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USAID recognizes Afghan entrepreneurs in Mazar-e-Sharif

The USAID funded Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprise (ABADE) program conducted a ceremony to express appreciation to 35 of its Afghan partners in public-private alliances in the Northern region. The ceremony held in Mazar on Sunday, April 10,

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Shakespeare’s Globe Theater stages Hamlet in Kabul

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre staged Shakespeare’s most popular tragedy, Hamlet, for a local audience at the UK embassy in Kabul on Sunday night. The show was held in conjunction with the British Council and was attended by high-ranking Afghan officials, students

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Afghanistan, Pakistan to join a venture in the field of higher education

Afghanistan and Pakistan officials have agreed on collaborating in the field of higher education by embarking on a joint venture, which will be finalized with the approval of both countries. The agreement was made between Afghan Ambassador Omar Zakhilwal and

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Afghanistan’s growth rate projected at 2.9% in 2017

According to World Bank’s twice-a-year South Asia Economic Focus, which was released on Monday, Afghanistan’s economic growth rate is expected to only marginally increase from 1.9% in 2016 to 2.9% in 2017. The report has cited persisting political and security

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Japan pledges $22mn for Economic & Social Development Program in Afghanistan

Japan has pledged to provide USD 22mn for the Economic and Social Development Program in Afghanistan. An agreement to that effect was signed between Japan’s Ambassador Hiroshi Takahashi and Afhan Foreign Minister  Salahuddin Rabbani in Kabul on Sunday. “We hope

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UNWFP donates $ 2.5mn for professional skills training in Kabul, Herat

The United Nations World Food Program (UNWFP) has pledged to donate USD 2.5mn for development of professional skills in Kabul and Herat provinces. An agreement to that effect was signed between Afghan Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled,

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Afghanistan’s telecom industry looking shaky

The telecommunication industry is one of the rare success stories of Afghanistan since the oust of the Taliban in 2001. With over USD 2bn investment over the past decade, the Afghan telecom industry employs around 200,000 and generates an annual

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‘Sesame Street’ unveils Afghan Muppet called Zari

  Baghch-e-Simsim, which is the Afghan version of the Sesame Street, unveiled a fresh face on Thursday: a Hijab-clad muppet named Zari. Zari plays the role of a feminist in the show where she will focus on “girls’ empowerment, national

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Herat to host first international conference on TAPI

Western Herat province of Afghanistan is going to host the first international conference on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline next month. The announcement was made at a meeting attended by deputy foreign minister of Turkmenistan, Herat Governor Mohammad Asif Rahimi,

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Afghan Entrepreneur of the Month: Roya Mahboob

Roya Mahboob is an Afghan entrepreneur and businesswoman. She is the founder and CEO of the Afghan Citadel Software Company, a full-service software development company based in Herat, Afghanistan. Mahboob has received recognition for being a female CEO in a

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AISA merger not good for the country: Haqjo

Mohammad Qurban Ali Haqjo, Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) chief, expressed his discontent at President Ghani’s decision to merge AISA into Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The decision was made at the High Economic Council (HEC) meeting on Tuesday in

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San Francisco becomes the first state in USA to enact fully paid maternity leave

San Francisco became the first state in the United States of America to approve a law that requires employers to provide fully-paid maternity leave to new parents for six weeks. According to the U.N’s Institute of Labor, Papua New Guinea,

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Two eligible buyers of New Kabul Bank to submit their proposals

The Afghan Finance Ministry announced on Tuesday the names of two eligible buyers of the New Kabul Bank. The two firms interested in buying the New Kabul Bank are a local firm, Join-Stock Company, and the Muslim Commercial Bank of

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New vocational training campus opens its doors in Balkh

A new campus for technical and vocational training and education (TVET) was officially opened in Takhta-Pul, approximately eight kilometres west of Balkh’s capital, Mazar-e Sharif, on Tuesday. The campus consists of three institutes: the Technical Teacher Training Academy (TTTA), the

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Gov’t decides to merge AISA into Ministry of Commerce

The Afghan government has decided to merge the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) into the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Ministry. The decision was made at the High Economic Council (HEC) meeting on Tuesday in the presence of Chief Executive

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Ghani approves major projects at High Economic Council meeting

Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the High Economic Council (HEC) meeting was held in the Presidential Palace on Tuesday. Minister of Water and Energy, Ali Ahmad Usmani, presented a draft report on investment in the third phase of the

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Afghan cement enterprise begins operations after 20 years

The Jabul Saraj Cement Enterprise has officially begun its operations after 20 years and was inaugurated on Tuesday in the presence of officials from the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, governor and other representatives from Parwan province. The factory is

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Technical study of Herat-Torghundi railway to be completed in six months

The technical and economic study of a 200-km railway line between Torghundi and Herat City is expected to be completed in six months as per an agreement signed between Afghanistan and Canada Rail on Monday. The project is a part

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Development projects completed in Sar-e-Pul, Uruzgan

The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) through its National Solidarity Program (NSP) has completed dozens of  development projects in Sar-e-Pul and Uruzgan provinces. As many as 19 development projects have been implemented in Gosfandi district of Sar-e-Pul province

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6464 – Telephone helpline available in Northern Afghanistan

A telephone helpline has been made available in northern provinces of Afghanistan with financial collaboration from the Germany, Dutch and Finnish governments. By calling 6464, Afghan men and would in Balkh, Badakhshan, Baghlan, Kunduz, Samangan and Takhar provinces can get

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Afghanistan receives $6mn in loan for agriculture development

The Afghan government has received USD 6mn in loan which will go to farmers, small entrepreneurs and agricultural producers to produce, process and pack their products in accordance with the international standards. An agreement to that effect was signed between

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Steel mill in Kandahar creates hundreds of jobs

Investment in a steel mill will create 250 direct jobs and 100 indirect jobs in Kandahar Province. The United Sates Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprises Program, procured three-fourths of the emission

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ADB funds construction of Gereshk-Lashkargah road in Helmand

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is funding construction of the Gereshk-Lashkargah road in southern Helmand province. Work on the USD 33.7mn project officially kicked off on Friday, as confirmed by the officials. The project will connect 300 villages with Gereshk

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USAID promote Women’s Leadership Development participants attend TEDxKabul

The 4th Annual TEDxKabul event took place on March 30th and 31st at Kabul University, with the speaker line-up including two participants from USAID’s Promote Women’s Leadership Development (WLD) program. Ms. Zohra Wandaa and Ms. Parisa Jamshidi, both from Herat,

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Afghan Finance Minister hails NPC as success for fighting corruption

Afghan Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi announced on Saturday that the National Procurement Commission (NPC) had scrutinized 900 contracts in one year, approving 725 contracts worth 136bn AFN. He hailed the NPC as a success for fighting corruption and claimed that

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