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Afghanistan, India set to further strengthen ties

President Ashraf Ghani paid a state visit to India from 27-29 April and met with President Pranab MukherJee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior members of the Indian Cabinet. This was the first visit of President Ghani to India after

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Engineers in northern Afghanistan complete trainings on infrastructure maintenance and operations

Over the past months, over 210 engineers from various technical departments in the provinces Badakhshan, Baghlan, Balkh, Kunduz, Samangan and Takhar have successfully been taking part in two sets of courses. 140 people took part in a course on the

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A pilot project underway to boost Afghanistan’s wheat sales by 50%

A pilot USAID project is connecting suppliers and wheat farmers to boost sales of high quality seeds that can increase production by up to 50 percent. Wheat, which is the most important crop in Afghanistan, supplies half of the total

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First business training ever held for women in Jalrez district of Maidan Wardak

A six-month business and capacity-building training was held for women in Jalrez district of Maidan Wardak province by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD). Dozens of Afghan women graduated from the training such as forex trading and forex

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Investment capital of $20mn required for foreign banks opening in Afghanistan

Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), Afghanistan’s Central Bank, has changed regulations for foreign banks following closure of the Standard Chartered Bank and Punjab Bank in Afghanistan. The investment capital needed for a foreign bank to start up in Afghanistan is increased

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Afghan government lauds WTO membership

Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) has termed accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) critical for Afghanistan’s development and trade ties with the international community. The application materials for membership to WTO have been submitted to President Ashraf

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Pakistan, Turkmenistan ready to expedite work on TAPI

Pakistan and Turkmenistan have both agreed to accelerate work on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project. Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov discussed the TAPI project with his Pakistani counterpart Mamnoon Hussain on the sidelines of Canakkale battles centenary ceremonies in Istanbul,

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CASA-1000 pact inked in Turkey

Core project agreements of the long-awaited Central Asia South Asia 1000 (CASA 1000) were signed on April 23 in Istanbul, Turkey. The agreements consist of Four Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) between respective countries: a Master Agreement between all four parties;

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21% increase in number of Afghan patients seeking treatment in India

The number of Afghan patients seeking treatment in India rose by 21% in 2014 to more than 32,000 patients. A large number of Afghans still remain unsatisfied with the quality of medical service in Afghanistan. India is the most sought

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Afghan-Pak industrial exhibition kicks off in Mazar

The ‘Made in Pakistan’ industrial exhibition is being held in Mazar-e-Sharif, capital of northern Balkh province from 22 to 24 April. This is similar to how forex trading works when it comes to online forex trading from Australian and Australian

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NUG determined to boost industrial sector: CEO Abdullah

Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said the National Unity Government (NUG) was determined to enhance the industrial parks and encourage traders and investors. Addressing the oath taking ceremony of new minister, CEO Abdullah Abdullah underlined that NUG has to

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62 development projects completed in Kabul Province

As many as 62 development projects have been completed in MirBachakot, Kalakan and Qara Bagh districts of Kabul province by the National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD). The projects were implemented at a

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25 Afghans attend WTO accession training in India

Afghanistan is at the cusp of joining the WTO having completed most of the accession formalities. Afghanistan will be the 35th LDC member of this rules based organization and this status entails a few privileges and preferences that other more

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President Ghani highlights importance of Afghanistan for the region

President Ashraf Ghani who is on a two-day official visit in Tehran, Iran called for mutual cooperation to overcome the challenges of the region. Addressing a meeting with the Iran’s Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Petroleum, he said trade

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President Ghani’s visit to Tehran to open new bilateral ties

President Ashraf Ghani is on a two-day visit in Tehran for the first time after being elected as the Afghan president in September, 2014. Chairman of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture has attached great importance to President

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Nimroz districts benefit from development projects

The National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) implemented 11 development projects in Char Burjak, Chakhan Sor and Kang districts of Nimroz province. Costing 6.5mn AFN, the projects were handed over to the general

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Foundation of school laid in Baghlan province

At a total cost of USD 56,935, the National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) laid the foundation stone for a six-classroom school in Pul-e-Khumri, the capital city of Baghlan province. After the completion

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The completion of development projects help thousands of people in Ghor

Three development projects implemented under the National Rural Access Program (NRAP) and the National Area-Based Development Program (NABD) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development were recently completed in Dawlatyar and Lal-wa-Sarjangal districts of Ghor province. Built at a

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Afghanistan participates in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

The United States Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs funded the 2014-15 Afghanistan National Rounds of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Jessup, the world’s largest and most prestigious law school moot court competition, attracts

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5th Afghan-Turk International Expo to be held in Kabul

Kabul is hosting Afghan-Turk International Expo on 21-24 April, 2015 for the fifth time. The event is organized by the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) and Afghan-Turkish Industrialists & Traders Association (ATSIAD) in Mumtaz Mahal Hall, Kabul. The

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Afghan farmers receive new agriculture machineries

Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) introduced a new cultivation machinery to farmers in Bamyan that cultivate more potatoes in shortest possible time. This comes as potato yield is considerably declining in the province due to influx of

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Why Pakistan wants to open more trade routes with Afghanistan?

Pakistan’s Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir Khan during his recent visit to Kabul brought up the issue of opening more trade routes with Afghanistan. Afghanistan and Pakistan presently have four trade routes: Chaman, Ghulam Khan, Torkham and Miran Shah. Mirnashah is

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New facilities open at Kunduz Regional Hospital with funding from Germany

Deputy Minister of Public Health, Dr Abdul Basir Sarwar, and Mr. Andreas Glossner, Political Counselor at the German Embassy in Kabul, officially opened the newly refurbished and extended Regional Hospital in Kunduz, funded by the German government through KfW Development

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Afghanistan pushes for inclusion of India in PATTTA

The Afghan government demanded Pakistan’s Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir during his recent visit to Kabul the inclusion of India in the Pakistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA). Khan Jan Alokozay, Deputy Chief of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI),

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Programs for Afghan women’s career development and business growth

The International Center for Afghan Women’s Economic Development (ICAWED) has launched a series of training programs aimed at career development and business growth of Afghan women. The training courses include Women in Business Management/Leadership, Business Planning, Brnading & Packaging and

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