Minerals Can Secure Afghanistan's Future

Afghanistan is rich in gemstones. (Photos: Afghanistan Geological Survey)

In mid-June, an article in the New York Times revealed to the world something that many Afghans already knew: Afghanistan sits on about $1 trillion-worth of minerals. Afghans are now hoping the news will help the government attract much-needed foreign investment.

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M. Ashraf Haidari is Deputy Chief of Mission and Political Counselor of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington DC. His e-mail is haidari@embassyofafghanistan.org

Minerals Can Secure Afghanistan's Future

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