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Afghanistan agrees to terms for WTO membership

Eleven years after it first applied for membership, Afghanistan agreed to terms for joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) with the trade body’s existing 161 members on Wednesday, 12 November. Afghanistan’s accession will be officially approved at a meeting in Nairobi,

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150 Afghan engineers complete training in topography survey skills

More than 150 engineering specialists from various line departments in six northern provinces of Afghanistan completed trainings on using topographical survey instruments. Costing nearly 1.5mn AFN, the trainings were funded by Germany through its program fro Regional Infrastructure Development Fund

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Raisin production doubles this year in Herat

The raisin production in western Herat province has doubled this year, said officials on Monday. This year farmers have produced 20,000 tons of raisins, compared to last year’s yield of 8,000-10,000 tons. The province produced more than 70 varieties of

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Donor community pledges to support Afghanistan’s agriculture sector

The officials of the United States and the World Bank have pledged to support Afghanistan’s agriculture sector at a high-level meeting in Washington, said a statement from the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL). Afghan Minister Assadullah Zamir

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Distribution of saffron corms to farmers in Samangan province

 The agriculture department in Samangan province has distributed 200kg saffron corms to eight farmers to grow in their fields and test the productivity. Noor Mohammad, Head of the agriculture department, said the Red Crescent Society had initiated the project of

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Completion of 8 development projects in Uruzgan province

The National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry (MRRD) have completed eight development projects in Tarinkot, Gizab and Dehrawood districts of Uruzgan province. Costing 9,980,000 AFN, the projects have benefited 1,709 families in various

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First comprehensive book on Afghanistan’s minerals published

The very first comprehensive book on Afghanistan’s minerals, called ‘Afghanistan’s minerals, contracts and challenges”, has been published. The book is written by one of the engineers of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, Mohammad Anwar Zaki. The first part of

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A 6% increase in National budget for upcoming Afghan fiscal year

Afghan Finance Ministry has submitted the draft national budget with a total outlay of 461.8bn AFN for the upcoming fiscal year to the Senate for approval. Addressing the Senate, Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi said the upcoming budget was 6% higher

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NPC approves 18 contracts worth 1.165bn AFN

Presided over by President Ashraf Ghani, the National Procurement Commission (NPC) reviewed 28 contracts during their session on Saturday. Of the 28 contracts, 18 contracts worth 1.165bn AFN belonging to the ministry of interior were approved. A number of the

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Turkmenistan fires the starting pistol on TAPI pipeline

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdynukhamedov has ordered to begin work on the construction of the much-awaited Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline. Holding the world’s fourth largest natural gas reserves, Turkmenistan is keen to diversify its natural gas exports and the TAPI project has been

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3000 fruit gardens to be set up in north-eastern Afghanistan

The National Horticulture and Livestock Project is going to launch 3000 gardens planted with grape, almond, apricot, cherry, apple, pear and walnut trees in north-eastern zone of Afghanistan. “1000 gardens will be set up in Baghlan province, 1000 in Takhar,

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Poverty Reduction in Afghanistan: Despite Economic Growth, Widening Inequality

Strong economic growth during the pre-transition period of 2007-08 to 2011-12 did not reduce poverty and contributed instead to widening inequality in Afghanistan. According to the latest Afghanistan Poverty Status Update, which was jointly produced by the Government of the

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Afghan job seekers preparing to enter labor force

More than 50 chancellors and leaders of private universities and higher education institutes met to discuss ways to prepare a ready pool of educated Afghan job seekers with the skills that private and public employers demand. The program has completed

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Kabul Bank debtor kicked out of the housing scheme project

After receiving criticism and pressure from the parliament and legal experts, President Ashraf Ghani issued a decree invalidating the contract on a housing scheme project signed with a bankrupt debtor of Kabul Bank, Khalilullah Ferozi. Ferozi was released from the

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Afghanistan, Turkmenistan agree on 500 KV transmission line

Afghanistan and Turkmenistan signed agreements on improving ties in areas of agriculture, transportation and telecommunications during their fifth joint economic summit in Turkmen capital Ashgabat. The summit was attended by Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi, CEO of Da Afghanistan Breshan Sherkat

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Hamid Karzai’s welfare foundation launched in Kabul

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has established a welfare foundation in Kabul. Addressing the inaugural ceremony in Kabul on Saturday, Karzai said the Foundation would work to improve the education sector and provide more education opportunities for Afghanistan’s new generation.

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Herat farmers to make 500mn AFN this year from saffron business

Saffron harvest season has kicked off in Herat province and farmers are expecting to generate about 500mn Afghanis in revenue this year. According to Herat’s agriculture officials, almost 1,000 hectares of land were planted with saffron and 140tons of saffron

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Electricity rate to go up in Afghanistan due to high dollar value

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), Afghanistan’s national utility company, has announced that electricity tariff would increase with effect from next month due to appreciation of the US dollar against Afghani. DABS purchases electricity from neighboring countries in US dollars but

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MUDA’s second 100-day plan focuses on housing plans for the provinces

Urban Development Affairs and Housing Minister Sayed Mansoor Sadat Naderi presented his second 100-day Action Plan to public in a press conference on Thursday. In his 100-day plan, Minister Naderi had focused on the urban development affairs and housing in

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Saffron flower festival held in Herat province

The first saffron flower festival was held in western Herat province on Wednesday to appreciate the works of saffron producers in the country. The pioneer province in the cultivation of saffron, Herat expects to produce more than 4 tons of

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Pilgrims trip to Hajj brings in USD 2.5mn to Aryana Airlines

National carrier of Afghanistan, Ariana Airlines, generated USD 2.5mn worth of revenue during this year’s Pilgirms’ trip to Hajj. Minister of Hajj and Religious Affairs, Faiz Mohmmad Osmani, said the Ministry has donated 23mn AFN to Afghan children suffering from

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Kabul Bank defaulters are participating in an investment project

The Kabul Bank defaulters are reportedly participating in the ‘Smart City Township’ which was inaugurated on Wednesday in capital Kabul. This move is to provide the debtors an opportunity to start their business in order to be able to pay

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The world’s most prosperous countries

By: Joe Myers World Economic Forum The Legatum Institute has released its new Prosperity Index, which assesses how prosperous an economy is based on more than just macroeconomic factors – it also takes into account wellbeing. The ranking has named

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Sakeena Yaqoubi receives the WISE prize for her contribution to Afghanistan’s education

Sakeena Yaqoubi, popularly known as Afghanistan’s mother of education, received the 2015 World Innovation Summit Education (WISE) prize for Education Laureate. Founder and Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), Dr. Yaqoubi has spent two decades working persistently

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UN70 event in Mazar celebrates enduring partnership with Afghans

Afghan political leaders, diplomats and civil society representatives joined with United Nations officials in Mazar-e-Sharif to celebrate the enduring Afghan-UN partnership. Atta Mohammad Noor, the Governor of Balkh Province, and Nicholas Haysom, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and

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