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Afghan saffron ranked first for 3rd consecutive year

The International Taste and Quality Institute (ITQI) in Brussels, Belgium ranked Afghan saffron number one for the third year in a row. Afghan saffron was selected among 300 saffron samples from around the world. Saffron has turned into an important

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AISA employees go on strike over salary suspension

About 100 employees of the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) went on strike over suspension of their salaries. According to AISA staff, the process of AISA merger into the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) has led to suspension of

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Kandahar’s pomegranates exports expected to increase by 34%

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) have predicted a 34% increase in pomegranate exports of southern Kandahar province in 2016. According to the Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), Kandahar during the current season of pomegranates has already exported 20,000

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World Bank approves $120mn to support Afghanistan

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved $120 million in grants for Afghanistan and discussed the 2017-2020 Country Partnership Framework (CPF) that sets out the institution’s plans for supporting the country in ending poverty. The $120 million in

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Female government officials participate in women’s rights workshop in Balkh

A three-day workshop on women’s rights was held in Balkh district for 60 female council members to increase awareness on women’s rights topics. The training was organized by the Department of Women Affairs (DoWA) of Balkh province. The German funded

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Afghan women develop app to combat street harassment

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MOLSAMD) celebrated the launch of a new mobile application that is designed to help Afghan women and girls cope with

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USAID provides $791mn in fresh aid to Afghanistan

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have pledged to provide USD 791.16mn to the Afghan government. An agreement to that effect was signed between USAID Director Herber Smith and Afghan Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi on Monday. The aid

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UNAMA calls for resolving Afghanistan’s water disputes peacefully

The UNAMA Report, titled Water Right: An Assessment of Afghanistan’s Legal Framework Governing Water for Agriculture, underscores the need for more effective and transparent means of resolving Afghanistan’s water disputes. “As this report clearly outlines, the stakes involved in water

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First yoga center for Afghan women opens in Kabul

The first yoga center has opened in Kabul city and provides an opportunity for Afghan women to work on their mental and physical health. Afghan women are joining this center to find relief from Kabul’s stressful life. “Our environment is

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175 development projects implemented in Laghman province

Under the Maintenance Cash Grant (MCG) Initiative of the National Solidarity Program (NSP), 175 development projects have been implemented in Mahtarlam, the center of Laghman province. The projects are implemented at a total cost of AFN 84,192,000 and include: the

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Entrepreneur of the month: Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg is co-founder and CEO of the social-networking website Facebook, as well as one of the world’s youngest billionaires. Born on May 14, 1984, in White Plains, New York, Mark Zuckerberg co-founded the social-networking website Facebook out of his

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1,655 tons of Kandahar pomegranates exported to Pakistan and India

According to the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), 1,655 tons of Kandahar pomegranates were exported to India and Pakistan this year. The farmers have freshly started harvesting pomegranates in Kandahar, where cultivation of the fruit has increased by

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USAID sponsors exhibition of Afghan products

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) sponsored an exhibition of Afghan products on October 18, 2016 to facilitate sales and acquaint the manufacturing companies with products and services available in the city. An estimated 100 business representatives and local

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Promoting evidence-based decisions to improve maternal health

USAID, in collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Public Health, conducted a one-day symposium on October 16, 2016 to share best approaches for reducing maternal mortality in Afghanistan. The symposium explored the prevention, detection, and management of Postpartum Hemorrhage

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$179 million UAE funded housing project to be inaugurated in Kabul

A major housing project, consisting of 111 blocks and 3,330 apartments, will soon be inaugurated in Kabul with financial collaboration from the United Arab Emirates. The construction work of the project began in mid-May 2013 during former President Hamid Karzai’s

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Afghanistan to soon open a consulate in Hyderabad, India

Afghanistan will soon open a consulate in Hyderabad city of India as well in a bid to improve ties with India. Speaking on the sidelines of the FICCI and FTAPCCI meeting, Afghan Ambassador to India Shaida Mohamamd Abdali said the

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Pulling out of SAARC summit will have positive impacts: Afghanistan

Afghan Ambassador to India, Shaida Abdali, hopes that decision by five countries to pull out of the SAARC summit in Islamabad will have positive impacts and will help improve peace and partnership among the member countries. “We hope the decision

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Fish farming increases considerably in Nangarhar

Fish farming has increased considerably in eastern Nangarhar province, where fishery farm was established with collaboration from the Chinese government in 1967 due to abundant water resources in the province. According to Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), more than 150 fish

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EU pledges USD 1.1bn aid package to Afghanistan ahead of Brussels Summit

The European Commission has pledged a total of USD 1.1bn a year to Afghanistan until 2020. The announcement was made ahead of the Brussels Summit which kicked off on Tuesday. In a statement, the Commission said the funds could be

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Brussels Conference emphasizes on regional integration for a peaceful Afghanistan

The Regional Economic Cooperation event of the Brussels Conference brought together traditional and new donors to emphasize the importance of political support and economic integration at the regional level. Representatives from around the world, including Afghanistan’s regional partner countries, as

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Brussels Conference reinforces role of Afghan women

With the overall aim of generating international support for the Afghan reform process and ensuring continued international political and financial support to bolster Afghanistan’s economic stability, development and state-building processes over the next four years, the two-day Brussels Conference on

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Afghan mining inspectors receive training in Iran

Ten mining inspectors from the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) received certificates for their successful completion of a two week field training in Kerman, Iran on health, safety & environmental standards (HSE) in open pit and underground mining. During

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Afghan government signs power project worth $252mn with Bayat Power Company

The Afghan government signed a power project worth USD 252mn with the Bayat Power Company. The contract was signed on Monday at the Presidential Palace between Energy and Water Minister Ali Ahmad Usmani and owner of the Bayat Company, Ihsanullah

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Afghan women working on an app to attract tourists to Afghanistan

A group of young Afghan women  are working on developing a mobile app to help attract tourists to Afghanistan. The young women are students at a coding school in Herat called Code to Inspire which is founded by Fereshteh Forough.

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