This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.
Last Published: 4/17/2016
Since 2003, U.S. and international donors have spent billions of dollars on construction projects throughout Afghanistan.  This construction boom has created a dynamic local construction sector as many Afghans started construction firms.  Afghan construction companies typically distinguish themselves as working in horizontal construction, such as roads, runways, and other paved surfaces, or vertical construction, such as hospitals, schools and other types of buildings.  Many Afghan firms have worked as subcontractors for large U.S. and international subcontractors.  Through this work, some Afghan construction firms have developed a history of job performance, as well as familiarity with English, the United States, and with international construction methods and standards.  The Afghanistan Builders Association (ABA) is a private sector association that represents Afghan construction firms.  The ABA provides training, networking opportunities, and other events to connect the Afghan construction sector to international organizations and companies looking to work in Afghanistan.
 
Currently, U.S. spending is one of the major factors driving construction demand in Afghanistan. U.S. government funded contracting opportunities for construction projects in Afghanistan can be found at the FedBizOps website.  The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers provides information about their work in Afghanistan on their Afghanistan Engineer District North and Afghanistan Engineer District South websites.  Firms interested in Afghanistan’s construction sector should know, outside of projects undertaken through the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, U.S. military funding for construction has declined sharply since the drawdown of U.S. troops in 2014.  
 
Outside of international donor funded construction, Afghanistan is in dire need of new or improved housing stock and other types of commercial construction.  The  in substandard housing. Additionally, Kabul is severely earthquake prone.  However, many buildings in Kabul do not meet internationally accepted earthquake standards as Afghanistan does not have a codified building code.  Ongoing economic growth in Afghanistan could drive growth in the domestic housing and commercial construction industries.

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Afghanistan Design and Construction Trade Development and Promotion