30 Jul '12, 7pm

Afghanistan's economy is seen as 'not sustainable' - Stars and Stripes

A worker sorts sandals at the Shorhat Plastics factory in Kabul. Sales at the factory, as at many Afghan businesses, have slumped as international organizations and militaries begin scaling back operations in Afghanistan. Heath Druzin/Stars and Stripes A worker pulls sandals out of a mould at Shorhat Plastics factory in Kabul as company owner Abdul Jaffar Safi looks on. Safi, president of the Afghan Industrial Association, a trade group representing more than 1,200 Afghan manufacturers, says many are struggling as international organizations and money start to decrease. Heath Druzin/Stars and Stripes KABUL — While waiting to speak to Afghanistan’s finance minister about the future of the Afghan economy, two visitors recently got a sense of the present when they were served the customary cup of tea. The red, white and blue mugs read, “USAID: From the American people.” Much ...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/afghanistan-s-economy-is-seen...

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