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Afghan government to start merging of AISA with Ministry of Commerce

The Afghan government has decided to merge the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) with the Ministry of Commerce and Industries. According to the Administrative Office of the President (AOP), the decision was made at the National Economic Council under chairmanship

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Afghanistan hopes greater access to global markets through WTO membership

Afghanistan officially became the 164th member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on July 29, 2016. WTO members officially approved Afghanistan’s accession at the Tenth Ministerial Conference in Nairobi on December 17, 2015 and the Protocol of Accession was signed

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Badakhshan’s journalists discuss media’s role in women empowerment

Three experts on women empowerment and more than 60 journalists gathered at Feyzabad’s women’s centre to discuss the media’s role in women empowerment. The event was hosted by the Social Association of Journalists in North Afghanistan (SAJNA) and the Afghan-German

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Government suspends bidding on magnetite and marble stone mines in Kandahar

Kandahar Governor Dr. Humayun Azizi announced on Tuesday that the bidding process and contract signing for two precious stone mines have been suspended due to insecurity in the area. Addressing a weekly meeting with the government officials and Provincial Council

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NPC approves various contracts worth 490mn AFN

The National Procurement Commission (NPC) approved six contracts worth 490mn AFN on Monday. The contracts approved included installation and activation of the second turbine of Kajaki Dam, procurement of one million digital passports, stationery and constructions materials for Ministry of

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Access to finance empowers Afghan women

USAID’s Financial Access for Investing in the Development of Afghanistan (FAIDA) program, in coordination with the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, organized the “Empowering Afghan Women through Access to Markets and Financial Services” event at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on

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USAID supports Afghanistan’s “farmer-focused” approach to develop agriculture

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock of Afghanistan (MAIL) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed agreements on Monday to roll out new agricultural projects and extend a few ongoing initiatives. This partnership will contribute to the

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ICT sector could reduce Afghanistan’s reliance on foreign aid: SIGAR

According to a latest report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), Afghanistan’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector could potentially provide over USD 1bn annually to the Afghan government’s budget and reduce its reliance on foreign aid.

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21 development projects completed in Badghis Province

At a cost of AFN 24,742,000 funded by the National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD/NSP, 21 infrastructure projects have recently been completed in Qal-e-Naw district of Badghis province. According to NSP Provincial Manager in

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New school for more than 3,000 students in Kunduz Province

A newly constructed school building was handed over to the local government in Kunduz’ Khanabad district by the Afghan-German cooperation. The Ahmad Shah Massoud High School now offers a good learning environment for more than 3,000 students. The German government

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Major housing project worth $179mn to be completed in coming weeks in Kabul

A major housing project in Qasaba area of Kabul city is due to be completed in the next couple of weeks, officials of the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (MUDH)said Thursday. The USD 179mn project is funded by Abu

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IMF approves a $45 million Extended Credit Facility Arrangement to support Afghanistan

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today approved a three-year Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for US$44.9 million to help raise growth by consolidating progress on the macroeconomic and structural fronts

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Regional economic cooperation key to boosting Afghanistan’s economic stability

The National Unity Government (NUG) is outlining strategies to expand transit trade and economic cooperation with regional countries. This comes ahead of the Brussels summit where up to 70 countries and 30 international organizations and agencies gather up. It will

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Upcoming Brussels conference to focus on Afghanistan’s stability, regional cooperation and economic reforms

On 5 October 2016, the European Union and the Government of Afghanistan will co-host the Brussels conference on Afghanistan. This event will gather up to 70 countries and 30 international organizations and agencies. It will provide a platform for the

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World Bank Group and Kabul Municipality launch efficient construction permit system

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has helped Afghanistan’s Kabul Municipality develop a simpler, more efficient construction permit system that has significantly cut red tape and processing times, and increased private investment in the city’s construction sector. The

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Afghanistan, Azerbaijan discuss creation of joint enterprises

Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Baku Mohammad Taqi Khalili and Azerbaijan’s Economy Minister Shahin Mustafayev discussed creation of joint enterprises. The two parties exchanged views on construction of a cement plant in Afghanistan and the joint production of cotton. They also mulled

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India interested in importing lentils from Afghanistan

India wants to import lentils from Afghanistan to meet its local demands, according to Indian news agencies. Amar Sinha, India’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, said Afghanistan would be a good source to import lentils from. “Lentils are part of our

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First-ever public hearing discusses development projects in Balkh’s Khulm district

More than 250 members of the District Development Assembly (DDA), civil servants, local government officials, civil society activists and other citizens came together last week to discuss the district’s most important challenges. The public hearing was the first of its

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“Made in Afghanistan” event connects Afghan traders with Indian buyers

More than 40 Afghan companies are showcasing their products at a “Made in Afghanistan” event in New Delhi, India supported by USAID. The event will raise awareness of Afghan goods and foster business ties between Afghanistan and India. As part

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Afghanistan becoming self-reliant in honey production

Afghanistan had an unprecedented production of honey in 2015, with producing nearly 2 million kilograms of honey. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), Afghanistan needs an annual production of 5 million kilograms of honey . With

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A dozen agriculture projects to be executed in Kabul

Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) is going to execute a dozen agriculture projects in capital Kabul including 14 districts of the province. Agreements on the development projects were signed between Kabul Governor Hamid Ikram and various companies

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Entrepreneurs in Kabul gather to practice pitching their companies

Founder Institute – Kabul Chapter is hosting a Startup Pitch Bootcamp for Afghan entrepreneurs, innovators, and programmers on Tuesday July 19, with around 30 participants pitching their businesses in front of a panel of seasoned mentors who will give them

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Kandahar expects to export 40,000 tons of grapes worth millions of dollars

Businessmen in southern Kandahar province are hoping to export 40,000 tons of grapes worth millions of dollars this year, as the province is expecting a higher grape harvest. Head of the Fresh Fruit Dealers Association, Haji Nanai Agha, told Pajhwok

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Afghanistan to become WTO member on July 29, 2016

Afghanistan will become the 164th member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on July 29th of this year, 30 days after the Protocol of Accession was ratified by the Afghan Parliament. WTO members officially approved Afghanistan’s accession at the Tenth

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Kabul mayor vows to expose debtors and land grabbers

Acting mayor of Kabul vowed to expose debtors and land grabbers in a press conference in Kabul on Saturday. The Kabul Municipality has joined hands with the Ministry of Interior and Attorney General’s Office of Afghanistan to crack down on

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