provide management with hands-on operational support, as well as provide Afghan businesses with the international connections needed to accelerate their growth and profitability. AGF offered financing solutions to growth-oriented companies operating in key sectors of the economy. Strong emphasis was placed on agribusiness and agro-processing, light manufacturing, alternative energy, transport and distribution, consumer products and retail, services, and technology/communications. Investments were structured to match cash flows and capital requirements of each business, ranging from $100,000 to $11.5 million.

AESP provided architectural and engineering services for USAID in the sectors of energy, transportation, vertical structures, and water and sanitation. This $97 million program completed 219 work orders over seven years. AESP developed a USAID program to expand Afghanistan’s electric power system, a model internship program for Afghan women, quick response surveys for disaster relief, and an initiative to safeguard the structural capacity of Afghanistan’s schools and hospitals.


Last updated: September 18, 2020

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