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Business Reforms in Afghanistan

Positive= Doing Business reform making it easier to do business.Negative= Change making it more difficult to do business.

DB2017:

Paying Taxes: Afghanistan made paying taxes more costly by increasing the business receipts tax rate.

Trading across Borders: Afghanistan made exporting and importing easier by enhancing the usage of different modules of the ASYCUDA World customs processing system.

DB2016:

Starting a Business: Afghanistan made starting a business more costly by increasing the registration and publication fees.

Getting Credit: Afghanistan improved access to credit information by launching a credit registry.

DB2015:

Starting a Business: Afghanistan made starting a business more difficult by increasing the publication fees and prolonging the time required for registration.

DB2014:

Starting a Business: Afghanistan made starting a business easier by reducing the time and cost to obtain a business license and by eliminating the inspection of the premises of newly registered companies.

Getting Credit: Afghanistan strengthened its secured transactions system by implementing a unified collateral registry.

DB2012:

Getting Electricity: Afghanistan made getting electricity easier by improving the efficiency of the electricity department in Kabul and introducing a new fee schedule for connections.

DB2010:

Starting a Business: Afghanistan simplified business start-up by taking company registration out of the commercial courts; establishing a new company registry that acts as a one-stop shop combining company registration, tax registration and publication in the official gazette; and introducing flat registration fees.

Registering Property: Afghanistan made registering property easier by reducing property transfer taxes.

Getting Credit: Afghanistan strengthened its secured transactions system through a new law broadening the range of assets that can be used as collateral (including future assets), allowing a general description of debts and obligations in a security agreement and permitting out-of-court enforcement of security interests.

DB2008:

Registering Property: Afghanistan made registering property easier by streamlining the process of obtaining approvals and by digitizing the title deed record systems of some district courts.

Paying Taxes: Afghanistan made paying taxes more difficult for companies by increasing the payment frequency for business receipt taxes from annual to quarterly.

Labor Market Regulation: Afghanistan increased the maximum number of working days allowed per week and introduced a requirement for third-party approval for collective dismissals.