The Afghanistan National Railway: A Plan of Opportunity
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV FORT MCNAIR DC
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In support of the State Departments New Silk Road initiative, U.S. Central Command USCENTCOM formed a planning team of subject matter experts spanning the Department of Defense DOD, the interagency community, academia, and the U.S. railroad industry to provide recommendations that advance the development of a national railway system for the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan GIRoA. The Afghanistan National Railway Plan ANRP was provided to the Afghanistan Railway Authority ARA in August 2013. The ANRP was developed on the basis of Afghanistans urgent need for a national transportation system as a precursor of economic development and political stability. Expansion of the existing 75-kilometer rail line could ultimately allow Afghanistan to export minerals and agricultural products, significantly enhance its position as a regional trading partner, improve domestic commerce, and link products, consumers, and markets across Eurasia and beyond.
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