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Entrepreneur of the Month: Parwarish Oryakhail

Parwarish Oryakhail is the owner of Pome Agricultural Company, which introduces modern farming system and agricultural practices in Afghanistan along with the introduction of improved varieties of fruits and vegetables. The modern farming system and agriculture practices help Afghan farming

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Today’s Exchange Rates in Kabul Market

  1USD 1 دالر 75.85 1 EURO 1 یورو 85.85 1 POUND 1 پوند 95.30 1 S.RIAL 1 ریال سعودی 20.15 1 UAE DIRHAMS 1 درهم امارات 20.60 1 FRANC 1 فرانک 75.40 1 AUS $ 1 دالر آسترالیا 54.20

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Korea Donates $2.2mn To Support Drought Victims in Afghanistan

The People and Government of Republic of Korea has donated around USD 2.2 million to support vulnerable children and women affected by displacement due to drought, UNICEF said Sunday. This comes as around 83,000 families across the country are in need

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Nepal to benefit from SAARC Development Fund

SAARC Development Fund (SDF) has recently accorded in-principle approval to three important infrastructure projects in energy sector in Nepal. These projects have cross border connectivity to neighboring SAARC Member States involving participation of Bangladesh and India. The cumulative loan commitment

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40,000 Residents in Balkh To Benefit From New Electricity Distribution

The Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) and the Tajik construction company Tojik Gidro Elektro Montaj (TGEM) signed contracts for constructing a new electricity distribution network in Balkh Province’s capital Mazar-e Sharif on Wednesday. The network shall supply electricity

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Inauguration of Lapis Lazuli Corridor

The Lapis Lazuli Corridor was officially inaugurated today in Herat.  The route will enable Afghanistan to export its products to Europe and other international markets in a short time.  Addressing the ceremony, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani regarded the launch of

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Afghan Women Meet To Advocate For Women in Peace Process

More than 75 women members of Provincial Peace Councils (PPCs) met in Kabul on Wednesday to plot a strategy to advocate for the interests of women in the peace process. Over 120 Promote Musharikat “Women in Peace” Coalition activists and

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Afghanistan’s Unemployment Rate of 30% is Highest in the World

According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), Afghanistan presently has the highest unemployment rate in the world. With an unemployment rate of 30%, Afghanistan has the highest number of unemployed work force in the world. “The current situation is not

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Launch Of Feasibility Study For Khush Tepa Irrigation Canal

The Office of the President hosted a ceremony to celebrate the launch of a feasibility study of the Khush Tepa Irrigation Canal in Kunduz, Jawzjan, and Balkh provinces.  Upon completion, the proposed irrigation scheme will impact more than 60,000 households;

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Nangarhar Honey Production Up by 150 Tons This Year

Nangarhar province has witnessed a significant hike in honey production this year, following the efforts from the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) to increase beekeeping in the country. Beekeeping has increased in Nangarhar province, and this year Nangarhar

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Work on Pashdan Dam in Herat Resumes After 3 Years of Pause

The Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water has informed that work on construction of Pashdan Dam in Herat province has resumed and is expected to be completed within the next three years. Abdullah Qazizada, an official from the ministry, said

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IMF Approves $6.2 Million for Afghanistan Under the Extended Credit Facility

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the Fourth Review of Afghanistan’s economic program supported by an arrangement under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) during its board meeting on December 7. It re-upped its extended credit facility with the country which

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Solar Power Project & Road Construction Project To Kick Off Soon in Ghor

The contracts for a solar power project and a road construction projects were signed in the presence of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and the tribal leaders and influential figures of Ghor province on Wednesday. According to a statement from the

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Road Reconstruction to Benefit 22,000 Citizens in Samangan

The ground-breaking ceremony for constructing a 3-kilometers long asphalt road connecting Aybak and Dara-e Zhowandon village as well as an 800 meters long gravel road connection to Mazar-e Sharif – Kabul Highway took place in Aybak on Tuesday. The officials

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Rehabilitated Irrigation Canal in Badakhshan benefits 4,200 Citizens

The Afghan-German Cooperation handed over a rehabilitated irrigation canal to the Governor’s Office of Argo District, Badakhshan on Tuesday. The canal is located in the Sarai Dara area and benefits about 4,200 residents who now have access to sufficient irrigation

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Survey Reveals Improvement in Afghans’ Confidence Toward Security, Economy

The Asia Foundation – Afghanistan, with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched the 14th annual Survey of the Afghan People (SAP) on Tuesday.  First launched in 2004, the Survey gathered the opinions of more than

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Afghanistan’s First-Ever Dog Shop Established in Kabul

Afghanistan German Shepherd Dogs Club is the first-ever dog shop in Kabul that aims to assist, teach and advise dog owners and as well us to provide them dog foods, accessories, toys, health certificate, microchip, to deworm and to vaccinate

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Japan Donates $9.1 million to support children and mother’s health in Afghanistan

The Government of Japan has donated USD 9.1 million in support of UNICEF’s drive to provide life-saving interventions with the collaboration of JICA, addressing urgent needs and rights of Afghanistan’s children and women.  This grant will enable UNICEF and its

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Afghan Farmers Harvest 3 Tons More Saffron This year

Afghan farmers have harvested 13 tons of saffron this year compared to last year’s 10 tons, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL). The ministry had predicted 14 tons a year by 2021, which is an easily

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Germany Provides AFN 5.4 Billion of Additional Funding to Afghanistan

Germany has agreed to provide additional funding of about AFN 5.4 billion to the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) via KfW Development Bank.  The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan where the international community

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26% Hike in Pistachio Yield in Samangan

The northern Samangan province has witnessed a considerable increase in its pistachio production this year. According to sources, pistachio yield in the province has reached 212 tons this year, indicating a 26% increase from last year. Farmers have earned 265mn

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Act now for a brighter future for the Afghan people

World Bank Blog Post By Hartwig Schafer In 2001, only one million Afghan children attended school–none of them girls. Today, over 8.5 million students attend school–over 40% of them girls. Amina, a 9th grade student, is one of over 3

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Education Boost for Marginalized Children in Afghanistan Through GPE

The Global Partner for Education (GPE) has allocated $200 million multi-year educational projects in Afghanistan, Myanmar and South Sudan.  “Educating children in Afghanistan, Myanmar and South Sudan is critical to their countries’ long-term prosperity, peace and stability,” said GPE Board

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More Afghan Women Enter the Financial Sector

One hundred and two young Afghan women graduated today from USAID’s Promote: Women in the Economy (WIE) Microfinance Institute Training (MFI) program.  The women are part of the program’s second apprenticeship session, which now includes 177 graduates. Implemented by the

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Nigeria Likely to Lose $6bn From Fraud Oil Deal

Italian company Eni and Anglo-Dutch company Shell are accused of being involved in a corrupt oil deal that could lead Nigeria to losing USD 6 billion. The scandal involves former MI6 officers, the FBI, a former President of Nigeria, as

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