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Afghanistan Country Report: GDP data and GDP forecasts; economic, financial and trade information; the best banks in Afghanistan; country and population overview

DATA ON GDP AND ECONOMIC INFORMATION
Central bank 78
Reserves of foreign exchange and gold 79
Gross Domestic Product - GDP 21
GDP (Purchasing Power Parity) 22
Real GDP growth
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
23.0% 24.0% 25.0% 26.0% 27.0% 28.0% 29.0% 30.0%

2009: 31.0% (estimate)    

2010: 32.0% (forecast)

GDP per capita - current prices 33
GDP per capita - PPP 34
GDP (PPP) - share of world total 35
GDP - composition by sector
  • 36
  • 37
  • 38
Gross domestic expenditure on R&D (% of GDP) 39
Inflation

40% (2008)

41% (2009)

Unemployment rate 42
83
84
Household saving rates 43
Public debt (% of GDP) 44
Government bond ratings

Standard & Poor's: 45

Moody's rating: 46

Moody's outlook: 47

(Foreign Currency Government Bond Ratings; Data last updated Nov 2009)

Market value of publicly traded shares 48
Largest companies in Afghanistan 77
FT top 50 banks in the world by market value 2009
DATA ON TRADE AND COMPETITIVENESS
Current account balance 49
Shares in world total merchandising export 51
Shares in world total commercial services export 52
Total exports 53
Export commodities 54
Total imports 55
Import commodities 56
Exports - major partners 57
Imports - major partners 58
FDI inflows
2007 2008
59 60
FDI outflows
2007 2008
61 62(2009)
Value of cross-border M&A, by country of purchaser
2007 2008 2009 (Jan-Jun)
63(2009) 64(2009) 65(2009)
Cross-border M&A deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2007

(Acquiring company, Acquired company, Country of the acquired company, Value of the deal)

66(2009)

(for a monthly update on M&A click here )

Cross-border M&A deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2008

(Acquiring company, Acquired company, Country of the acquired company, Value of the deal)

67(2009) (2009)

(for a monthly update on M&A click here )

Best countries for doing business

(ranking by country on a basis of 181, the first is the best)

Overall ranking: 68(2009) (2009)

Subcategories:

Starting a business: 69

Employing workers: 70(2009)

Registering property: 71(2009)

Getting credit: 72

Protecting investors: 73(2008 estimate)

Trading across border: 74(2009)

(2009)

Global competitiveness ranking
(ranking by country on a basis of 133, the first is the best)
75(2009)
Economic freedom index

76.0 (2009)

(100=totally free 0=totally repressed )

COUNTRY AND POPULATION OVERVIEW
Time zone 1
Total area 2
Capital 3
Currency 4
Government type 5
Languages 6
Religions 7
Total population 8
Urban population as % of total population 9
Population median age 10
Population growth rate 11
Life expectancy 12
Adult literacy 13
% of population living on less than $2 a day 14
Inequality of wealth distribution (Gini index)

15

(0=perfect equality, 100=absolute inequality)

Freedom House rating

16

(1 represents the most free, 7 the least free)

Total telephone subscribers as % of population

17

(sum of fixed telephone lines and mobile cellular subscribers)

Internet users as % of total population 18
Cost of living - Mercer index

(ranking by city on a basis of 143; the 1st is the most expensive and the 143rd is the least expensive; New York is the base city)

New York - Index: 100 (Base)

19

CO2 emissions

20

(metric tons of CO2 per capita)

GLOBAL FINANCE RANKINGS AND AWARDS
ARTICLES AND COUNTRIES REPORTS FROM GLOBAL FINANCE ARCHIVE