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WTO membership to bring in good governance, transparency to Afghanistan

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is welcoming two new members–Afghanistan and Liberia–from the list of two least developed countries (LDCs). Eleven years after it first applied for membership, Afghanistan agreed to terms for joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) with

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Afghanistan offers multiple-entry visas to Pakistani businessmen

Afghanistan has decided to offer multiple-entry visas to Pakistani traders in a bid to improve bilateral ties between the two neighboring nations. The decision followed after official request from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Pakistani businessmen have

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SCO plays a major role in regional stability

Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah represented Afghanistan at the 14th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting in China this week. The meeting was aimed at boosting pragmatic cooperation within the bloc and promoting economic integration. The SCO can serve as

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Afghan mining contracts won by nepotism: study

According to a latest study by the Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA), Afghanistan’s mining contracts lack transparency and majority of the benefits from benefitting go to the pockets of high-ranking government officials, parliamentarians, powerful individuals and Taliban militants. The study claims

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Afghan government to focus on improvement of IT in education sector

President Ashraf Ghani in his address to the 11th National Information Technology Conference in Kabul emphasized on the need for connecting technology and knowledge. He instructed the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) to link all universities in the

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ADB suspends its funds for the construction of Tajik-Afghan-Turkmen railway

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has suspended its funds for the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan railway due to security situation. The funds that were supposed to be allocated for the construction of the railway to development of other areas, ADB

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Afghanistan’s domestic revenue surpasses the target

Afghanistan’s domestic revenue has increased by 18bn AFN from last year, announced officials of the Ministry of Finance. ” The Afghan government’s commitment to the international community was to collect 114bn AFN during the 2015 fiscal year, but fortunately we

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Historic Bamiyan joins UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network

The historic city of Bamiyan has now joined UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network which consists of 47 cities from 33 countries. The network includes seven different creative fields: crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts and music. By

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20 Afghan businessmen attended Punjab International Expo in India

Embassy of India in Kabul in partnership with Kabul Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) and PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industries (PHDCCI) facilitated the participation of a delegation of 20 Afghan business people to attend buyer-sellers meeting in conjunction

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Inauguration of Career Center at Kabul University

The University Support & Workforce Development Program (USWDP), a USAID-funded project, is inaugurating a career center/field office at the Kabul University and holding the introductory meeting of the University Industry Advisory Council (UIAC) for Kabul University on December 15, 2015.

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CEO Abdullah Abdullah attends Shanghai Cooperation Organization PM meeting

Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has arrived in China to attend the prime ministers’ meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) which is slated for Monday and Tuesday. The participants are expected to confer on SCO cooperation in

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New German program will help Afghan refugees in Pakistan return home

Afghanistan, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UN-HCR), and Germany agreed on a new initiative that will help Afghan refugees in Pakistan return home to Afghanistan. UNHCR will be responsible for managing the project, which will run in both

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Afghanistan’s 2016 budget focuses on mega development projects

Afghanistan’s 2016 draft budget has been approved by the upper house f the parliament, the Meshrano Jirga, and is currently pending for approval at the lower house, the Wolesi Jirga, where the plan is being debated by lawmakers and various

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TAPI project plays a key role in stabilizing Afghan economy

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani , Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif , Indian vice president Hamid Ansari and their host Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on Sunday inaugurated the USD-10bn Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The long-awaited TAPI natural gas

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Afghan mayors to strengthen capacity of municipalities

The mayors of Afghanistan’s 33 provincial capital municipalities took a giant step forward in their effort to professionalize and strengthen the capacity of municipal government in Afghanistan at the conclusion of a two-day national conference sponsored by the U.S. Agency

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President Ghani leaves to Turkmenistan to attend the TAPI inaugural ceremony

President Ashraf Ghani left to Turkmenistan this morning to attend the inauguration ceremony of the long-awaited Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline. Leading a high-level delegation, President Ghani will also participate in the conference organized on neutral policies of international cooperation on

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Afghan Central Bank sells USD 12mn

The Afghan Central Bank, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), has announced to sell USD 12mn on Saturday. DAB requested qualified dealers and commercial banks who already have kept one million and five hundred thousand Afghanis as a guarantee with the Bank

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Afghan farmers receive training on modern farming techniques

USAID’s Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Project-II is helping agricultural extension workers transfer useful information and technology to farmers. The project established a wheat production demonstration plot in Kabul for 25 extension workers. The participants received practical training on modern techniques for

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Shah Rukh Khan reclaims first spot on Forbes India Celeb list 2015

Shah Rukh Khan, known as the King Khan of Bollywood, has reclaimed the first spot as India’s top-earning celebrity with estimated earning of Rs. 257.5 crore this year on the latest Forbes India Celeb list. He had lost his top

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Refined wheat seeds distributed to farmers in Badakhshan

Distribution of refined wheat seeds has kicked off in northeastern Badakhshan province in a bid to tackle poppy cultivation in the province. The agriculture department in Badakhshan would distribute as many as 240 tons of refined seeds to 4,800 farmers

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Afghan Agriculture Ministry creates over 550 jobs in six months

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) said in a statement on Wednesday it had created over 550 jobs during the past six months. As per the statement, the newly-hired employees have high-level degrees and the recruitments included both

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Over 400 public administration students serving as government interns this fall

This fall, 441 bachelor students from public administration faculties around the country managed to secure internship positions in government bodies and authorities. The various internship programs will let the students experience working conditions in their future positions as civil servants

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Recruitment for Fulbright exchange program starts in Afghanistan

U.S. Ambassador to Kabul, Michael McKinley, announced the start of the recruitment season for the U.S. government’s flagship Fulbright exchange program. The Fulbright Program is one the most prestigious U.S. government academic exchange programs, awarding highly competitive scholarships to participants

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Germany contributes AFN 5bn to Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund

Afghanistan and Germany have signed two financial agreements that will contribute more than AFN 5 billion to the Afghan government, used for starting and running development projects and covering recurrent costs, such as salaries. Germany will pay the sum into

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Afghanistan, US, EU meet on the sidelines of Heart of Asia Conference

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the European Union, and the United States of America met on December 9th 2015, in Islamabad, on the margins of the Heart of Asia Ministerial. Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony

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