Efforts to start a drinks industry in Afghanistan are failing, as red tape and bureaucracy continue to get in the way.

According to a report by Dow Jones today (6 May), over US$50m of soft drinks were imported into the country last year, but domestic production has failed to get off the ground.

Dow Jones reported that the president of the Afghan International Chamber of Commerce (AICC) said that businessmen intent on producing non-alcoholic drinks in Afghanistan have not yet completed the formal criteria required to start the business so far.

"The problem here is that the government hasn't prepared the ground for investors in the country," one source was quoted saying.