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Afghanistan discusses trade impediments with Pakistan and calls for action

A delegation led by Afghan Defense Ministry Advisor Wazhma Frogh met with the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) to discuss the impediments facing Afghan-Pak bilateral trade. Frogh voiced her concerns over unreasonable delays in clearance of

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Distrust over NUG continues among Afghans: New poll shows

A new poll conducted by the Center for Strategic and Regional Studies (CSRS) indicates that distrust among Afghans over the National Unity Government’s policies on economy, security and corruption continues. On the basis of the poll, almost 90% of Afghans believe

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$7bn injected into Afghanistan’s economy through aid for migrants

At least USD 7bn has come into Afghanistan through international aid for migrants and from contributions made by almost 6 million Afghans living abroad. “In 1395, more than USD 7bn was injected into the country’s economy through the migrant phenomenon,”

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Afghan carpet traders sign major deals at Domotex Trade Fair

Sixteen of Afghanistan’s top carpet and rug traders showcased their finest samples and signed a number of major deals with international buyers at Domotex, a leading tradeshow for the floor coverings industry. The tradeshow, held from January 14-17 at the

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Afghan parliament approves draft budget for 1396 fiscal year

The Lower House of the Parliament, Wolesi Jirga, approved the draft budget for the fiscal year 1396 on Monday. The budget was rejected by the lawmakers when it was first submitted in December, 2016 due to “imbalance” in development and

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2017 Filmfare Award Winners List

Aamir Khan and Alia Bhatt take the black lady home for their roles in Dangal and Udta Punjab respectively. Soonam Kapoor bags the Critics Best Actress award for her power packed performance in Neerja. Shahid Kapoor and Manooj Bajpaee win

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Civil society actors from northern provinces meet to intensify cooperation

Civil society actors from the Northern provinces–Balkh, Samangan, Kunduz, Jawzjan, Takhar and Kabul– participated in a dialogue meeting organized by the Afghan-German Cooperation. The meeting aimed at identifying common challenges, coordinating activities, finding synergies and developing an intervention map of

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UAE supports Afghanistan in various sectors

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has contributed over USD 400mn in security, economics, humanitarian and development assistant to Afghanistan, according to the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The following are the areas where the UAE has contributed

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Afghanistan, Pakistan back ‘Beyond Boundaries Project’

The Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI) has pledged all-out support for Phase II of the ‘Beyond Boundaries Project’ to help boost regional cooperation. A 12-member delegation of officials from Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed to support the second

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Afghan government to raise $2.5bn in revenue in March, 2017

Afghan Finance Ministry expects to raise USD 2.5bn in revenue in March, 2017, USD 500mn above the target. The boost in revenue is linked to a new tax regime that is aimed at stopping the country’s dependence on international aid

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Japan pledges support to expand Chabahar port

The Japanese government has reached an agreement with New Delhi on working for the expansion of Chabahar Port in Iran. This announcement was made by Japan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Kentaro Sonoura during his meeting with Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani

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Afghanistan, China sign $204.9mn road construction deal

Afghanistan awarded the Dara-e-Suf to Yakawlang road project to a Chinese firm after its bid of USD 204.9mn was approved by the Afghan government. An agreement to that effect was signed by Afghan Public Works Minister Mahmoud Baligh in the

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Public-Private dialogue to improve industries in Balkh province

The Balkh Directorate of Commerce and Industry (DOCI) and the Balkh Chamber of Commerce and Industry conducted a Public Private Dialogue (PPD) meeting on Wednesday. More than 30 people participated in this event. The activity was funded and co-organized by

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Afghanistan’s exports up by 12%

Afghan Minister of Commerce and Industries Humayon Rasa announced Afghanistan’s trade deficit was gradually moving toward positive as exports have increased by 12%. Afghanistan’s trade deficit had been widening in the past decade. Afghanistan recorded a trade deficit of 7159

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Ghani suspends telecom minister over tax probe

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani suspended Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Abdul Razaq Wahidi on Sunday following an audit into the collection of a 10% tax on mobile phone topups. A spokesperson for the ministry, Yasin Samim, said the president’s

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‘Way of Pen’ society rallies to reopen schools in Kandahar

A society named ‘Way of Pen’ has launched a campaign in Spin Spoldak district of southern Kandahar province to reopen schools. Matiullah Wesa, founder of the ‘Way of Pen’ society, initiated the campaign via social media in a remote area

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Workshops on role of gender in mining sector held in Kabul, Balkh and Herat

Three workshops on the role of gender in the mining sector were held in Kabul, Balkh and Herat. In total, 60 male and female employees of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) participated in the trainings. The activity was

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