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First ‘Silk Road’ train arrives in Iran from China bypassing Afghanistan

The first ‘Silk Road’ train arrived in Tehran, Iran from eastern Zheijang province bypassing Afghanistan. The 9,500km journey through Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan took 14 days, which was 30 days shorter than the sea voyage from Shanghai to the Iranian port

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Afghanistan, Pakistan discuss economic cooperation

The new Afghan Ambassador Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal discussed economic cooperation with Pakistan’s Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar on Saturday. Minister Dar welcomed Zakhilwal as the new ambassador and discussed Pak-Afghan economic cooperation with particular emphasis on steps for promoting trade

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5th Kabul-Tehran economic commission to be held after Iran’s elections

The fifth economic commission between Kabul and Tehran would be held after elections in Iran, Afghan Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah said on Sunday. The Afghan and Iranian governments agreed during Abdullah Abdullah’s visit to Tehran to hold joint economic commission

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37 development projects completed in Kapisa province

The National Solidarity Program (NSP), working within the framework of the Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), has completed 37 development projects in various districts of Kapisa province with 10% contribution from the local communities. Costing 43,000,000 AFN,

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ACCI warns of an economic recession hitting Afghanistan

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) have warned of an economic recession hitting the nation as foreign investment continues to drop drastically. According to ACCI, investment level has declined by 26% this year. Deputy head of ACCI, Khan

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King Amanullah Khan’s mausoleum to be soon reconstructed

The mausoleum of King Amanullah Khan, remembered as the hero of Afghanistan till date, is soon going to be reconstructed. The orders of reconstructing mausoleum of the acquirer of independence for Afghanistan were given by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani during

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Pakistan launches projects worth $500mn in Afghanistan

Pakistan’s Minister for Planning, Development and Reform has announced the launch of projects worth USD 500mn in Afghanistan. Minister Ahsan Iqbal said the projects covered various sectors including education, health and infrastructure. According to Pakistan’s local media, Pakistani government has

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Obama administration proposes $2.5bn in aid for Afghanistan

The U.S. Secretary State, John Kerry, in his budgetary proposals to the congress on Tuesday announced that USD 2.5bn would be proposed in financial assistance for Afghanistan. “Our proposal requests $2.5 billion for programs that reinforce Afghanistan’s security and development

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IS smuggling timber in eastern Afghanistan

Afghan officials and tribal leaders in some parts of eastern Afghanistan have claimed that the Islamic State are cutting trees and smuggling timber to neighboring Pakistan. Local residents have witnessed timber-loaded trucks being sent to Pakistan daily. “Smuggling takes place

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Women’s training center opens its doors in Taloqan

The Department of Women Affairs (DoWA) and the Takhar Provincial Governor’s Office officially opened a new women’s training center in Taloqan, Takhar’s capital. The training center lets the DoWA and stakeholders like women shuras and business associations offer women training

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Japan provides USD 1,110,000 for 2 demining projects in Afghanistan

The Japanese government has pledged USD 1,110,000 for two demining projects in northern and central regions of Afghanistan. An agreement to that effect was signed between Japan’s Ambassador Hiroshi Takahashi,  Farid Homayun, Country Director of HALO Trust and Kefayatullah Eblagh,

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Ministry of Mines and Petroleum employees enhance their management skills

An eight-month management training was provided to 24 employees of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP). The participants were able to enhance their administrative and organizational skills. These will help them to realize Afghanistan’s development plan for the extractive

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NPC approves 12 contracts in its 40th meeting

The National Procurement Commission (NPC) approved 12 new contracts worth 1.6bn in its recent session. The contracts included asphalting of a 15 km long road in Sheberghan, extension of 120 kilometers power transmission line in Farah, provision of preventive health

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Agreement on Afghanistan-China railway construction to be signed soon

China and Afghanistan would soon sign an agreement on the construction of a railway connecting the two countries. The announcement was made by Chinese Ambassador Yao Jin in a meeting with President Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace on Friday.

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Fruit processing factories established in Paktia province

Two fruit processing factories worth USD 450,000 have been established in Gardiz city of Sayed Karam district in eastern Paktia province. Funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the factories were established by the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and

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Afghan Central Bank sells USD 12mn in the market

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

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Afghan Woman Entrepreneur- Kamila Sediqi

Hours after teenaged Kamila Sediqi earned her teaching certificate in 1996, the Taliban rolled into Kabul. Her dreams to become a teacher were dashed as she spent endless hours at home in forced seclusion with her mother, father, five sisters,

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EU pledges $13.4mn in aid to improve Afghan governance

The European Union has announced a new aid package worth USD 13.4mn (12.3mn Euros) aimed at supporting priorities of the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG). The aid package would help support service delivery, accountability and clear functions and mandates

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Afghan women take their place in rural community development

At the Fifth National Consultative Conference of Community Development Councils (CDCs), Fatima Ehsani, 19, drew the attention of participants with her energetic presentation. She confidently addressed senior government officials, including the President, Chief Executive, and ministers, and more than 500

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Qatari prince pledges $140mn to Afghanistan’s housing sector

Qatari prince, Sheikh Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani, has pledged USD 140mn as non-refundable aid and capital for joint investment in Afghanistan’s housing sector. Two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) were signed in this regard between Sheikh Abdullah and Afghan Minister

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Afghanistan exports through Karachi port down by 40%

According to the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) officials, Afghanistan’s exports through Karachi port have declined by 40%. The officials have cited the political tensions between the two nations as the main reason behind the decline in exports

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Solar powered hatchery in Balkh to increase poultry production

The project providing solar power to the “Taj-e-Telayee” hatchery cooperative in Balkh province has been completed and was formally inaugurated on Monday. From now on it will be cheaper for the cooperative to produce day-old chickens (DoCs). “Before the solar

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President Ghani establishes fund for women affected by violence

President Ashraf Ghani and First Lady Rula Ghani inaugurated a fund to support women who are victims of violence in Afghanistan on Sunday. Organized by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the gathering was attended by second-Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish,

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Kabul kicks off implementation process of RECCA-VI

Ministry of Foreign Affairs inaugurated the coordination and implementation process of the 6th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference for Afghanistan (RECCA-VI) held on September 03-04, 2016 in Kabul, in two sessions with the participation of  deputy ministers, representatives from the economic

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