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ADB Provides $75mn Grant To Support Afghanistan’s Horticulture Value Chains

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) agrees to provide a $75 million grant to support development of horticulture value chains in Afghanistan, empowering farmers, crop producers, as well as agriculture enterprises to become major contributors to the country’s economy. Horticulture is

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Finest Afghan Agribusinesses to Showcase Products at “WorldFood Kazakhstan” Trade Show

Twelve Afghan agribusinesses will display the finest fresh and dried fruits, nuts, juices, and vegetables at a high-profile trade event in Almaty, Kazakhstan from October 31 to November 2. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will support the

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10 Afghans Recognized For Their Role In Women’s Empowerment

Ten champions of women’s empowerment in Afghanistan received awards today from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Promote: Women in Government (WIG) project. The ten included five from the public sector and five representing the private sector from among

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Japan Gives $10mn To Improve Agriculture Techniques in Afghanistan

A new agreement on improving Afghanistan’s agriculture was signed at the Embassy of Japan in Kabul between the Government of Japan and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on Sunday. More than 16,000 farming families are

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Balkh University Designated as Financially Autonomous

The Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) designated Balkh University as financially autonomous for the first time in the history of the university.   Balkh University is now authorized to benefit from the financial autonomy bylaw that allows designated public universities to

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Afghan, India Trade Volume Up By 43%

The trade volume between Afghanistan and India has reached over one billion dollars, showing a 43% increase. This was stated during the third working group meeting on the development of trade and investment between representatives from both the countries on

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WB Provides $403mn To Support Education & Rural Women in Afghanistan

Afghanistan and the World Bank today signed new grant agreements worth $403 million to finance improvements in primary, secondary and higher education as well as advancing the economic and social standing of rural women.  “Investing in women empowerment and education

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Terrorist Financing Targeting Center & US Treasury Sanction Taliban & Their Supporters

The seven member nations of the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC) have taken significant actions to expose and disrupt Taliban actors and their Iranian sponsors that seek to undermine the security of the Afghan Government.   The TFTC Member States designated

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Kabul Citizens Vote to Strengthen Democracy and Reform, Despite Lacking Trust in the Process: AREU Research Finds

In a study conducted through interviews and focus group discussions (FGDs), the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) found that many Kabul citizens plan to take part in the upcoming elections despite their general distrust of the electoral process and

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Kabul and Balkh Universities Offer a New Bachelor of Communications Degree

Kabul and Balkh Universities introduced Bachelor of Communications Degree programs in their faculties of Journalism and Communications.  Both universities worked jointly to develop the program. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded the degree program through the University Support

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USAID Launches Anti-Harassment E-Learning Resource

The U.S. government’s Promote: Women in Government (WIG) project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched the “Professionalism in the Workplace” e-Learning video. The video will serve as a standard training tool for government workers who are

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Afghanistan’s Prosperity Rests On Investing In Its People

Article was originally published on the World Bank Blog. Author: Shubham Chaudhuri Today, the World Bank Group released the first Human Capital Index (HCI), a new global indicator to measure the extent to which human capital in each country measures

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NPC Approves Kabul-Road Project

Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the National Procurement Commission (NPC) approved 21 new contracts, including the construction of 7 kilometers road from Kabul to Logar province. The Commission approved 21 new contracts having a total value of around 4.9

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Measures Taken to Curb Smuggling of Dollar at Afghan Borders

Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), Afghanistan’s central bank, said strict measures have been taken to tackle smuggling of US dollar to neighboring countries. This comes as one US dollar was recently exchange at a rate of 76 AFN at Sarai Shahzada—Afghanistan’s

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IMF Appoints A Woman As Its Chief Economist For The First Time

Gita Gopinath becomes the first woman to serve as chief economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).  “Gita is one of the world’s outstanding economists, with impeccable academic credentials, a proven track record of intellectual leadership, and extensive international experience”,

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Afghanistan To Receive $6.1mn from IMF Upon Completion of Review by ECF

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Christoph Duenwald visited Tashkent during September 25–October 2, 2018 to conduct discussions on the fourth review of Afghanistan’s economic program supported by a three-year IMF Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement. The agreement

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Afghan Businesses Suffer $1mn In Losses Due to Customs Duty Hike

Afghan businessmen have suffered USD 1 million in losses due to a recent rise in customs duty by the Afghan government, the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) reported on Wednesday. Addressing a press conference, ACCI deputy head Khan

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US’s SHAHAR Project Supports 30 Municipalities in Afghanistan

The U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, John R. Bass, has announced support to an additional 10 municipalities in Afghanistan. This brings the total support by the U.S. government to 30 under its Strong Hubs for Afghan Hope and Resilience (SHAHAR) project. 

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Khan Steel Mill’s 2nd Phase to Be Completed In 3 Months

The construction of the 2nd phase of Khan Steel  Mill has kicked off with a total investment of USD 20 million.  One of Afghanistan’s newest industrial companies, Khan Steel Mill was founded in 2015 for the development of the steel

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