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Afghanistan, Pakistan to redouble efforts for greater economic integration

Pakistan’s Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Ahsan Iqbal, said Pakistan’s leadership was committed to taking bilateral relationship with Afghanistan to new heights. Iqbal made these remarks at a meeting with Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Pakistan, Janan Mosazai, on Tuesday. The

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A modern city called ‘Smart City’ to be built in Kabul

Afghan Urban Development Affairs Minister Sayed Sadat Naderi laid the foundation stone of a modern city, named as ‘Smart City’ in capital Kabul on Wednesday. Addressing the ceremony, Minister Naderi said the government would receive USD 100mn from this project,

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Kapisa witnesses significant increase in its agricultural production

Agricultural production has increased significantly from last year in Kapisa province, according to latest figures from the provincial agriculture department. The province has witnessed a 20% boost in grapes production, 15% in apple and peach and 10% in cherry, compared

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China, Afghanistan ink 3 cooperation accords

Afghanistan and China signed cooperation agreements on security, reconstruction and education cooperation on Tuesday after the Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao arrived in Kabul. China has agreed to provide four security scanners that would be used by police and National

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$43mn of US taxpayers gone towards a single gas station in Afghanistan

A shocking report from military watchdog Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) shows that the Department of Defense (DOD) has spent almost USD 43mn on a single compressed natural gas filling station in Sheberghan, Afghanistan. SIGAR reported to Congress

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National Procurement Commission approves 11 contracts, saves 14mn Afghanis

The National Procurement Commission discussed 25 procurement issues and of them approved 11 contracts worth 343mn AFN. According to a statement from the Presidential Palace, the Commission saved 14mn AFN in the approved contracts which belonged to the defense and

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Saudi Arabia to give 25,000 working visa to Afghans

The Saudi Arabian government has pledged to provide working visas to 25,000 Afghans. Afghan Minister of Work, Social Affairs, Martyrs & Disabled, Nasrin Oryakhil, said Saudi Arabia’s king spoke with President Ashraf Ghani on the phone and promised to provide

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USAID finances a USD 300mn program to help improve Afghan agribusiness

The Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), Assadullah Zamir, and the Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Herbie Smith, agreed today to continue collaboration supporting activities that will help improve food economic security for

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China to undertake the second biggest housing project in Afghanistan

People’s Republic of China has announced to build 10,000 apartments in Kabul, which is the second biggest housing project in Afghanistan after the assistance of former Soviet Union. Afghan Minister of Urban Development Affairs and Housing, Sayed Sadat Mansor Naderi,

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Afghanistan to receive USD 858mn grant for infrastructure building

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has joined hands with several donor countries to provide USD 858mn grant to Afghanistan for its infrastructure development from the year 2017 to 2020. The announcement was made during a meeting between Afghanistan’s Deputy Finance

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Afghan women receive training in cultivation and cooking techniques of mushrooms

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture has trained 15 women in Samangan province in cultivation and cooking techniques of mushrooms. The Introduction and Stable Production of Mushrooms project was worth 51,000 euros which was financed by the German government. The women

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Cardiac surgery center opens in Kabul

A cardiac surgery center for adults has officially opened at the French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC) in Kabul city. Addressing the inaugural ceremony on Saturday, Afghan Public Health Minister Feorzuddin Feroz said the cardiac surgery center would help improve

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