Afghanistans Oil, Gas, and Minerals Industries: $488 Million in U.S. Efforts Show Limited Progress Overall, and Challenges Prevent Further Investment and Growth
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) Arlington United States
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Most TFBSO and USAID assistance to Afghanistans extractive industries has been directed toward developing capacity at the MoMP and its component organizations, and toward making regulatory reforms to attract private sector investment. TFBSO pursued short-term projects seeking immediate results, while USAID pursued longer-term capacity-development efforts. Both the efforts of TFBSO and USAID in this area produced mixed results. Responding to SIGARs April 2015 report on TFBSO, USAID assessed the projects TFBSO transferred to the MoMP and estimated the costs to continue them. USAID concluded that it does not have the funding to support those projects. Separately, SIGAR determined that USAIDs own programs had mixed results because of the lack of MoMP commitment to reforms, and other challenges in Afghanistans operating environment.