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Public Register

Establishing public central registers of company beneficial ownership information

Country: Afghanistan

Status: ongoing

Themes: Beneficial ownership

Last updated: October 2018

Classification:

Concrete: Concrete | New: New | Ambitious: Ambitious

Notes:

October 2018 update: Afghanistan mining law has been recently passed by the cabinet that obliges contractors to declare their beneficial ownership.

June 2018 update: No change.

July 2017 update: Two separate but related initiatives are underway to establish the legal framework for registering of beneficial ownership in Afghanistan. Afghanistan EITI started to work on beneficial ownership one year back with an exclusive focus on companies active in the extractive sector. A roadmap has been prepared and some progress has been made. However, the mining law has not been amended to encompass beneficial ownership registration. Afghanistan Central Business Registry (ACBR) has come up with a new website that published shareholders of the companies. In addition, ACBR, as well as National Procurement Authority as well as a civil society organization, Integrity Watch Afghanistan, have prepared a proposal for the government on introducing beneficial ownership registration and publication across the sectors. The proposal is depending the High Economic Council’s approval before actual work on development of a legislation begins.

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