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Aryana Sayed, Qais Ulfat win at DAF BAMA Music Awards 2017

The diva of Afghan music industry, Aryana Sayed, and the Shahzada (Dari word for prince), Qais Ulfat, won awards at the DAF BAMA Music Awards 2017 which was held in Hamburg, Germany on November 17th. Aryana Sayed received the Afghan

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50 female university graduates complete internship programs in Kunduz

The Afghan-German Cooperation program for the promotion of good governance in Afghanistan (RCD) has recently supported a variety of projects in the provinces Balkh and Kunduz that benefit many residents. One of the projects includes supporting participation of  50 female

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World Bank Group Youth Summit 2016 winners build two computer labs in Afghanistan

This time last year, more than 400 excited youth filled the Preston Auditorium for the World Bank Group Youth Summit 2016: Rethinking Education for the New Millennium. After receiving 875 submissions from young entrepreneurs, the Youth Summit Organizing Committee (YSOC)

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RECCA VII’s first day focuses on role of women in economic development

The 7th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan, also known as RECCA VII, has kicked off in Asghabat, capital city of Turkmenistan. Delegation from over 40 countries are participating to discuss economic cooperation and ways to rebuild Afghanistan as the

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Leaders from 40 countries to discuss Afghanistan’s economic development in Turkmenistan

The Seventh Regional Economic Cooperation Conference (RECCA VII) ministerial meeting is scheduled on November 14-15, 2017 in Ashgabat-Turkmenistan. Political and business leaders from 40 countries are going to discuss economic cooperation and ways of attracting private investment to Afghanistan. Organized

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Herat to harvest over 8 tons of saffron this year

Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock department in Herat said Herat farmers expect to harvest over eight tons of saffron this year. Department’s head Abdul Saboor Rahmani said the number of acres of land cultivated for saffron has increased from last year’s

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15,000 residents from development projects in Badakhshan

Three infrastructure projects in the districts Yaftal-e Payan, Darayem and Argo of Badakhshan were completed. Funded by the Afghan-German Cooperation’s program Regional Capacity Development (RCD), these projects include the construction of a bridge, a protection wall as well as the

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2 tons of pomegranates exported from Kandahar to UAE by air

Afghan traders sent two tons of pomegranates to the UAE from Kandahar airport, a statement from the Presidential Economic Advisory Office said on Thursday. The statement added that the number of cargo flights from Kandahar City to Dubai International Airport

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Afghan government, USAID launch program to give students access to learning materials

U.S. Embassy Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens and Chief Executive of Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, launched the Second Textbook Printing and Distribution Project on Tuesday. The project is a United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded program for the

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“Women Weekend Market” kicks off in Kabul University

The “Women Weekend Market“, a three-day business exhibition for women, has kicked off in Kabul University. Organized and funded by the Afghan-German Cooperation’s program for Sustainable Economic Development and Employment Promotion (SEDEP), the show provides a platform to more than

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UNHCR, World Bank sign data sharing agreement

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the World Bank today signed a data sharing agreement. This will strengthen existing data collection processes and enhance technical capacity for a comprehensive analysis of the return process and how best to support the

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Afghan government approves fiscal budget for year 1397

The 1397 fiscal year budget was approved in principle during a meeting of the cabinet of ministers under the chairmanship of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani. The budget consists of 357,691,493,000 Afghanis for the development and ordinary expenditures of the government

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Afghan Think-Tank Study Predicts More Poppy Cultivation for the Year 2017

The results of a new study, conducted by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) with financial support from the European Union, indicate more opium poppy cultivation in Helmand in 2017 than in the province’s past years, including the previous

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Entrepreneur of the Month: Roya Mehboob

Roya Mehboob is a young technology entrepreneur who was listed in the 2013 TIME 100 most influential people in the world. Mehboob had a passion for internet and technology from a very young age. After pursuing a degree in technology,

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India’s maiden shipment of wheat to Afghanistan flagged off via Chabahar

India sent off its first shipment to Afghanistan via Iran’s key strategic port of Chabahar port on Sunday. The shipment consisted of 1.1mn tons of wheat for the people of Afghanistan on grant basis, as part of commitment made by

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40 tons of fruits flown from Kandahar to India through Afghan-India air corridor

The fourth cargo plane flying from southern Kandahar province through the Afghanistan-India air corridor exported fresh and dried fruits weighing 40 tons to India. According to a statement from the Office of the President, Afghanistan has sent 198 tons of

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ADB commits over $5mn to support new strategy for CAREC

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao pledged more than USD 5mn to support new strategy for Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC). The announcement was made at the 16th CAREC Ministerial Conference held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on Saturday.

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USAID provides $24mn to support WFP and local economy in Afghanistan

The World Food Program (WFP) receives a US$24 million contribution from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support food assistance to highly vulnerable Afghans affected by conflict, displacement, natural disasters, and seasonal hunger. “Millions of women and

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New education facilities in Takhar benefit almost 3,000 students

The Afghan-German Cooperation handed over two newly constructed school buildings and an additional boundary wall to the Department of Education (DoE) in Takhar. The new education facilities will provide a better learning environment for almost 3,000 students, both girls and

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President Ghani bans Pakistan’s trucks from entering Afghan soil

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani issued a decree on Sunday banning Pakistani trucks from entering Afghanistan. This comes as a retaliation to Pakistan’s constant stopping of Afghan trucks from entering its territory. According to Ministry of Transport, Pakistani trucks will

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National Procurement Commission approves 10 contracts

Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the National Procurement Commission (NPC) approved ten contracts worth 1.3bn Afghanis in their meeting on Monday. The approved contracts are as follows: Construction of the 100-bed hospital in Jawzjan province Construction of a 11-km

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Ghani calls for proper urban development planning

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani addressed the 12th Silk Road Mayors Forum and said there was a need for accurate planning to develop Afghanistan’s cities. He regarded Afghanistan as the key region in the Silk Road reconstruction and said countries involved

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Female entrepreneurs graduate from Afghanistan’s first private business incubator

The first group of young female entrepreneurs graduate from Startup Valley, Afghanistan’s first private business incubator. Operated by AGHAEZ Professional Services and supported by USAID: Promote Women in the Economy (WIE), Startup Valley encourages the entrepreneurial mindset in youth, especially

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China provides $1mn for nutrition assistance to Afghanistan

The World Food Program (WFP) received a US$1 million contribution from the Government of the People’s Republic of China to provide urgent food and nutrition assistance to people affected by food crises in Afghanistan. The contribution will assist approximately 38,000

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Afghanistan to sign transport agreement with Central Asian States

The Afghan Ministry of Transport announced Saturday that an agreement was under consideration with the Central Asian States to resolve transport related issues on regional level. Addressing a press conference in Mazar-i-Sharif, Transport Ministry spokesperson Hekmatullah Qawanj said an agreement

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