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Pakistan yet to respond to Afghanistan’s APTICA meeting request

The Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) is still awaiting Pakistan’s response in regards to holding the seventh Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Issue Contract Agreement (APTICA). “Suggestion is sent to Pakistan in order to hold the seventh meeting of APTICA. We

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IIFA 2017 to be held in New York

The 18th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) is going to be held in New York, USA on July 14-15. The gala will be held at the iconic MetLife Stadium, where American has seen National Football League games,

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German funded Kunduz-Khum Highway project inaugurated

Afghan Minister of Public Works Mahmod Baligh inaugurated phase one and two of the Kunduz-Khulm highway on Wednesday. Strengthening trade in the two northern provinces of Afghanistan and improving traffic system, the highway connects Khulm’s district in Balkh to Kunduz

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134 Afghan engineers receive training on designing and surveying construction projects

Over 100 Afghan engineers completed a seminar on how to plan, design and construct roads and bridges. The training was financed by Regional Capacity Development (RCD) program at a total cost of nearly AFN 1.3 million, while the Regional Infrastructure

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System computerization has helped boost Nangarhar’s custom revenue

Revenue of the Customs Department of eastern Nangarhar province has recorded 2.5bn Afghanis in revenues in the first quarter of the current fiscal year,  indicating 4.14mn Afghanis increase over last year’s returns. Speaking with Pajhwok Afghan News, Elhamuddin Muzhar, head

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Survey presents business opportunities in Afghanistan’s energy sector

The Afghan Renewable Energy Union (AREU) and the German Federal Association of the Solar Industry (BSW) presented a market survey for solar energy. The study describes business opportunities for private companies in the photovoltaic sector. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s program Institutional

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Kazakhstan to export fortified flour to Afghanistan

Kazakhstan has agreed to fulfill Afghanistan’s request of exporting fortified flour to Afghanistan–a request previously ignored by Pakistan. Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) said Saturday that Kazakhstan business owners have agreed to ensure that at least 50% of

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President Ghani highlights Afghanistan’s investment opportunities in Singapore

Addressing a meeting with entrepreneurs from various sectors in Singapore, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani briefed the participants on the investment opportunities in Afghanistan and said the world should not focus on Afghanistan’s wars only. He said increase in domestic income

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Foundation for Afghanistan’s first grapes & raisins processing factory laid in Parwan

Afghanistan’s first ever grapes and raisins processing factory is soon to be established in the northern province of Parwan. The foundation for the new factory was laid on Friday by Afghanistan’s CEO Abdullah Abdullah. Abdullah highlighted the importance of investment

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Afghan singer among top 30 beautiful women in the world

According to a poll by Buzznet, Mozhdah  Jamalzadah is among the top 30 beautiful women in the world. Jamalzadah is one of Afghanistan’s most renowned pop singers. Raised in Vancouver, Canada, Mozhdah studied Broadcast Journalism at the British Columbia Institute

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New strategy discussed at National Health Conference for Afghanistan’s maternal mortality rate

Amid new indications that the rate of maternal mortality has worsened in the country, officials from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), international health organizations, and other government agencies met at the National

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NATO pledges $2.7mn for reconstruction of military hospital in Kabul

The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan had pledged USD 2.7mn for the reconstruction of the Kabul military hospital which recently witnessed a six-hour siege that left at least 50 people dead. According to the Resolute Mission spokesperson Capt Bill

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Repairing of new roads in Feyzabad, Badakhshan benefit 1.2mn residents

Feyzabad’s Provincial Governor signed the contract for the operation and maintenance of the 103-kilometre long Feyzabad – Kishim Main Road in Badakhshan. The contractor will repair rockslide and water damages that were caused by Kokcha River and upgrade the construction

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Beauty and the Beast tops $900mn mark at worldwide box office

“Beauty and the Beast”, Disney’s blockbuster, has collected over USD 900mn at the worldwide box office after less than four weeks of its release. The movie is now the 42nd highest worldwide grosser, beating “Harry Potter and the Goblet of

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Scottish economy slumps while rest of UK economy grows

Scotland’s Chief Statistician has recorded a 0.2% decline in the country’s economy in the last quarter of 2016. In contrast, the rest of the UK economy grew by 0.7% during the same period. The Scottish economy has witnessed a drop

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Afghanistan to review its Investment Law

The Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) said Wednesday that the Investment Law would be reviewed this year to encourage and attract further investment. According to the  ministry, over USD 1.7bn was invested in various sectors including USD 806mn

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New geological center opens in Kabul

The British Ambassador to Kabul Domenic Jermey inaugurated a new geological center in Kabul on Monday. The USD 373,000 laboratory will enable Afghanistan to carry out tests on its minerals inside the country. “Minerals in this country and the wealth

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Japan contributes $12mn to Afghanistan for irrigation, fiscal support

The Japanese government has pledged over USD 12mn to the Afghan government for the improvement of irrigation systems and to provide fiscal support. According to a statement from the Japanese Embassy in Kabul, the projects covered under this funding are

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Australia, Afghanistan sign $320mn development agreement

Australian Prime Minister has pledged continuous support to Afghanistan and signed a USD 320mn development agreement with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Monday. The agreement involves cooperation in various areas including infrastructure, education and employment of women and girls,

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When women suffer, a country suffers: CEO Abdullah Abdullah

Afghanistan’s CEO Abdullah Abdullah addressed the first Women Economic Forum on Sunday and said women’s empowerment is vital for the country’s development. He said Afghanistan has a long way to go to successfully achieve economic empowerment of women in the

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Entrepreneur of the Month: Shamama Arbab

Shamama Arbab is the director of Euro Industries, a food processing business in Peshawar, Pakistan. She works in a city where it is difficult for women just to step out of the house alone, let alone to launch and grow

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Afghanistan’s transit plans aligned with One Belt, One Road initiative

Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi announced at the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2017 this week in China that Afghanistan’s trade and transit plans were aligned according to OBOR’s initiative. Addressing the Forum, Hakimi said Afghanistan

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US isolates North Korea’s economy for pursuing nuclear weapons

The United States government hit North Korea with more sanctions on Friday for pursuing nuclear weapons. As many as 11 North Korean businesses and an industrial firm are facing the brunt of the sanctions, including Paeksol Trading Corporation, for acquiring

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Apple opens its first App Accelerator outside of the US

Apple has launched its App Accelerator in Bangalore, India, to help meet the needs of customers in India and around the world. India is the first country outside the US where Apple has set this facility up. “In just the

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Afghanistan’s Ministry of Commerce and Industries partners with Indian Center for WTO Studies

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) and the Delhi-based Center for WTO Studies (CWS) have entered into a partnership for the capacity building of MoCI. The partnership agreement was finalized by Mohammad Haqjo, Deputy Minister for Commerce and Industries,

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