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Ahmad Zia Masood calls for coordination between Energy and Agriculture Ministry

Ahmad Zia Masood, President Ashraf Ghani’s special envoy, called for coordination between the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and Energy and Water to help address the country’s economic issues. Addressing a conference in Kabul on Saturday, Masood said the two

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Afghans busy hunting for gold in Takhar

Residents in Taloqan capital city of northern Takhar province have been sifting and washing river sand in search of gold for decades. The activity steps up in the winter when the water level falls in the river. Individuals involved in

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Afghan government seeks bailout from donors to pay salaries

The Afghan government has asked donors for a bailout before the end of the year, as salary payments to government employees are still pending. The national treasury has run out of money to pay salaries this month and has called

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Pakistani investors to avail from free economic zones in northern Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan, Janan Musazai, met with business community in Pakistan and invited them to invest in Afghanistan. He informed that the Afghan government plans to establish three free economic zones in north of Afghanistan for Pakistani investors to

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Work on new environmental training centre starts in Kunduz with German funding

Construction work has begun on a new building for the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) in Kunduz. The building will include a new environmental training centre for the agency to teach stakeholders about environmental protection and awareness. The AFN 24

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Korea funds Afghanistan’s first soy milk factory

The Government of the Republic of Korea has announced a contribution of US$12 million to the World Food Program (WFP) to build the country’s first soy milk factory. The donation was formalised in a signing ceremony in Kabul attended by

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Communities and local government complete three development projects in Bangi

Three development projects were completed in the remote district of Bangi in Takhar province Over the past months, the local communities in Bangi district centre and in the villages of Merha, Afghan Qishlaq and Shingrabi actively contributed in three construction

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New health and education projects completed in northern Takhar

Two new development projects completed with German assistance have been completed in the north of Takhar province. In Farkhar district centre, a new emergency unit was opened at Farkhar Hospital. In Baharak district, a new boundary wall was built for

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US congress unviels USD 1.1tn spending bill

US congress negotiators have agreed on a USD 1.1tn spending bill ahead of a looming Thursday evening deadline. The decision was aimed to avoid a government shutdown at midnight on Thursday and fund the federal government until September 2015. “This

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Military supplier in Afghanistan to pay USD 389mn in fraud case

Supplier to troops in Afghanistan, Supreme Foodservice GmbH, was plead guilty to a major fraud against the United States and agreed to pay USD 389mn to resolve civil violations of the False Claims Act, in connection with a contract to

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Kunduz witnesses completion of 35 development projects

The National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD/NSP) in Kunduz province completed implementation of 35 development projects. These development projects included the construction of community centers, culverts, micro hydro power stations, gravelling of rural rods

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Mapping risks in Badakhshan to help communities at risk of natural disasters

Faizabad, Badakhshan’s Provincial Governor’s Office (PGO) presented its risk mapping for natural disasters in all of the province’s 28 districts. The maps show where communities are most at risk of flooding, avalanches and landslides in Badakhshan. With AFN 72 million

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Community contributes to the implementation of development projects in Sar-e-Pul

Eight projects of the National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD/NSP) were recently completed in Gosfandi district of Sarepul province. According to the provincial manager of NSP in Sarepul province, these development projects included the

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Better maintenance of confidential documents in Kunduz with German help

The Registration Department of Imam Sahib district in Kunduz province now has newly renovated offices and new filing equipment following an AFN one million overhaul funded by the German government. As Mr. Mohammad Khan, manager of the registration department, emphasized

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President Ghani calls for transparency in the mining industry

President Ashraf Ghani visited the Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP)on Sunday and called on the officials to enhance capacity and transparency in the mining industry. “The Ministry must not be the creator of common works, but it must

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Construction of important side ditches starts in Taluqan with German funding

Takhar province’s Department of Public Works (DoPW) officially inaugurated construction works for two kilometres of roadside ditches in the provincial capital, Taluqan, on Sunday. The construction of the ditches will cost almost AFN 5.7 million in funding from the German

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Students from Harvard Business School sell Afghan saffron

A group of students from Harvard Business School, also military veterans, have established a company to sell retail-packaged saffron to markets in New York. The company called Rumi Spice purchases high-quality saffron directly from farmers in Afghanistan and sells them

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Roads and irrigation canals completed in Badghis province

With a cost of more than 5,816,000 AFN, ten projects of the National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (NSP/MRRD) were recently completed in Muqor, Qadis and Abkarami districts of Badghis province. According to the provincial

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Afghanistan chosen as connector between Asia and Europe

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission and the European Union plan to undertake a major infrastructure project that involves construction of roads and railways through Afghanistan. The project is aimed at connecting East Asia with Eastern Europe. Owed to

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London Conference assures support to Afghanistan to achieve self-reliance

The National Unity Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan met with the international community on 04 December 2014 in London to reaffirm and consolidate partnership. The participants confirmed the Afghan Government reformed program, entitled “Realizing Self-Reliance: Commitments to Reform

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Afghan government to merge 3 national banks

The Afghan Finance Ministry has reportedly proposed to the presidential palace merging of the three national banks of Afghanistan—Bank Millie Afghan, the New Kabul Bank and Pashtanay Bank—and forming one stronger national bank. According to reports, ARG has approved the proposal

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Kabul to receive USD 529mn worth of annual development aid from Germany

The German parliament voted on Friday to support Kabul with annual development aid worth USD 529mn. In a meeting with Afghan President Dr. Ashraf Ghani in Berlin, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to support Afghanistan’s unity government after withdrawal of

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Projects worth 16mn AFN executed in Uruzgan province

The National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (NSP/MRRD) recently completed sixteen development projects in Gizab, Shahid Hasas, Dehrawood, Tarinkot, Chora & Khas Uruzgan districts of Uruzgan province. According to the provincial manager of NSP in

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Afghanistan “truly open for business”

Afghanistan is building up its economy after over 30 years of conflict. President Ghani has put the economy high up on his agenda and has declared the country “truly open for business”. In a step towards this goal, Kabul hosted

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Afghanistan signs agreement with UK on export of pomegranate juice

Leading Afghan and British pomegranate juice companies signed a multi-million pound agreement to import Afghan pomegranate juice to the United Kingdom. The agreement was signed on Wednesday between Pomegreat, UK’s major pomegranate juice company, and Omaid Bahir, a Kabul-based factory

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