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New Turbines Activated At Salma Dam To Address Power Shortage in Herat

The Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water will activate two 28-MW turbines at the Salma hydropower dam to address the electricity shortage problem in western Herat province.  The decision was made between the ministry and Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat  (DABS). 

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Work On Construction of 8 Cold Storage Facilities To Resume Soon

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) will soon resume work on a cold storage project that is left from the previous government.  The project involves construction of eight large units of cold storage in eight provinces. According

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ACCI Reflects on Afghanistan’s Private Sector Development at JCMB Meeting

Atiqullah Nusrat, CEO of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) shared the private sector’s views on current investment climate and economic growth during  Private Sector Development Session of the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) meeting.  Nusrat said

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Britain, USAID Provide $105mn For Girls Education in Afghanistan

The Great Britain and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide USD 105mn to help marginalized Afghan girls get access to quality education as part of the second phase of “Girls Education Challenge” program. “The program for

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CASA-1000 To Supply Electricity to Afghanistan, Pakistan in 2 Years

A Tajik diplomat announced on Wednesday that the Central Asia-South Asia power project (CASA-1000) was in full swing and would be completed in two years to supply electricity from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan and Afghanistan. The first Secretary of

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Afghan Research Unit Wins 2018 Prospect Magazine Think Tank Award

The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) won the Best International Social Think Tank Award at the annual London-based Prospect Magazine Think Tank Awards Ceremony on Tuesday.  The Tata Group sponsored awards recognize think tanks across sectors and regions for

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22,000 Citizens Benefit from Improved Infrastructure in Samangan

Officials of Samangan’s Public Works Department, representing the respective ministry in the province, and the Afghan-German Cooperation signed a contract for improving important traffic connections on Wednesday. Between the provincial capital Aybak and the village of Dara-e Zhowandon, three kilometres

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Australia Provides AUD 5mn To Help Drought Affected People in Afghanistan

The World Food Program (WFP) today welcomed a new contribution of AUD 5 million from the Government of Australia to provide food assistance for people affected by drought in Afghanistan.  This brings Australia’s total contribution to WFP’s operations in Afghanistan

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19% Increase In Trade Between Afghanistan & Uzbekistan

Afghanistan and Uzbekistan discuss development and cooperation in trade and economic relations between the two nations at a meeting held in Uzbekistan on Tuesday. The two sides noted the considerable increase of 19% in trade between the two countries last

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Government Officials Attend Sustainable Development Goals Workshop in Kabul

Over 65 government officials from 10 Afghan provinces attended a two-day multi-stakeholder Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Agriculture and Natural Resources Management workshop from 16 to 17 July 2018 in Kabul. Officials from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the

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Forum Held on Collaboration Between USAID and Afghan Universities

In collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and chancellors from 11 Afghan public universities, USAID held a one-day University Chancellors’ Forum today under the USAID-funded University Support and Workforce Program (USWDP).  The forum focused on the role of

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Afghans Can Now Order Food & Grocery Online

Afghans living in capital Kabul are now able to order food and grocery from a curated choice of restaurants, stores and supermarkets via ZootZoot. ZootZoot is an online food and grocery delivery platform, with a vision to provide customers with

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Central Bank Links Depreciation of Afghani to Dollar Smuggling

Head of the central bank warns about the smuggling of US dollar out of Afghanistan through the borders and links it to the depreciation f Afghani against the foreign currency. Khalilullah Sediqi, the head of the central bank (Da Afghanistan

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NPC Approves 3 Contracts Worth 204.3mn Afghanis

Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the National Procurement Commission reviewed 11 contracts worth about 1 billion Afghanis  during its session on Sunday. The Commission approved only three of the contracts worth 204.3 million Afghanis. The contracts approved were: 1)

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India To Build a Second Dam in Afghanistan

India is going to assist Afghanistan in building another dam, the Shahtoot Dam, according to the Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water. The ministry official Asif Ghafori said the project is expected to start in a month. Estimated to cost

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Six New Schools in Badakhshan Benefit 4,000 Students

More than 4,000 students will benefit from the implementation of six new schools in Argo, Darayem, Kishem, Tagab, Teshkan and Shahr-e Buzurg districts of Badakhshan province. Funded by the Afghan-German Cooperation, the schools were handed over to Badakhshan’s Provincial Education

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EU Funds Four Cold Storage Facilities in Balkh Province

Four cold storage facilities for pomegranate are going to be built in Khulm district in Balkh province by the end of this year with financial support from the European Union. Agriculture Minister Nasir Ahmad Durani said the facilities would be

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Afghan Ministry of Agriculture to Build Fruit Packaging Facility, Laboratory in Kabul

Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock is going to build a fruit packaging facility and a laboratory in Badam Bagh area of Kabul in the next seven months. “The complex will be inaugurated in the next seven months. It

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Second Annual Launch of “Passage to Prosperity: India-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Show

U.S. Ambassador John R. Bass today launched the second annual “Passage to Prosperity:  India-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Show,” scheduled to take place in Mumbai September 12-15, 2018. Organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), today’s launch was

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Thousands of Tourists Visiting the Ancient Herat City

Twenty five thousand tourists–of which 500 were foreigners from 28 different countries– visited the ancient and historical places of Herat in the past one year. Provincial cultural officials of Herat said they are striving to expand the tourism industry by

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Kabul Expo Showcases Local Products

The Afghan government and the private has jointly organized a four-day expo which kicked off on Tuesday. Over 170 companies–displaying a range of products from handicrafts to telecommunication to industrial and agricultural products–ave participated in the expo. Addressing the inaugural

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Trump Declares List of 10% Tariffs on $200bn in Chinese Goods

The Trump administration on Tuesday released a list of 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, which will undergo a two-month review process, with hearings Aug. 20-23. For over a year Trump administration has warned China to put

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ITC Unveils the Market Price Information Portal for Developing Countries

The International Trade Centre (ITC) today announced the launch of the Market Price Information portal, an online database that will provide access to live updates and prices for more than 100 agriculture products.  Launched with a view to improve transparency

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First Phase of Kabul’s Metro Bus Service to Roll Out Soon

Kabul municipality hope to roll out the first phase of the metro bus service in Kabul city by the end of the solar year. The contract for the project was signed with an Indian company last year; however, due to

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Uzbekistan Ready to Invest Further in Afghanistan

Led by Uzbekistan’s Foreign Economic Relations Minister Jamshid Kuchkarov, a high level delegation met with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah to brief about progress achieved between the two nations and about boosting further cooperation. President Ghani welcomed

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