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USAID assists Afghan women in learning about agricultural credit

One of the most difficult challenges for women farmers and agriculture-related business owners in Afghanistan is the access to credit for their agriculture operations, and understanding how credit works for them. On Wednesday, USAID’s Agricultural Credit Enhancement Phase-II project (ACE-II)

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ADB may take part in financing TAPI

The Asian Development Bank  (ADB) may join to finance the construction of the long-delayed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project, said Chin Choon Fong, senior advisor at the Central and West Asia Department of the bank. The official added that it is

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Pakistan wants Afghanistan to start importing their goods once again

The Pakistani businessmen have suggested to the business community in Afghanistan that they will offer high quality, fortified foods to Afghanistan if they start importing their goods once again. According to officials of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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Afghan women bridge gap in media by launch of TV channel

Zan TV or ‘Women’s TV’, Afghanistan’s first-ever TV channel dedicated to women, begins broadcasting this Sunday. This novelty comes as Afghan media industry continues to be dominated by men and women journalists are persistently criticized, threatened or killed for working

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Afghan Parliamentarian Forum in India on Natural Resource Management

A three-day parliamentarian natural resource management forum lead by the Afghanistan Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (AEITI) was held in Delhi, India from May 17-May 19. The event was organized by the Afghan-German Cooperation program for the promotion of good governance

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Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia to sign trade agreement

Afghan Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi and Saudi Arabia’s Commerce Minister Majid Bin Al Qasabi met in Riyadh on Thursday to discuss a range of issues including the peace process, bilateral relations and projects funded by Saudi Arabia. According to a

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Gender and Human Rights Training for 20 Teacher Trainers in Balkh

The Afghan-German Cooperation’s program for basic education (BEPA) and the Teacher Education Directorate (TED) jointly conducted a one-week training on gender and human rights for lecturers of Teacher Training Centers (TTC) in Afghanistan. The training introduced modern teaching methods to

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Afghanistan steps up work to strengthen export sector

Afghan industry leaders, small business owners and public sector representatives on 18 May met in Mazar-e-Sharif to explore provincial trade challenges and solutions that can feed into the ongoing design of the country’s National Export Strategy (NES). A National Export

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USAID provides $20mn for food security of vulnerable Afghans

On May10, USAID announced a cash contribution of $20 million to the United Nation World Food Program’s (UNWFP) Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO).  The PRRO is designed to enhance food and nutrition for 3.4 million vulnerable Afghans in 250

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NPC approves 5 contracts including CASA-1000

The National Procurement Authority (NPA) approved five contracts worth 1.6bn Afghanis including the CASA-1000 project during its 100th meeting session on Wednesday. According to a statement from the Afghan presidential palace, the other contracts approved included procurement of fuel and

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No representative for Afghanistan at WTO

A year has gone since its membership, Afghanistan still has no representative at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The Afghan government invested USD 100mn over the last 10 years in order to meet the requirements for the WTO membership. As

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NPA weeds out 900 illegal contracts

The National Procurement Authority (NPA)has saved almost 18 billion Afghanis with implementation of a transparent system in the procurement process in the past two years. The officials said on Wednesday that over 2,000 contracts worth 345 billion AFN had been

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TIR conference in Kabul focuses on turning Afghanistan into transit hub

Turning Afghanistan into a transit hub in the heart of Asia was the main topic for representatives from the Afghan government, private sector and donor community who met today during the Transports International Routiers (TIR) National Conference to discuss the

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Kabul holds sustainable energy awareness campaign

From 8th to 11th of May, the Afghanistan Sustainable Energy Week (ASEW 2017) takes place in Kabul. The campaign, organized by the Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) and Afghan-German Cooperation program for the institutional development of energy, aims

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CSO estimates Afghanistan’s population at 29.2mn

According to the 1395 statistical yearbook by the Central Statistics Organization (CSO), Afghanistan’s population has reached 29.2mn. The estimate shows 14.2mn of the population are women. Furthermore, 6.9mn people are living in urban centers and 20.8mn in rural areas. The

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A second private telecom company to launch 4G services after AWCC

Leading Afghan telecom company, Roshan, announced Tuesday that the company will launch 4G internet services in the coming future. “Today’s 4G services announcement forms part of a new program that Roshan is launching to invest in improving and upgrading our

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Poverty gaining ground in Afghanistan

According to the Poverty Status Update report, a joint effort of the Government of Afghanistan and the World Bank, poverty has gained grounds strongly amidst security and political transition. ” The transition period between 2011-12 and 2013-14 leading to the

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Strange businesses you didn’t know exist!

An anonymous delivery for smelly friends If you’ve ever wanted to anonymously let a friend know they smell, now you can, thanks to MyFriendSmells.com. The site is run by SWAGO Scents, a business that sells cologne wipes for on-the-go freshening

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US Ambassador visits Kandahar to discuss ongoing partnership

U.S. Embassy Kabul Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens visited Kandahar today and met with Kandahar Deputy Governors Abdul Hanan Munib and Haji Agha Lalai Dastagiri, and Provincial Chief of Police Lieutenant General Abdul Raziq. During the meetings, Ambassador Llorens

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New Engineering College for 720 students opens in Balkh

A new engineering college, accommodating up to 720 students,  has been officially opened in Balkh province. Located at the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) campus in Takhta-Pul in the outskirts of Mazar-e Sharif, the college is built at

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Direct flights between Afghanistan & Qatar to launch soon

Afghanistan and Qatar have agreed to launch direct flights between the two countries by October of this year, according to a statement from the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA). The agreement was made at the meeting between a delegation of

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Afghan government to build 248 cold storage facilities

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) plans to build 248 cold storage facilities worth USD 40mn across Afghanistan in the next two years. Funded by the ministry’s development budget, the cold storage facilities have up to 50,000

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Afghan Wireless Launches Afghanistan’s First 4G/LTE Communications Network

Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC), Afghanistan’s first mobile communications company, announced the launch of the Afghan Wireless 4G/LTE Network—Afghanistan’s first and only 4G/LTE communications service. Kabul will be the first location in Afghanistan to receive AWCC’s 4G/LTE Service. The Kabul

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Indian company wins tender for CASA-1000 project

The Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) announced on Thursday that an Indian company has won the tender for the CASA-1000 power project which is expected to kick off soon. According to the officials, the Afghan government has outlined

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IWA slams Afghan government for failing to safeguard natural resources

The Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) has once again flagged corruption as the biggest problem in Afghanistan’s mining sector. In their report the IWA members have highlighted some massive loopholes and inconsistencies in the figures provided by the government to Afghanistan’s

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