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Consultation held in Herat to discuss trade challenges & opportunities

Afghan industry leaders, small business owners and representatives from the public sector met in Herat on August 13 to explore trade-related provincial challenges and solutions that can feed into the ongoing design of the country’s National Export Strategy (NES). The

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Improved irrigation canal to benefit over 7,500 people in Taloqan

Afghan authorities and the Afghan-German Cooperation signed a contract for the reparation and rehabilitation of the Gurg irrigation canal in Taloqan, Takhar’s provincial capital on Monday. The eight kilometres long canal will increase the water supply for the Bangi district.

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Afghan government to distribute 500 tons of saffron bulbs to farmers

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock will distribute 500 tons of saffron bulbs one month ahead of the planting season to help farmers cultivate 3,000 acres of saffron in the country. The country’s saffron is exported to Arab

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Kam Air to transport fresh fruit to India as per Ghani’s orders

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has stepped in to resolve the Afghan-India air cargo issues by ensuring that 120 tons of fresh fruit is transported to India every week. This comes weeks after long delays in air cargo that left tons

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Here’s the New Afghan Strategy Trump’s Been Waiting For

The Introduction. President Trump is looking for better options before deciding policy on the war in Afghanistan. The latest headlines describe the problem but no one seems to have the solution: What will Trump do about Afghanistan?[1] He is right

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Afghan models display ethnic costumes at fashion show in Kabul

Kabul hosted a catwalk ceremony on Thursday where more than two dozen models, including six girls, displayed the costumes worn by the various ethnic groups in Afghanistan. More than 200 spectators attended the fashion show and praised the models for

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ACCI unhappy about separation of industry section

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) has voiced their concerns over the separation of the industry sector from the chamber. President Ashraf Ghani ordered a creation of a special chamber of industries and mines on May 2. The

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Samuel Tumiwa appointed as ADB’s Country Director for Afghanistan

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has appointed Indonesia’s Samuel Tumiwa as new Country Director for Afghanistan. According to a statement from ADB, Tumiwa will lead ADB operations in Afghanistan and oversee the implementation of ADB’s Country Partnership Strategy, which aims to help the

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Afghanistan Chamber of Industries and Mines established to strengthen mining sector

The Afghanistan Chamber of Industries and Mines (ACIM) officially started functioning on Monday, four days after its inauguration by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani. Addressing the press conference, ACIM COO Rahimullah Samandar said the launch of the chamber was vital to

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Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process leaders praise Afghan-India freight corridor

Stakeholders attending the eighth meeting of the Regional Technical Group of Confidence Building Measure on Trade, Commerce and Investment Opportunities under the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process praised the establishment of the India-Afghanistan air freight corridor on Tuesday. “With regard to

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Afghanistan Business Summit launches to present a stronger, ethical face of private sector

A mega gathering of Afghanistan’s elite private sector firms, namely Afghanistan Business Summit,  was launched on August 1 to showcase success stories of the business sector, share future investment opportunities, and encourage collaboration of the private sector with the government

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Afghan-India air cargo a “failed process”

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) called the Afghan-India air cargo a “failed process” as at least 120 tons of fruit are waiting for loading for the past 15 days. ACCI deputy chief Khan Jan Alokozay said the

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Afghan government hopes to exceed national revenue target

The Afghan Ministry of Finance hopes to collect more than the set target of 152 billion Afghanis in national revenue. Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi said the ministry has collected over 94 billion Afghanis in the past eight  months and has

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Afghan apprentices to receive technical and vocational education countrywide

Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Prof. Rahil Muhammad Formuly, together with Senior Advisor to the President, Dr. Mohammad Qayoumi, officially announced the expansion of reformed technical and vocational education for Afghan apprentices on Wednesday.

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Private, public sector meet to review progress in reconnecting Afghanistan to regional markets

Afghan government officials and private sector met in Kabul this week with representatives from the European Union and the International Trade Centre to take stock of progress on efforts to build Afghanistan’s capacities to participate in regional trade. The 31

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Water Reforms and Agriculture Productivity Activities in Disarray in Afghanistan

The result of a recent study, conducted by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) on Water Reforms and Agricultural Productivity in Afghanistan, reveals widespread disarray in the work of relevant ministries. According to the study, all aspects of the

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DABS warns gov’t officials to clear power bills

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), Afghanistan’s national power company, have warned government officials to clear their electricity bills amounting to seven billion Afghanistan within the next 10 days or their names would be made public. “The list has been shared

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Civil service job fair held for Afghan Women

The United States Agency for International Development Mission in Afghanistan (USAID) and the Government of Afghanistan are working together to help with the issue unemployment for Afghan women, which continues to be a challenge. USAID’s Promote: Women in Government project

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Pakistan offers scholarships for Afghan students

Pakistan’s government has offered scholarships for Afghan students in various fields including medicine, engineering, law, economics, pharmacy and computer science. The scholarships cover tuition fee, health expenditures, hostel fee and food charges. A four-day process of examination has started in

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USAID signs MoU with Ministry of Justice to improve access to services for Afghan people

In Afghanistan, traditional dispute resolution (TDR) mechanisms remain popular among citizens due to their low cost, accessibility, and community trust in finding quick solutions to legal disputes. However, these traditional mechanisms are often at odds with the Afghan Constitution and

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Women’s Contributions to Agriculture Economy in Afghanistan Need Recognition

Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) is pleased to release the findings of an in-depth study on women in agriculture in Afghanistan. The study looks at some of the issues that hamper or boost the recognition and enhancement of women’s

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Preliminary Findings of a Nomad-Farmer Conflict Study Released in a Report

In November 2017, the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) launched a three-pronged research initiative with financial support of the European Union (EU). The research focuses on Natural Resource Management (NRM), Food Zone Policy, Underground Water and the shifting interests

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Swedish Committee for Afghanistan closes health services in Laghman due to threats

Upon repeated threats from Armed Opposition Groups, the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) has been forced to close 20 clinics and its Health Management Office in Laghman province until further notice. “I am deeply concerned about the impact this may

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Afghan research think-tank partners with UK academia for War on Drugs research project

Leading experts from the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), a top Afghan research think-tank and the UK academia are joining forces to tackle one of the most serious global challenges (Drug Wars and Wars on Drugs) in a new

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ABADE program completes 5 years of success promoting Afghan entrepreneurship

In October of 2012, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Afghanistan launched an economic growth program to work with the private sector to strengthen productivity and help enterprises sustain growth and create jobs. Over the past five

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