Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Coke in Kabul

I'm glad I don't work for the Chamber of Commerce in Afghanistan. Luring business to the region is a difficult task, but Coca-Cola is giving it a go.

"Karzai's Western-backed government is desperate to kickstart an economy independent of the $3 billion-a-year illegal drugs trade, but has been unable to lure investors to one of the world's five poorest countries, where violence has hit a high since the 2001 war."

Apart from the drug trade, "the country has no economy and apart from thousands of well-paid United Nations personnel, foreign troops and aid workers, few people have money to spend."

Good news: a bottle of coke costs $.20.
Bad news: average yearly income is $200.

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