Ghani Says Afghan Mineral Wealth to Transform Economy

September 29, 2014 9:06 AM

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Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai vowed to tackle endemic corruption and use Afghanistan’s mineral wealth to wean the government off foreign aid after he became the country’s second elected leader since the U.S. invasion in 2001.

“The rich mineral resources in Afghanistan can transform the country into an industrial nation,” Ghani, a 65-year-old former World Bank economist, said after being sworn in as president today in Kabul. “We broadly depend on imports and foreign assistance, and we aim to create a sound economic system...

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