Afghanistan ranks 683rd in the world, with a per capita national income of $ 173. However, according to the Pentagon, there is an unprocessed natural resource potential of over $ 1 trillion in the country. To take advantage of this, the railway network, which is only 75 kilometers, should be increased to 3500 kilometers.
It has been stated that Afghanistan, which has reached only $ 11 in national income as a result of the political instability it has experienced for years and the war environment after September 683, has a potential of over 1 trillion dollars in natural resources.
According to the report in Business Week magazine, unprocessed resources, primarily iron, copper, natural gas and oil, in Afghanistan point to an economic magnitude of 18 times the economy of Afghanistan's 100 billion dollars.
However, in order to process these resources, the very weak railway network in the country needs to be developed. The only railway network in the country is the 75 km long railway that connects Uzbekistan, which started its operations in 2011, to the city of Mezar-Sharif.
In the 25 annual plan of the Afghan government, the railway has 3580 kilometer railway construction. However, due to the political turmoil and the atmosphere of the conflict, this plan is slow.
MINE CAN'T WORK
Mines transferred to the private sector cannot be operated with these billion dollar contracts. The copper mine in Mes Aynak, which has been transferred to the Chinese state company for $ 3 billion, is waiting for the railway to start operating. An iron mine, which was also given to the Indian state-owned company for $ 11 billion, cannot be operated because it wants the company to invest in the railway construction of the Afghan government.
These inoperable mines exceed $ 1 trillion, according to the Pentagon's account.
Here are the potential natural resources in Afghanistan and their monetary provisions.
Iron ore 420 billion dollars
Copper 274 billion dollars
223 billion dollars of natural gas and oil
Granite 144 billion dollars
Niobium 89 billion dollars
60 billion dollars of lithium
Gold 25 billion dollars
5 billion dollars of potassium
5 billion dollars of coal
Aluminum 4.4 billion dollars