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ADB to donate USD 400mn to revive Afghan economic growth

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) plans to donate USD 400mn to Afghanistan over the next two years to stimulate economic growth. This comes as the nation’s economic growth was sharply tumbled in 2013, with the inflation rate reaching 7.4% in

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Afghan Government and international donors meet to promote renewable energies

Around 30 representatives from the Afghan Government and the donors met on Wednesday to review the achievements the renewable energy sector had reached in Afghanistan in the past year. Opening the meeting, Energy and Water Deputy Minister Ghulam Faroq Qazizada

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Germany hands over two Badakhshan hydro power schemes to Afghan partners

The German Government officially handed over two small hydro power schemes in Badakhshan province to Afghanistan’s Ministry of Energy and Water on Tuesday. The power schemes will be operated and maintained by Afghanistan’s national power company, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat

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Development projects completed in Nooristan province

Two development projects of the National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (NSP/MRRD) were recently completed. According to the Provincial Manager of NSP in Nooristan province, the projects included construction of a Micro Hydro Project and

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USAID contractor ex-employee arrested on embezzlement charges

Afghan police working with American agents arrested an Afghan man on charges of stealing more than half million dollars from an agricultural development fund supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The money was insured, and there was

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Baghlan’s brown sugar production doubles as sugar beets cultivation increases

The New Baghlan Sugar Company produced more than 570 tons of sugar during sugar beet cultivation season in 2013, while the production was only 254 tons of sugar in 2012 and 2011. About 5,000 acres of land are used for

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Afghanistan and Iran discuss expansion of mutual cooperation

The Afghan Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal met with his Iranian counterpart Ali Tayeeb Nia to confer on expanding economic and trade ties between the two nations. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the World Bank’s spring annual

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Technical works of TAPI project kick off

According to the Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, technical works of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India project have kicked off and the construction work is expected to begin at the beginning of 2015. The Afghan government has earmarked USD 5mn for the

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Implementation of development projects creates job opportunities in Helmand

As many as 112 development projects are being implemented in Southern Helmand province. According to Pajhwok Afghan News, the projects include retaining walls, bridges, water controlling gates, small streams and road construction. The source adds the development projects form part

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Afghanistan, India and Iran to sign trilateral agreement on transit of goods next month

Afghanistan will soon be able to reach out to India through Chabahar port in southern Iran. An agreement to that effected is due to be signed among Kabul, New Delhi and Tehran in May of this year. “The draft of

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Afghan government signs 4 key projects with the World Bank

The Afghan Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal signed agreements on four key development projects with the World Bank (WB) on Saturday. Worth USD 255.50mn, the projects include CASA-1000, Non-Formal Approach to Training Education and Jobs in Afghanistan (NATEJA), Kabul Municipal

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Implementation of the Afghan-Turkmen-Tajik railway continues

Preliminary works on the feasibility study of the proposed Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Tajikistan railway project have been completed. The contract for the survey of the project was awarded to a foreign firm last year to evaluate the technical and financial modalities of the

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Afghanistan's economy to pick up pace in 2015 and 2016

According to a latest report by the World Bank, Afghanistan’s economic growth would rise to around 5% in 2015 and 2016. The recovery would highly depend on the country’s security situation after the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan. Sensitive

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Afghanistan’s economy to pick up pace in 2015 and 2016

According to a latest report by the World Bank, Afghanistan’s economic growth would rise to around 5% in 2015 and 2016. The recovery would highly depend on the country’s security situation after the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan. Sensitive

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Gas price up, flour down in Kabul

(Pajhwok Afghan News Weekly Price Report)- The price of flour decreased and of liquefied gas jumped in Kabul during the outgoing week that saw rates of other essential commodities staying stable, market sources said on Thursday. A 50-kg bag of

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Three development projects completed in Baghlan province

Three sub-projects of the National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (NSP/MRRD) were recently completed in Baghlan province and handed over to the communities. According to the concerned Provincial Manager of NSP, these development projects included

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AFP sets up permanent fund account to help the only survivor of Ahmad Sardar's family

The Agence France Presse (AFP) is establishing a permanent fund to receive donations for Abuzar–the only member of Ahmad Sardar’s family to survive the attack on Serena Hotel by four Taliban assassins. Abuzar, Sardar’s youngest child, has kindled in many

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AFP sets up permanent fund account to help the only survivor of Ahmad Sardar’s family

The Agence France Presse (AFP) is establishing a permanent fund to receive donations for Abuzar–the only member of Ahmad Sardar’s family to survive the attack on Serena Hotel by four Taliban assassins. Abuzar, Sardar’s youngest child, has kindled in many

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Flour price goes up, gold goes down in Kabul

(Pajhwok Afghan News Weekly Price Report)-The price of flour edged up while gold went down and other daily-use items remained steady in Kabul during the outgoing week, market sources said on Thursday. Food Traders’ Union head, Fazal Rahman, said the

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Afghan Elections Crucial For Future of the Country

By: Florance Ebrahimi- As Afghans prepare to choose their next President in the coming election their confidence and enthusiasm in the country’s electoral process is increasing day by day. Despite escalating violence and a constant threat by the Taliban. Afghanistan

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US Gives $30 Million in Food Assistance to Vulnerable Afghans

Today, the United States will contribute an additional $30 million to help the United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP) provide food and nutrition assistance to 3.7 million food-insecure Afghans. The contribution by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

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Deh Salah district of Baghlan to get a 50-bed hospital

The Afghan government has begun working on building a 50-bed hospital in the Deh Salah district of northern Baghlan province. This comes as the residents complained about the 10-bed clinic in the area that could not meet their demand. Deputy

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Foreign firms warned to pay taxes to Afghan government within a month

The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) has given a deadline of one month for 15 foreign companies to pay taxes in line with the country’s law of land to the government. AISA Director Wafiullah Iftikhar said foreign companies must abide

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Have a Question About the Afghan Elections? Ask an Afghan Citizen Journalist

Paiwandgāh, the online citizen journalism platform for Afghans, has launched its “Ask a Question” (http://paiwandgah.af/en/take-action/ask-a-question/) section to allow audiences around the world ask Afghan citizen journalists questions about the 2014 presidential and provincial Council elections. With the presidential election just

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Groundbreaking ceremony for Balkh province administrative building

The Provincial Council of Balkh province celebrated the groundbreaking of a new administrative building in Mazar-e Sharif on Tuesday.  The ceremony marks the start of a three-component project for strengthening the ability of the Provincial Council to fulfill its administrative

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