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WTO approves Kazakhstan’s membership after 19-year negotiations

Kazakhstan is set to become a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) after a 19-year accession process. WTO members formally adopted Kazakhstan’s WTO terms of entry at the General Council meeting on 27 July 2015, in the presence of

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Afghan government lacks proper strategy for economic development: AISA

The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) accused the government of lacking a property strategy for economic development. This comes as Afghanistan has witnessed a 30% decline in foreign investment. Newly appointed AISA chief, Mohammad Qurban Haqjo, said last week that

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Samangan local radio and TV goes “on air” in brand new studio financed by Germany

 Samangan National Radio TV opened its new studio built with technical and financial assistance from the German government’s programs for Regional Capacity Development (RCD) in northern Afghanistan. The newly equipped station will broadcast a wide range of programs for the

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Afghan Ministry of Rural Development exceeds its 100-day target

The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) has executed 4,809 uplift projects across the country during the past six months. MRRD Minister Nasir Ahmad Durrani said his ministry has crossed the 100-day development target and added that around three

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Newly repaired road in Badakhshan resolves major transportation issue

The 27 kilometer long Darayem Road was officially reopened for traffic on Tuesday, following two years of repair work on the road. Funded by the German government at a cost of AFN 180 million, the road was handed over to

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Embassy of India announces Master Degree programs for Afghan students

The Embassy of India, Kabul announces the unique Masters Degree program in foreign affairs (M.A. Diplomacy, Law and Business DLB) offered by O.P Jindal Global University (JGU). JGU is a non-profit global university. The vision of JGU is to promote

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What is government’s role in sparking innovation?

By Mariana Mazzucato The conventional view in mainstream economics today is that governments have little capacity to spark innovation. The state should play as limited a role in the economy as possible, the thinking goes, intervening only in cases of

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Twitter’s CEO’s rules for success

Every successful person follows a set of rules that has led him/her to success and glory. Here are the rules for success of Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey. Don’t be a jerk Don’t take anyone for granted Enjoy the moment Be

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Tajikistan to host 4th Afghanistan Economic Development Expo in August

The 4th Afghanistan Economic Development Expo is slated for August 7th-10th in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The exhibition is aimed at strengthening trade ties between the two neighboring nations, finding joint investment opportunities among Afghan and Tajik investors and finding solutions to

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Helmand farmers witness heavy basil production this year

Farmers in Helmand turned to cultivation of basil this year and have witnessed a heavy production of the crop. Once known as the hub for poppy cultivation, the southern Helmand province has seen a tremendous growth in legitimate crops in

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USAID launches leadership skills course for Afghan women

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) PROMOTE program launched the Jawana women’s leadership skills course with a ceremony at the Geology Faculty of Kabul University. The young women, who have either a high school diploma, vocational school or university

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Test farm in Nangarhar shows positive results

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) had established five test farms in the country in order to conduct researches on various types of plants. Officials of the agriculture department in eastern Nagarhar province have told Pajhwok Afghan

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Millennial money: Five of the youngest entrepreneurs

Despite the sometimes discouraging news about millennials and the job market, the list of well-known companies started by that demographic is plentiful, and include names like Facebook, Airbnb and Dropbox. The task of earning a 10-digit net worth before the

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Salma Dam to be completed by mid-2016

The Salma Dam located in western Herat province is expected to be completed by mid-2016. The major dam passed a critical stage on Sunday with closure of Diversion Tunnel Gate and work on filling of dam reservoir kicked off. According

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8 interesting facts about Sanjay Dutt

Sanjay Dutt made his first acting debut with the box office hit ‘Rocky’ in 1981.   Sanjay Dutt got addicted to drugs during his college days. His mother died in 1981, shortly before his debut film’s premiere; her death has

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Afghanistan tanks up on eco-friendly fuel

In late 2014, two liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vehicle conversion centers and gas stations opened in the Afghan capital of Kabul, offering budget-conscious motorists a way to run their cars on affordable, eco-friendly fuel. They were the newest outlets of

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Afghanistan, Tajikistan discuss strengthening cross-border trade

Afghan and Tajik officials have met to confer on strengthening cross-border trade between the two neighboring nations. The issues were discussed in a meeting between Afghan Commercial Attaché in Tajikistan, Mujibullah Malikzada, and Chairman of Tajikistan’s Chamber of Commerce and

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AISA to seek amendments to investment law

Chief of the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA), Mohammad Qurban Haqjo, said on Friday that AISA plans to seek amendments to the nation’s investment law in an effort to revive investors’ confidence and improve investment in the country. “Our responsibility

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100 facts about the economy that will blow your mind

As of January 2013, there are 16 people left in the world who were born in the 1800s, according to the Gerontology Research Group. With dividends reinvested, U.S. stocks have increased 28,000-fold during their lifetimes. If you divide their net

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Ten Tips from 10 Serial Entrepreneurs

On the subject of entrepreneurship, advice is plentiful. It seems as though there are three new books out every week offering insights and advice about starting a business. Magazines, blogs, conferences, college courses are all robust sources for entrepreneurship tips,

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Afghan-PAK 10th Joint Economic Commission meeting to be held in August

The 10th Afghanistan-Pakistan Joint Economic Commission is slated for August 26-27 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The dates were finalized in a meeting between Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Janan Mosazai and Pakistani Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Wednesday. Minister Dar informed Afghan

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Saffron to become a countrywide crop in Afghanistan

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL)plans to distribute saffron bulbs to farmers in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan. This comes as Afghan farmers have urged the government to support the expansion of saffron cultivation in the country.

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Iran’s nuclear deal expected to be fruitful for the region

Iran and world powers reached a historic accord over Tehran’s nuclear program. The resolution authorizes the lifting of sanctions in exchange for Iran curbing sensitive nuclear activities. Lifting of the sanctions will not only revive Iran’s economy but will also

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From students to entrepreneurs: Afghan brothers launch family business

Hanan Shah Agha proudly calls himself a full-time motorbike mechanic. It is a marked step up from being unemployed and without prospects, before he graduated from a 78-day vocational training program on motorcycle repair. Both Agha and his brother attended

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USAID’s role in economic development of Afghanistan

Afghanistan continues to face economic hurdles, as it remains one of the world’s poorest countries. Insecurity and corruption threaten efforts to establish an inclusive, growing, and self-sustaining economy that attracts investment, promotes trade and creates jobs. The United States Agency

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