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New education facilities open in Kunduz

The Afghan-German cooperation handed over three newly constructed buildings to the local government in Kunduz province: two schools in Dashti Archi and Chardara districts, and a new teacher training college in Imam-Sahib district. Built at a total cost of about

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China pledges support for Afghanistan’s reconciliation process

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang vowed support for Afghanistan’s reconciliation process and safeguarding the war-torn nation’s independence, sovereignty, security and territorial integrity. Keqiang made these remarks while holding talks with Afghanistan CEO Abdullah Abdullah at the Great Hall of the People

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Afghanistan signs € 125mn agreement with EU

Afghan Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi signed an incentive program agreement in the framework of mutual accountability, amounting to € 125mn, with the European Union on May 12, 2016 in Brussels. During his trip, he met EU High Representative Federica Mogherini

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Chabahar port soon to become a done deal

Afghanistan is hopeful that the Chabahar port would soon become a done deal after the signing of an agreement with India and Iran by June. “After years of negotiations, we can definitely say it’s a done deal. This is a

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Afghanistan, China to sign agreement, MoUs on improving business relations

Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah is leaving for Beijing, China on Sunday at the invitation of the country’s prime minister. The two parties are expected to sign one agreement and two Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) on improving business

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Adela Raz assumes office as deputy foreign minister for economic affairs

Adela Raz assumed charge as the deputy foreign minister for economic affairs today. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said Saturday that Ms Raz was introduced during a ceremony attended by Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, Deputy Foreign Minister for Political

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IMF’s new loan for Afghanistan, talks to begin later in May

The International Monetary Fund’s management has welcomed Afghanistan’s request for financial support. The talks on the loan will be discussed later this month amid instability in the country. “The Afghan authorities recently requested a Fund financial arrangement (Extended Credit Facility—ECF)…

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CASA-1000 inaugurates today

The Central Asia-South Asia-1000 (CASA-1000) power project is set to be launched in Dushanbe in Tajikistan on Thursday. Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah have arrived in Tajikistan to attend the inauguration ceremony. Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin

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USAID recognizes 40 Afghan entrepreneurs

U.S. Ambassador P. Michael McKinley recognized the contribution of a group of 40 companies from Kabul, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Herat, and Mazar-i-Sharif at a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. In collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Assistance

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300 Afghan women recognized for their women empowerment works

CEO Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, P. Michael McKinley recognized 300 women civil society leaders for their work to empower the women of Afghanistan and encouraged the continuation of their efforts. Speaking to the women at the

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Work on Sheberghan ring road kicks off

The construction work on the Sheberghan ring road in Jawzjan province has officially kicked off with financial support from the government’s budget. Addressing the inaugural ceremony for the road, Public Affairs Minister Mahmood Baligh said the road was 15 kilometers

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President Ghani emphasizes need for reform in mining industry

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani emphasized on the importance of the mining industry for Afghanistan and underlined the crucial role of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in reaching the country’s development objectives. “All contracts need to be accessible to the

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TUTAP should not be comprised emotionally and politically: President Ghani

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani announced Tuesday that Salang was chosen as the best route for the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TUTAP) power transmission line based on development and economic rationality. He called on the people that this key project should not be compromised

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102 factories resume work in Balkh after installation of a power sub-station

A newly established power sub-station has enabled 102 factories to resume production  at the Ali Sher Nawai industrial park in northern Balkh province. According to the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA), the sub-station is installed at a total cost of

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TUTAP and the controversies surrounding it

The TUTAP– acronym for Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan–is a big regional project that will connect these countries through a high voltage transmission system. The project serves to import electricity from the energy rich Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan, where energy deficit

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Afghanistan Rugs and Carpet Center launched in Kabul

The Afghanistan Rugs and Carpet Center (ARCC) was officially launched on Saturday in Kabul. The center aims at reviving the carpet sector of Afghanistan by developing state of the art production setups with improved work standards. At this new facility,

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The 4th ‘Made in Pakistan’ expo kicks off in Kabul

The fourth ‘Made in Pakistan’ exhibition has kicked off in capital Kabul and will continue until May 7. Organized by the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCC), the exhibition is attracting a large number of traders, businessmen and women.

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A main road in Badakhshan opens for traffic again

The five-kilometer Feyzabad to Dashti Qurogh road was officially reopened for traffic on Thursday.  Following almost two years of rehabilitation and construction work funded by the German government at a cost of AFN 123 million, the road was handed over

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New vocational training institute to open in Taloqan

The construction work for a new vocational training institute was officially inaugurated in the outskirts of Takhar’s provincial capital Taloqan on Tuesday. The new “Technical, Mechanical & Accounting, and Commerce Institute” (TMAC) will be home to about 620 students. All

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Expanding Kabul’s drinking water supply to reach 3,800 new households

A newly established infrastructure connects 3,800 new households to Kabul’s water supply. Together with 32 km of principle mains, 80 km of local mains and the previously completed works under the program, the newly established supply infrastructure contributes to improving

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Launch of a new marketplace in Kandahar kicks off

The Afghan government has begun the launch of a new marketplace in southern Kandahar province in an effort to provide work opportunities for hundreds of people. The municipality launched construction work on the marketplace on Tuesday. The ceremony was attended

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Afghanistan to receive $878mn for development projects from ADB

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has pledged to provide USD 878mn for development projects in Afghanistan. The announcement was made at the third and concluding meeting of the 11th replenishment of the Asian Development Fund (ADF) , the ADB grant

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AgFair held in Mazar to promote agricultural sector in Northern Afghanistan

An agricultural exhibition was held on April 28th and 29th in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan to help promote the agricultural sector in Northern Afghanistan. The AgFair was organized by the Balkh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) and the Afghan-German cooperation at

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Afghanistan hikes price of imported electricity by 25%

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), Afghanistan’s national utility company, has hiked the price of imported electricity by 25%. DABS spokesperson Waheedullah Tawhidi said the unprecedented rise in the value of US dollar against Afghani was the main reason behind the

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Roundtable & exhibition to finance education sector in Afghanistan held in Kabul

USAID’s Financial Access for Investing in the Development of Afghanistan (FAIDA) project in collaboration with the Afghanistan Ministry of Education and the Private Schools Union of Afghanistan organized a one-day Access to Finance Business-to-Bank Roundtable and Exhibition on Financing the

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