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Afghanistan to begin construction work on TAPI pipeline in February

The Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) said on Wednesday that Afghanistan was ready to roll out its share of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline in February. According to the ministry officials, Afghanistan has made all the necessary arrangements in

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17bn AFN increase in development funds in Afghanistan’s 2018 budget

The lower of the Afghan parliament, Wolesi Jirga, approved the national budget for 2018 on Wednesday after rejecting it the first time on December 16 for lack of “balance”  among provinces. The lower house had proposed 267.2 billion Afghanis in

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Power dam worth $20mn to be built in Paktia

The Narai Khwlai power dam will be constructed at a total cost of USD 20 million in Ahmadkhel district of southeastern Paktia province. President Ashraf Ghani recently approved the cost for the dam three months ago in addition to Machalgho

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USAID launches project on job creation in Afghan agriculture sector

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), launched the Promoting Value Chains–West project on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The project promotes inclusive growth and job creation

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2400 tons of wheat arrive in Kabul from India via Chabahar Port

The first consignment of 2400 tons of wheat as part of Indian government’s assistance to Afghanistan arrived to capital Kabul through Chabahar port. “Today,the first consignment of 2400 tons of wheat arrived in Kabul and was welcomed by Afghan Minister

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Afghani drops against foreign currencies

The value of the Afghani currency continues to drop against foreign currencies amidst the ongoing political tension in the country. Afghanistan’s central bank, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), has injected over USD 2.2 billion into the country’s market to prevent the

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National power grid extended to Ghazni province

President Ashraf Ghani attended an inauguration ceremony in Kabul, officially launching the extension of the national power grid to Ghazni. This represents a significant milestone in the development of Afghanistan’s electrical infrastructure, marking both the first time Ghazni residents have

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Maidan Wardak-Ghazni power project inaugurated

President Ashraf Ghani inaugurated the 220kw Ghazni-Maidan Wardak power project on Thursday in Chamtala area of the capital Kabul. Addressing the inaugural ceremony, he congratulated the people of the two provinces as their long-awaited demand has been met. He said

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Afghan gov’t awards contract for Ghoriyan salt extraction to a private firm

The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) awarded a contract for sedimentary salt extraction in the Ghoryan district  with the private firm Nasir Omid Salt Extraction Company. Acting Minister Nargis Nehan said that about 25,000 metric tons of salt would

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Afghan gov’t reviews policies aimed at removing barriers to women in workplace

Policies to support Afghan women who work in government were reviewed at a conference held today in Kabul. Over 150 officials, representing 36 ministries and independent agencies of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, discussed gains in the

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Afghanistan, Uzbekistan to start transit route soon

Afghanistan and Uzbekistan continue their efforts to open transit route to enable Afghan goods to be sent to other parts of the world by train from Uzbekistan. The representatives from both countries signed a number of trade and transit agreements

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UNICEF to provide $46mn to help children in Afghanistan attend schools

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will provide USD 46mn to the Afghan government to empower local education by helping children attend schools across the country. The funds will be allocated in line with the agreement signed between the UN agency

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Afghan-German Cooperation completes six projects in Baghlan

The Afghan-German Cooperation handed over newly constructed and rehabilitated rooms as well as equipment to three girls’ schools in Baghlan province. Pol-e Khumri district also received multi-cell garbage boxes, and the Department of Information and Culture (DoIC) now owns an

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Afghanistan Mining Potential, Challenges and The Way Forward

By: Mohammad Ismail Amin Afghanistan strategic location is not only of an immense importance but also the tremendous natural resources the country possesses. According to AISA research, there are various types of valuable minerals in Afghanistan that are yet to

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To Eradicate Poverty in Afghanistan Women’s Empowerment is Essential

By Kathleen Campbell, Vice President for Programs at Women for Women International In 2003, I moved to Kabul with my husband and our first child to work with a research institute. Our daughter was six-months old. Like many first-time mothers

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$60mn grant from ADB provides electricity to eastern Afghanistan

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided USD 60mn to support power transmission expansion in eastern Afghanistan. An agreement to that effect was signed by ADB’s Deputy Country Director for Afghanistan Shanny Campbell, and Afghanistan Minister of Finance and ADB

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“India is Afghanistan’s most reliable regional partner”–Pentagon

The Pentagon regarded India as Afghanistan’s “most reliable regional partner” in its report to the US Congress titled ‘Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan’. India is Afghanistan’s most reliable regional partner and the largest contributor of development assistance in the

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IMF praises Afghanistan’s pursuit of self-reliance

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has completed the second review of Afghan government’s measures in structural reforms and praised the country for its commitments and performance. Finance Ministry’s spokesperson Ajmal Hammed Abdul Rahimzai said the IMF had appreciated “the commitments

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Turkmenistan cuts electricity price for Afghanistan

Turkmenistan will reduce the price of electricity imported to Afghanistan, according to statement from CEO Abdullah Abdullah’s office. The announcement was made during the meeting between visiting Turkmenistan Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Rasit Meredow with CEO Abdullah Abdullah.

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Results of Afghanistan’s 2-year food fortification project released

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in Afghanistan released the implementation results of a two-year food fortification project in Afghanistan on Sunday. The document,

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Afghanistan mining revenue reaches 6bn AFN

The Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) has recorded over 6 billion Afghanis in revenue this year, showing a considerable increase over 2016. According to MoMP spokesperson Abdul Qadir Motafi, in 2016 the total revenue had reached 4.7 billion

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Saffron festival opens in Kabul

The first Saffron Festival kicked off in Kabul on Monday in a bid to promote saffron cultivation in the country. The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) aims to cultivate saffron in 3000 acres of land in 31

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Visa-on-arrival for foreign investors coming to Kabul

The Afghan government has decided to issue visa-on-arrival for foreign investors and business people at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in capital Kabul through representatives of the country’s Border Police of Ministry of Interior. The investors are required to provide

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First phase of Chabahar port connecting Afghanistan, Iran and India inaugurated

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated the first phase of the Chabahar port on the Gulf of Oman on Sunday. Situated on the Gulf of Oman in the Sistan-Balochistan province of Iran, the port will open a new trading routes connecting

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USAID raises women’s awareness about agricultural credit in Herat

One of the most difficult challenges for female farmers and women operating agriculture-related businesses in Afghanistan is access to credit. In addition, many women often do not understand how credit can help support the growth and expansion of their businesses.

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