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Afghanistan’s mineral sector can generate USD 1bn a year by 2020

By Cheryl Pellerin American Forces Press Service A high-tech mineral-mapping effort nearly complete in Afghanistan and the first of its kind in the world already generates $146 million in yearly revenue, and Afghanistan’s minister of mines and petroleum hopes to

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Illegal cross-border trade threatens Afghanistan's local economy

Afghan local businesses have raised concerns over trade of contraband goods through the borders from Pakistan. According to Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), businesses in Khost province of Afghanistan are faced with severe consequences of the illegal trade

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Illegal cross-border trade threatens Afghanistan’s local economy

Afghan local businesses have raised concerns over trade of contraband goods through the borders from Pakistan. According to Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), businesses in Khost province of Afghanistan are faced with severe consequences of the illegal trade

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Afghan Foreign Affairs Minister woos Azerbaijan investors

During his visit to Baku, Azerbaijan, Afghan Foreign Affairs Minister  met with the officials to discuss development of economic ties between the two nations. Minister Zarar Ahmad Osmani offered red carpet to Azerbaijan investors and said Afghanistan presented a “good”

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US Contributes $105 Million to Asian Development Bank Infrastructure Fund for Afghanistan

 The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has contributed $105 million to the Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund (AITF) to date. Established in 2010, the AITF is a multi-donor trust fund administered by the Asian Development Bank to coordinate donor assistance

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Rising Afghan Women Leaders Initiative launched in Doha

On March 9-12, 2014, The Rising Afghan Women Leaders Initiative (RAWLI) was launched by the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council (USAWC) of Georgetown University at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service campus in Doha, Qatar. This initiative was designed under the auspices of

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A guide book published to help improve fruit cultivation in Afghanistan

A guide book titled “Fruit Trees Guide” has been published by the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the European Union (EU) to help farmers improve their trees’ productivity. Containing information on about 900 different kinds of fruit-bearing fruits,

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Kandahar's iodized salt factory inaugurated

Kandahar Governor Dr. Toryalai Weesa along with a number of businessmen and industrialists inaugurated Kandahar’s first-ever iodized factory. Owned by 5 local businessmen, the factory is worth USD 160,000 and was completed in 10 months. The factory produces three to

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Kandahar’s iodized salt factory inaugurated

Kandahar Governor Dr. Toryalai Weesa along with a number of businessmen and industrialists inaugurated Kandahar’s first-ever iodized factory. Owned by 5 local businessmen, the factory is worth USD 160,000 and was completed in 10 months. The factory produces three to

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Afghanistan's renowned female entrepreneur starts taxi service

Kamela Sidiqi, Afghanistan’s illustrious entrepreneur, has launched first centralized taxi service in the country. Mimicking the more professional taxi service of the West, Kamela’s new company aims to make taxi service in Afghanistan more professional and standard. Currently, taxi services

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Afghanistan’s renowned female entrepreneur starts taxi service

Kamela Sidiqi, Afghanistan’s illustrious entrepreneur, has launched first centralized taxi service in the country. Mimicking the more professional taxi service of the West, Kamela’s new company aims to make taxi service in Afghanistan more professional and standard. Currently, taxi services

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Asian Development Bank funds 3 bridges in Khost province

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) funds construction of three bridges in southeastern Khost province. Construction work on the bridges was underway and would be inaugurated soon, said Khost Governor Abdul Jabbar Naeemi. The bridges are being built in Maton Gulzar,

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More than 10mn fruit-bearing saplings to be planted in Bamyan province

Over 10 million fruit-bearing saplings, mostly apricot and apples, would be planted under the Green Evolution Program of the Governor’s office in Bamyan province. The saplings would be planted in Shibar, Bamyan city and five other districts of the province

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India plays an important role in Afghanistan, says General Joseph Dunford

India can play a crucial role in Afghanistan both diplomatically and economically, said the commander of the US-Nato forces in Kabul. “I think India’s role in Afghanistan is critical. India is a very close partner to Afghanistan, and from an

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Afghanistan, Tajikistan discuss developing cooperation

Afghan Economy Minister and Co-chairman of the Tajik-Afghan intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation, Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, met with President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon to confer on ways to develop cooperation between the two neighboring countries. The two parties

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New Afghanistan country strategy: A reliable partnership in times of change

“A reliable partnership in times of change” is the title of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (BMZ) country strategy for Afghanistan from 2014 to 2017. Introduced by Federal Minister Dr. Gerd Müller at the start of

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World Bank funds IT training in Kabul

Over 1,000 students, introduced by private and government sectors, will receive training in information technology skills (IT)  by the Afghan Ministry of Communication and Information and Technology (MoIT). Costing USD 1.2mn, the project will be funded by the World Bank

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Khalifa Foundation's Fortified food project to benefit 18mn Afghans

Afghan government has welcomed the Food Fortification Program of the Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan Foundation that is aimed at eradicating malnutrition among 18 million vulnerable Afghans–women and children. The program is being implemented by the Global Alliance for Improved

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Khalifa Foundation’s Fortified food project to benefit 18mn Afghans

Afghan government has welcomed the Food Fortification Program of the Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan Foundation that is aimed at eradicating malnutrition among 18 million vulnerable Afghans–women and children. The program is being implemented by the Global Alliance for Improved

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NSP projects implemented in Kapisa province

Costing more than 4,000,000 AFN,  five sub-projects of the National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) were recently completed in Kapisa province and handed over to the communities. According to the concerned Provincial Manager

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River bank flood protection handed over to River Basin Department in Taloqan

Following completion of the Taloqan River Bank Flood Protection Project on 28th February 2014, today saw the official handover of the construction and its facilities to the Taloqan River Basin Department. The flood barrier offers protection on both sides of

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Afghanistan’s GDP drops by 4% this year

According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), Afghanistan’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 7% in the current fiscal year (1392). The growth rate is 4% less than the previous year, the CSO said. Haseebullah Mohed, Deputy Head of CSO,

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Gold price down, fuel price up in Kabul city

(Pajhwok Afghan News Weekly Price Report): Prices of petrol, liquefied gas and green tea jumped and that of Arabic gold sunk, with other daily-use commodities’ rates staying stable in Kabul during the outgoing week, retailers said on Thursday. Abdul Hadi,

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Pakistan rejects Afghanistan's fears over Dasu Dam project

Afghanistan has recently urged World Bank to halt funding of the Dasu Dam Hydropower Project in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, objecting that Afghanistan’s relevant departments were provided with the detail require information and details about the dam and the project lacked

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Pakistan rejects Afghanistan’s fears over Dasu Dam project

Afghanistan has recently urged World Bank to halt funding of the Dasu Dam Hydropower Project in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, objecting that Afghanistan’s relevant departments were provided with the detail require information and details about the dam and the project lacked

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