In mid-June, an article in the New York Times revealed to the world something that many Afghans already knew: Afghanistan sits on about $1 trillion-worth of minerals.

Afghans are now hoping the news will help the government attract much-needed foreign investment.

On July 20, the Afghan government will host the first International Conference on Afghanistan in Kabul. At the conference, Afghan officials intend to outline a national development strategy to international participants, including regional and international bankers