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11,000 residential units to be built in Afghanistan by China and Qatar

The Ministry of Urban Development Affairs announced Thursday that work on construction of 11,000 residential units would kick off in the current solar year. Minister Syed Sadat Mansoor Naderi said 10,000 residential units would be built by China in the

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Leading Afghan law firm enters strategic alliance with one of top 5 global law firms

Kakar Advocates, a leading full-service law firm in Kabul, has entered into a strategic alliance with DLA Piper to market for and work together on public and private sector mandates in Afghanistan as the Government and the investment community re-builds

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Access to higher education to unleash potential in Afghan women

The Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Michael Raynor, Afghanistan’s Minister of Higher Education (MoHE) Dr. Farida Momand, Minister of Women’s Affairs H.E. Delbar Nazari, Minister of Labor, Social Affairs,  Martyrs & Disabled H.E.

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Aspiring entrepreneurs in Kabul get chance to pitch their ideas

Founder Institute – Kabul Chapter and Shetab – Afghanistan Center for Business and Social Innovation have organized a Business Ideation Bootcamp for Afghan entrepreneurs, innovators, techstars and those who want to bring positive change to Afghanistan’s socio-economic status by introducing

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Afghan business community demands ACCI leadership to step down

The Afghan business community has demanded the leadership of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) to step down and hold fresh polls immediately. Addressing a press conference on Monday, representatives from the private sector and entrepreneurs said the

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100-hectare pistachio forests being revived in Badakhshan

According to the Agriculture Department official, 100-hectare pistachio forests are being revived in northeastern Badakhshan province. Noor Mohammad said pistachio forests were being rehabilitated in five districts of Badakhshan province to help farmers generate income and to increase greenery in

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Cold-storage facility for agricultural products to be built at Kabul Airport

The Presidential Palace and the cabinet have given their approval for construction of a cold-storage facility for agricultural products at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. Deputy Director of the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) Shah Mahmood Habibi said

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IIFA 2016 award winners

Best Picture Award: Bajrangi Bhaijaan Best Direction Award: Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Bajirao Mastani Best Performance in a Leading role (Male) Award: Ranveer Singh for Bajirao Mastani Best Performance in a Supporting role (Male) Award: Anil Kapoor for Dil Dhadhakne

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Statistics on presence of Afghan women judges, doctors, teachers and security officials

Recent figures reveal that 33% of teachers in Afghanistan are comprised of women and 240 women are serving as judges. 3.5 million Afghan girls are attending schools/Madrassas across the country. Based on figures from the Afghan Ministry of Education, there

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Afghanistan sees a considerable increase in honey production

According to figures from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), 1,864,500kg of honey has been produced throughout the country this year. Presently, 23,700 beekeepers (of which 652 are women) are currently engaged in honey production within 58 cooperatives

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President Ghani attends SCO Summit in Uzbekistan

President Ashraf Ghani led a high-level delegation on Thursday afternoon to attend the two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Representatives from 18 countries participated in this summit, which was chaired by Uzbek President Islam Karimov. The heads

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Revenue from coalmine up by 166mn AFN in Dara-i-Sauf Bala

Coalmines in Darai-Sauf Bala, district of northern Samangan province, has generated a total revenue of more than 1.2bn AFN in the first six months of the current year compared to the same period in 2015. The figure indicates a 166mn

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Afghan delegation participates at solar energy fair in Germany to attract investment

An Afghan delegation led by Deputy Minister of Energy and Water, Aman Ghalib, is attending the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry in Munich, Germany. Intersolar has become the most important industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers

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Afghanistan implements E-Pay of customs duties nationwide

Traders across Afghanistan will soon have the opportunity to pay customs duties electronically through any commercial bank. This will eliminate the need to pay with cash at the specific customs sites to clear the goods. “Traders have traditionally paid customs

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US pledges $3bn to support Afghan security forces from 2018 to 2020

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson announced Tuesday that the US plans to provide USD 1bn a year in support for the Afghan national security forces from 2018 through 2020. Addressing the Atlantic Council, Olson also confirmed

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Afghanistan’s parliament ratifies WTO accession

Afghanistan’s Parliament ratified the country’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on June 21, placing Afghanistan within days of formal membership to the renowned international organization. “This ratification marks the culmination of more than a half-decade of Afghanistan’s intensive

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Afghanistan introduces a standard product certification mark

The Afghanistan National Standards Authority (ANSA) introduced for the first time a standard certification mark to identify quality domestic products. Addressing a press conference on Monday, ANSA head Naqibullah Faiq said the certification mark would be used in all domestic

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New initiative “Invest in Afghanistan” launched today

The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) launched a new initiative called Invest in Afghanistan today in Kabul in presence of Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah. Invest in Afghanistan is aimed at boosting investment in Afghanistan and turning it into a land

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Britain pledges 15mn pound for Afghanistan Investment Climate Program

The British government has pledged to donate 15mn pound to the Afghan government for Afghanistan Investment Climate Program (AICP), which will run from 2016 to 2023. The announcement was made by the visiting UK state Minister for International Development Desmond

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Afghanistan endorses creation of institutions to manage road sector

Properly maintained and constructed roads are a key driver of Afghanistan’s continued economic development and the foundation of the country’s infrastructure. Ahmad Zia Massood, the Special Representative of the President for Reforms and Good Governance;  representatives from five Afghan ministries

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DABS, ADB sign contract for 300MW Doshi-Bamiyan transmission line

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat and the Asian Development Bank signed a contract for the transmission of 300 megawatt electricity line from the northern Doshi to central Bamiyan province on Sunday. The contract was signed in the presence of President Mohammad

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Afghanistan loses $100mn per year through illegal mining

The European Union’s (EU) special envoy, Franz-Michel Mellbin, warned Afghanistan of the negative impact of illegal mining on Afghanistan’s economy. According to Mellbin, Afghanistan incurs USD 100mn losses through illegal mining. “I am a little careful with numbers here, because

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Tension at Torkham border costs Afghan traders $10mn in losses daily

The recent tension at the Torkham border between Afghanistan and Pakistan forces result in a daily loss up to USD 10mn to Afghan traders. Forces on both sides of the border started fire exchanges four days ago after Afghanistan prevented

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Belarus calls for more economic cooperation between Afghanistan & Eurasian Economic Union

Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Anatoly Rusetsky suggested enhancing economic cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Union and Afghanistan. He made these remarks in his meeting with First Deputy Speaker of the

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Contract for construction of Bakhshabad dam signed

The contract for construction of Badakhshan Dam in western Farah province was signed today in ARG Presidential Palace in the presence of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani. The dam, with a capacity of 1,360mn cutber meter reservoir, will irrigate more than

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