08 Mar Catapults, Pickups and Tankers: Cross-Border Production and Trade and How It Shapes the Political Economy of the Borderland of Nimroz
Nimroz is sometimes dismissed as a backwater, a barren desert area with limited agricultural land and a relatively small population. However, over the last 2 decades the province has transformed into one of Afghanistan’s primary hubs for international trade, trailing only Nangarhar, Herat, and Balkh in terms of the value of customs duties the government collects. The economic and strategic significance of the province is further increased by the scale of the illicit trade in the tri-border area and the population of Nimroz’s links with those in Pakistan and Iran.
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