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Pakistan to allow Afghan vehicles to pass Wagah border without hurdles

Pakistan’s Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir assured that Afghan vehicles would not be kept for more than 2 days at Pakistan’s ports. His comments followed after his visit to Kabul to discuss news ways of economic cooperation between the neighboring nations

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France boosts WFP emergency response in Afghanistan while helping local economy

The Government of France has announced a contribution of €400,000 (US$ 424,000) to the World Food Program (WFP) to assist with emergency response in Afghanistan in 2015. The announcement was formalized at a signing ceremony on Wednesday at the French

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Emerging Afghanistan: Fortune favours the bold at the Silk Route’s junction

Private investors, international donors and business organisations are keeping a vigilant eye on the reconstruction of war-torn Afghanistan, as president Barak Obama agrees to keep US troops in the country until the end of 2016, a survey by Timetric’s global

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Development of telecom sector is our top priority: President Ghani

President Ashraf Ghani said the development of Afghanistan’s telecommunication sector was the government’s top priority. In a meeting with directors of Afghan Telecom, Roshan, Afghan Wireless Communication Company, Etisalat and Multinational Telecommunication Network (MTN) at the Presidential Palace, President Ghani

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Third “Made in Pakistan” exhibition being held in Kabul

The “Made in Pakistan” exhibition is being held for the third time in Kabul, Afghanistan from April 15-17. As many as 40 companies are participating in this exhibition to showcase their goods and services such as electric cables, batteries, paints,

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Civil servants in Takhar complete six months of training in office management

161 civil servants, including 30 women, from more than 37 public and local government institutions successfully completed six months of training in English, computer software and management skills in Taluqan, the capital of Takhar province in northern Afghanistan. The training

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Regional Integration and Transit Trade Issues

Despite being a land-locked country, the geo-strategic location of Afghanistan connecting Central and South Asian countries, China with the Middle East and Europe, makes it an ideal transit hub. However, its true potential could not be utilized since long due

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Building work starts on new dormitory for up to 400 male students at Balkh University

Work on the construction of a new dormitory building for the University of Balkh has officially begun. Once completed, the dormitories will be able to house up to 400 male students, with 4 students sharing one spacious room. The aim

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Will Afghanistan’s presence in APTTA be merely symbolic?

Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan recently finalized a trilateral trade transit agreement, which originally emerged between Afghanistan and Pakistan and invited Tajikistan as well to extend trade to the entire region. The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries officials are, however,

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Afghan honey producers urge the government to find international market

Afghan honey producers have witnessed a tremendous increase in their honey production both in terms of quantity and quality. According to Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), the producers claim to produce over 15 tons of quality honey annually, compared to only

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The taste of Afghan honey proves irresistible

More than 20 wooden boxes sit in a row under direct sunlight and in a little distance away is a little girl playing with a dog, apparently trying to distract the dog from strangers, who have just arrived. Each of

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List of Hollywood-inspired movie industries

Below is a list of film industries from around the world whose names are inspired by the iconic name of Hollywood–the origin of American film industry. FYI, Uganda’s film industry is nicknamed Wakaliwood based on Wakaliga, a slum in Uganda’s

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Tajik-Afghan-Pak delegation meet up to conclude trade agreement

Delegations from Afghanistan and Pakistan met in Dushanbe, Tajikistan capital city, on Thursday to reach conclusive decisions on the trilateral transit agreement. The Afghan-Pak Trade Transit Agreement (APTTA) was signed between Pakistan and Afghanistan in 2010, based on which Afghan

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Afghan students to receive trainings as per job market demands

The University Support and Workforce Development Project (USWDP), funded by the USAID, is providing trainings to Afghan university students as per the demand in market. Kandahar University is one of the 10 universities that is included in the program as

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FIFA funds programs to boost Afghan football

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has invested in various projects to boost football in Afghanistan. Afghan football receives new headquarters, an indoor futsal hall and a beach soccer pitch through FIFA’s Goal and Challenger programs. FIFA invested a total

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Afghanistan’s first grid-tied solar power opened in Kabul

Mr. Ghulam Faruq Qazizada, acting minister for Energy and Water, officially opened Afghanistan’s first project for grid-tied solar power in Kabul on Wednesday. The pilot project is the first of its kind to test the ability to feed solar power

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Afghan Senate urges the government to bring reforms to the tax system

Afghan senators have called on the government to bring reforms to the tax system and help create an investment-friendly environment. They suggested to summon the Finance Minister to brief on the tax system that sparked protest all over Kabul city.

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MoUs signed to facilitate Afghanistan’s trade

A number of Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) have been signed between the Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan (EPAA), Afghanistan International Bank (AIB) and Afghan Rural Finance Company (ARFC) to facilitate trade and businesses in Afghanistan. The MoUs will enhance Afghan

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Afghanistan repels Pakistan’s suggestion of joint customs office

Pakistan’s government had proposed establishment of a joint Afghan-Pak customs office for better management of Afghan trade through Pakistani ports. The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI)rejected the proposal, slamming it as a move to pursue “political goals”. “We

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23 Development Projects Completed in Kapisa Province

The National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD/NSP) completed 23 infrastructure projects in Hesa-e-Awal Kohistan, Mahmood Raqi, Nijrab and Koh Band districts of Kapisa province. According to NSP Provincial Manager in Kapisa province, these development

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China asserts cooperation with Afghanistan in rebuilding process

China’s ambassador to Kabul, Den Xijun assured the Afghan government that China would continue its cooperation regarding insuring peace and stability and national reconciliation. The ambassador met with the Afghan Foreign Affairs Minister Salahuddin Rabbani in Kabul on Sunday. “Insuring

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Enrollment of Afghan apprentices in technical and vocational institutes in Mazar and Kabul

Two-hundred apprentices started the first day of studies in the Oil & Gas Institute in Mazar- Sharif on Sunday. Last Sunday, 850 further apprentices or shagerdis were officially enrolled in five institutes in Kabul. The 1,050 students around the country

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Japan will provide USD 3.5 million for comprehensive counter narcotics program

The Government of Japan will provide a total amount of USD3,500,000 of assistance to Afghanistan through United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for its comprehensive counter narcotics program to respond to the urgent needs of tackling narcotics related

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Arthur Laffer

Arthur Laffer (b. 1940), one of the chief architects of Ronald Reagan’s economic policies, is best known for the “Laffer Curve,” which purports to demonstrate that decreasing tax rates may increase tax revenues. Arthur B. Laffer’s economic acumen and influence

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57 Fascinating Business Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

Ben & Jerry’s is owned by Unilever. Wal-Mart averages a profit of $1.8 million every hour. “Yahoo” is an acronym for “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.” Starbucks’ round tables were created specifically so customers would feel less alone. Apple’s iPad

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