The Afghan Investment Support Agency (AISA) was set up by the Afghan government in October 2003 as an independent institution to serve as a one-stop agency for investors.

Since then, the agency has helped and registered thousands of domestic businesses and more than 300 international businesses to start operations in Afghanistan.


The formal procedures are straightforward and AISA registration typically takes less than two weeks, with the majority of cases registered within four days.

AISA acts as an independent agency with full autonomy, lobbying policy-makers for business-friendly policies. Its staff are experienced and specially trained to assist investors with any potential problems they may face in the course of doing business in Afghanistan.

The Industrial Parks Development Authority (IPDA) has been established under AISA in order to bundle assistance to businesses in a single, competent agency.

AISA is in the position to offer a large variety of services tailored specifically to individual investors’ needs.



  • Provision of information on key business sectors and investment opportunities


  • Advice on property and land solutions including details on the availability of slots in the various industrial parks


  • Advice on legal provisions regarding investment, tax, labour, insurance and environmental and social standards


  • Advice on local banking and credit institutions


  • Advice on donor-led support programmes for investors


  • Assistance in customs clearance of investment-related capital goods


  • Assistance in setting up business in Afghanistan


  • Securing all necessary permits, licences and clearance, including a simple, fast-track registration procedure


  • Directly issue investment licences for investments up to $1.5m


  • Help with the preparation of High Commission for Investment approval in the case of investments exceeding $3m


  • Sponsoring of investment conferences, symposiums and round tables


  • Announcement of investment opportunities, including privatisations of state-owned enterprises