Plagued by decades of violence and conflict, the country is no ordinary place for doing business. Yet a slowly improving security and political environment is creating space for few pioneer investors to come in and develop a base of local businesses to serve an almost untouched market of 35mn people. British banker Anthony Barned took the gamble to move to Kabul and run a bank, the Afghanistan International Bank (AIB), jointly funded by local and international capital. He discusses with podcast host Jacopo Dettoni the perks and perils of navigating the country’s numerous challenges to remain on the positive side of its high risk / high reward business proposition.