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A school in Helmand gets a new building

The foundation stone of a new building for Loi Bagh primary school in Naad Ali district of Helmand province was laid on Saturday. The one-story building will consist of eight classrooms, two administration offices, a drinkable water well and other

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Lower House rejects President Ghani’s command to establish a High Economic Council

The Lower House of the Parliament, also known as the Wolesi Jirga, voted against the formation of a high economic council on Saturday. A number of the MPs regarded the formation of a high economic council as “unnecessary”, since the

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Political instability has left Afghanistan with a gloomy investment climate

Mohammad Qurban Haqjo, head of Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA), said investment in the past three quarters of the current year have slumped by 26.63%, compared to the same period last year, due to political instability and future uncertainty of

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Afghan government to strengthen electronic payment system

Following a directive from President Ashraf Ghani, high-level representatives from the Ministries of Commerce and Industries, Communication and Information Technology, Finance, Education, Justice, Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and the Disabled, and the Governor of the Central Bank today held an

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Afghan government invites bids for New Kabul Bank purchase

The Afghan government invited bidders to submit their bids for purchase of the New Kabul Bank. The announcement was made on Wednesday by Head of Treasury Department at the Ministry of Finance, Mohammad Aqa Kohistani, at a press conference. “Any

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Afghan Women Entrepreneurs in Balkh Province

Through the UK funded business support program in Balkh, women like Raqiba, a mother of seven, are becoming successful entrepreneurs. Although Raqiba had worked as a shopkeeper, she did not have the experience of running a professional business until four

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Afghanistan’s telecom giant, Roshan receives 5 Stevie Awards

Afghanistan’s largest telecommunication provider, Roshan, received 5 Stevie Awards at the 12th Annual International Business Awards in Toronto Canada. The Stevie® Awards are the world’s premier business awards. They were created in 2002 to honor and generate public recognition of

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United States and Afghanistan Break Ground on New Women’s Dormitory at American University of Afghanistan

Afghanistan CEO, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Ambassador Michael Raynor, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant to the Administrator, Larry Sampler, Mission Director, Herbie Smith, and American University of

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Afghan woman receives “Jewels of Muslim Awards”

Afghan woman, Maria Bashir, received the ‘Jewels of Muslim Worlds Award’ during the sixth Muslim World Biz 2015 in Malaysia on Tuesday. The award recognizes the works of those who contribute to the Islamic societies and economies through their talents,

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World’s wealth owned by the top 1%

By: Anna Bruce-Lockhart (World Economic Forum) It’s official: half of the world’s wealth is now owned by the top 1%. Escalating levels of global inequality over recent years have led to the top percentile of wealth holders now possessing 50.4%

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100bn Afghani worth of revenue collected in government’s treasury

The Finance Ministry’s treasury department has collected 99bn Afghanis in the last ten months. Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi made these remarks on Monday’s session of the Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of the Parliament on Monday. “The total revenue has

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Decline in car prices in Kabul due to insecurity and Afghans exodus

Insecurity and massive exodus of Afghans to Europe have resulted in a drastic decline in sales of vehicles in capital Kabul. Over 430 car dealerships are currently operating in Kabul in areas such as Sar Kotal Khair Khana, Qasaba, Company,

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Germany’s Regional Infrastructure Development Fund extends activities to Samangan province

The German government’s Regional Infrastructure Development Fund has officially launched operations in Samangan and also opened a new office in Aybak. The move comes after the Fund’s introduction to the Samangan Provincial Development Committee and a two-day workshop for provincial

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First Afghan-Turk Business Matchmaking Conference held in Turkey

The first ever Afghan-Turk Business Matchmaking Conference was held in Istanbul, Turkey on 21-22 October. The even was organized by the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) and Afghan Business Association in Turkey (AIAD) in collaboration with other business

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Afghanistan’s fresh fruits exports decrease by 26%

Officials in the Ministry of Commerce and Industries have reported a 26% decline in Afghanistan’s fresh fruits exports in 2015. The Ministry has cited trade issues with Pakistan as the major reason behind the slump in exports of fresh fruits.

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Afghanistan, Iran to sign economic, security agreement

The agreement on economic and security cooperation between Afghanistan and Iran will be drafted within a month. This announcement was made by Afghan Presidential Advisor on national security, Mohammad Hanif Atmar, during his meeting with Iran’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Mohammad

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Satellite-based map to be used to preserve Afghanistan’s cultural heritage

The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan has announced the launch of a new project with the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago and the Afghanistan Institute of Archaeology to help preserve Afghanistan’s cultural heritage. The project, formally launched on October

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Khost province has a new solution for costly Afghan weddings

The tribal elders and religious scholars in Khost province have found a new solution for the costly weddings in Afghanistan. An agreement was reached upon by 400 tribal elders and religious scholars that sets a ceiling of USD 5,000 for

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2 Afghan women grab 2015’s N-Peace awards

Two Afghan women, Mariam Durrani and Hassina Neekzad, were among the ten peace advocates honored by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) at the N-Peace Awards 2015. This year’s awardees were recognized across three different categories. Neekzad was the winner

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Improving Lives in Rural Afghanistan: How New Roads are Benefiting Remote Villages

With UK support, the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), is helping to build new roads, delivering better transportation and more options for work to the people of northern Mazar Province. For the local people of Balkh district, in Balkh province,

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NPC approves 15 contracts worth 1,160,000 AFN

The National Procurement Commission (NPC) approved 15 contracts worth AFN 1,160,000,000 during their session on Wednesday. Chaired by President Ashraf Ghani, the NPC approved 15 food contracts which belonged to the Ministry of Interior. “212 million Afghanis have been saved

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Govern4Afg discuss policy planning civil society engagement in governance and budgeting for Afghanistan

Civil society should hold local government more accountable, and stakeholders should  aim to implement new provincial budgeting policy. These were only some of the important conclusions two Govern4Afg open dialogues between the Afghan and German governments drew last week in

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Gym set up for female students at Aish-e-Durani High School in Kabul

Work on setting up a gym for female students at Aisha-e-Durani High School officially began in Kabul on Wednesday. The building will be ready in six months. The funding for the new facility comes from the German government. Construction of

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Afghanistan becomes member of the UN Economic and Social Council

Afghanistan has been elected as a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for three consecutive years 2016-2018. This membership was conducted through a voting system this morning at the UN General Assembly meeting on 21 October

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