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Time for Afghanistan and Pakistan to open new trade avenues

Lahore Chief Minister Munhammad Shahbaz Sharif and Afghan Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal conferred on promoting bilateral trade and economic cooperation in a meeting on Thursday. Shahbaz said that it was time for Pakistan and Afghanistan to open new trade avenues

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Afghan look-alike of Salman Khan to appear on screen as Salman’s younger brother

Salman Khan’s upcoming movie, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, will be introducing an Afghan model who will be playing the role of Salman Khan’s younger brother. Najeem Khan hails from Kabul, Afghanistan and is currently living in New Delhi pursuing a career in

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ECO countries reflect low trade volume

The Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) has expressed concerns at the slow growth and lower trade volume among its members. Comprised of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, the ECO has reported sluggish trade volume

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Families in Balkh benefit from development projects

With a cost of more than 15,734,000 AFN, six projects of the National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD/NSP) were recently completed in Balkh province. According to the provincial manager of NSP in Balkh province,

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TVET schools open doors to Afghanistan’s apprentices in cooperation deal supported by Germany

This week, a new agreement set to modernize Afghanistan’s Oustad-Shagerdi or traditional apprenticeship system was signed between Assif Nang, Deputy Minister of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Hassan Sepahi, Chairman of the Federation of Afghan Crafts and Trade

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Afghan Finance Ministry receives aid to pay public employees’ salaries

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) pledged USD 75mn in aid to Afghan government to pay the salaries of public employees. This comes as the Afghan treasury faced a major budget shortfall and called on donor countries for

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A new health initiative on the way to improve health of Afghan women and children

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah visited the Indira Ghandi Institute for Child Health, a national children’s hospital supported by USAID, on Saturday to announce a new initiative to improve the health and well-being of

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Takhar’s new Bangi river suspension bridge connects 15,000 people with district centre

A new suspension bridge was inaugurated in Bangi district in the province of Takhar on Monday. The new bridge spans 150 metres in length, is 3.5 metres wide and connects a population of 15,000 from more than ten villages with

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Germany funds new women’s dormitory at Badakhshan University for 260 female students

Badakhshan University celebrated the official opening of a new women’s dormitory in Faizabad, the provincial capital. Built by the Department of Higher Education (DoHE) at a cost of over AFN 53 million with funding from the German Government, the new

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Afghanistan to be divided into 8 economic zones

President Ashraf Ghani said his administration plans to roll out robust economic programs for the economic growth and development of Afghanistan’s provinces. Addressing representatives from five major western provinces at the presidential palace, President Ghani said he would undertake economic

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Afghan-Iran trade value sparks questions about off-the-book trade

Iranian government has asserted that Afghan-Iran trade value stands at USD 4bn per annum, a figure that Afghan officials have disputed and claimed it to be USD 1.5bn. According to the Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries, the overall value

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Forty seven welfare projects executed in Laghman Province

Forty seven welfare projects have been executed in Laghman Province by National Solidarity Program (NSP)at a total cost of 57,416,846 AFN, with 10% community contribution. According to the provincial manager of NSP in Laghman province, these development projects include the

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Key road linking Pakistan with Afghanistan opens in Waziristan

Pakistani army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif inaugurated a key road linking Afghanistan and Pakistan in the South Waziristan tribal region in a bid to revive the local economy in the country’s tribal regions and northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The Central

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Thousands of Afghans to receive vocational trainings

The Afghan Ministry of Education plans to launch vocational training program for Afghan youths with financial collaboration from Germany, US government and Australia. An agreement to that effect was signed on Sunday in Kabul. This comes as Afghan youths are

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2nd Herat International Women’s Film Festival kicks off

Herat International Women’s Film Festival, the first ever women’s film festival in the region, is being held for the second time in the ancient Citadel of Herat. This year, the Festival has received 500 films from different parts of the

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Norway pledges USD 110mn in civilian and military aid to Afghanistan

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende announced Sunday that his country has pledged USD 110mn in aid to Afghanistan for the year 2015. The official met with his Afghan counterpart to confer on Norwegian civilian and military aid to Afghanistan. In

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MoU on Afghan women empowerment program signed between President Ghani and USAID

President Ashraf Ghani and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Promoting Gender Equity in National Priority Program (“Promote”) that seeks to advance opportunities for thousands of Afghan women to help them

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National Solidarity Program completes development projects in Nangarhar

Six projects of the National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD/NSP) were recently completed in Kot and Koz Kunar districts of Nangarhar province. Costing 5,781,670 AFN, these development projects included the construction of retaining walls,

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Balkh gets new district public library with German funding

The Balkh District Governor’s Office officially celebrated the start of construction work for a new public library in the district on Thursday. The building work for the library will cost over AFN 7,300,000, funded by the German Government. The public

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Six welfare projects completed in Faryab province

Six projects of the National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and development (MRRD/NSP) were recently completed in Shirin Tagab and Dawlat Abad districts of Faryab province at a cost of 8,277,716 AFN. According to Faryab NSP provincial

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USD 300mn recovered from Kabul Bank’s embezzled money

The Afghanistan Central Bank Governor Noorullah Delawari said the Kabul Bank scandal has been “resolved” with the recovery of more than USD 300mn funds. Delawari told the Associated Press that the government is continuing its efforts to recover the remaining

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Cristiano Ronaldo receives his 3rd golden boot

Cristiano Ronaldo received his third golden boot on Wednesday for scoring the most goals in Europe’s domestic leagues last season. He shared the award with Uruguayan Luis Suarez, who also scored 31 goals. “I promise to always give the fans

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US reach out to Iran to invest in Afghanistan

The United States have reportedly planned to approach Iran, Afghanistan’s western neighbor, to invest in Afghanistan. This is a mind-boggling take by the US who has imposed strict sanctions on Iran for their nuclear program. According to the Wall Street

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Afghan Chamber of Commerce supports reviving ‘Silk Road’

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) support reconstruction of the Wakhan corridor between Afghanistan and China that has historically been known as the “Silk Road” and has served as valuable economic route. ACCI Deputy CEO Khan Jan Alokozay

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Torkham’s customs revenue up by 20% despite decline in trade activity

Officials of the Customs Department at the Torkham dry port in eastern Nangarhar province have reported a 20% increase in their customs revenue this fiscal year. According to Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), the department has recorded 117mn Afghanis increase in

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