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Afghanistan to Build Marketing Centers for Afghan Businesswomen

The Afghan government will build marketing centers for Afghan women investors in Central Asia to enable them access the foreign markets.  This is in response to the challenges facing Afghan women investors discussed at the  Regional Economic Conference on Afghanistan

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Afganistan’s National Institute of Music Receives Prestigious Polar Music Prize

Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, founder of Afghanistan’s National Institute of Music,  accepted prestigious Polar Music Prize from the hands of His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at a ceremony held at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm on Thursday evening.

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Volkswagen Fined €1bn Over Diesel Emission Scandal by German Authorities

The German authorities have fined Volkswagen €1bn after it was discovered that the company had sold more than 10 million cars between mid-2007 and 2015 with emissions-test-cheating software. The company has admitted to the diesel crisis and has no plan

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Afganistan Signs Pine Nuts Export Protocol with China

Afghanistan and China signed a protocol on export of Afghan pine nuts on the sidelines of the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit.  The agreement was signed between Afghan ambassador to China Janan Musazai and Chinese customs department officials in

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Afghan Gov’t Issues License to a New Postal Service Company

Smart System becomes the 10th private company to offer postal services after receiving its license from the Afghanistan Postal Regulatory Authority (APRA) on Monday. Hekmatullah Alokozay, APRA head, said the facility would help accelerate postal services in the country.  He

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Afghanistan launches National Export Strategy

The Afghan government on Sunday  launched a new policy strategy aimed at spurring growth and job creation by boosting the export capacities of the country’s private sector and stepping up trade with regional and global markets.  The National Export Strategy

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Entrepreneur of the Month-Mary Akrami

Mary Akrami is renowned for her inspirational and influential works in envisioning an equitable and peaceful society in Afghanistan. We have chosen her as the entrepreneur of the month for the establishment of her restaurant in Kabul that is fully

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Bamyan Government Officials Attend Sustainable Development Goals Workshop

A two-day multi-stakeholder Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Agriculture and Natural Resources Management workshop was conducted from 5 to 6 June 2018 in Bamyan. Government officials from Bamyan alongside representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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President Ghani to Attend SCO Summit in China

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani will attend the upcoming 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Qin`gdao in China on June 9 and 10. The summit will focus on the fight against insurgency in Afghanistan and the region, according to the

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World Bank Supports Raisin Production in Afghanistan

The World Bank is providing $3 million in financing and $7.8 million in political risk insurance coverage for a new raisin processing plant in Afghanistan to help develop the country’s raisin market and boost its agribusiness sector. Agriculture is a

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Private Oil Refinery Worth $3M Opened in Nimroz

A private oil refinery, established at a cost of $3mn, has begun operations in Nimroz province.  This comes as complaints about low quality of petroleum was on the rise in the province.  The facility, called Attae  Filter Press, has the

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Online Taxi Service Launched in Kabul

Buber is the newly launched online taxi service designed by the Afghan Holding Group, a private company providing inter-related professional business services including taxation, accounting, training and strategic management consulting, monitoring and evaluation, and research.   Buber application can be

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UAE to Supply Jobs to Afghans

The United Arab Emirates  and Afghanistan signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on manpower recruitment on the sidelines of the 107th International Labor Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday. The MoU was signed by Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of

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New Electricity Infrastructure Benefits 90,000 Balkh Citizens

President Ashraf Ghani inaugurated new electricity infrastructure in Balkh province on Thursday.  A new substation in Khulm district will supply energy to approximately 77,000 people in the district, surrounding areas and the nearby town of Pir Nakhchir.  In addition, a

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Ghani Bans Minister of Energy and Water from Traveling Abroad

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has banned the leadership of Energy and Water Ministry from traveling abroad.  The Ministry’s spokesperson Asif Ghafori said the leadership team of the Ministry was not allowed to travel abroad until the completion of some key

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Afghanistan to disassemble 70,000 Right-Hand Drive Cars

The 70,000 right-hand drive vehicles registered with the Traffic Department will be collected and disassembled following the decision of the National Security Council (NSC), announced the department head on Monday.  Col. Mohammad Shafiq Sayedi said the NSC in 2011 gave

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IMF Approved $6.4M Disbursement for Afghanistan under ECF

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the third review of the arrangement under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) for Afghanistan on Thursday.  The ECF is a lending arrangement that provides sustained program engagement over the medium

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Perfumes Made From Afghanistan’s Orange Blossoms Sold in Sephora

Sephora, a French chain of cosmetics store, is now selling perfume made out of Nangarhar’s orange blossoms in all its stores worldwide.  The 50-ml bottle of this perfume is sold at $70 and the 11-ml at $28.  “The orange blossom

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Aryana Sayed Nominated for 2018 Atlantic Council Freedom Award

Aryana  Sayed, Afghanistan’s most popular  pop star, songwriter, and TV personality is among the recipients of the 2018 Atlantic Council Freedom Award.  Born in 1985 in Kabul to a Pashto speaking father and a Dari speaking mother, Aryana left her country

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Afghanistan’s Fourth Air Corridor Inaugurated

The Afghan-Turkey air corridor opened on Tuesday during a special ceremony in the presence of government officials, Turkish ambassador, officials of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) and a number of traders. Afghanistan has two air corridors with India

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3 Out of 4 Turbines of Naghlu Hydropower Plant are Now Active

Afghanistan’s largest hydropower plant, the Naghlu Hydropower Plant, has restarted the operations of one of its turbines.  The newly rehabilitated turbine has the capacity to generate 25 MW electricity and is connected to Afghanistan’s national grid. Three out of four

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Pak-Afghan Trade Route Re-Opens in South Waziristan

The Angoor Adda trade route between Afghanistan and Pakistan has reopened in the tribal region of South Waziristan a week after angry protests by area residents.  Some 200 vehicles filled  with export items started entering the Afghan soil as soon

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Southwest Afghanistan’s Bare Land has Become Home to Up to 2.2 Million People

The result of a study conducted by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) with the financial support of the European Union indicates that the deserts of southwest Afghanistan have changed dramatically over the last two decades.  The study has

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WB to Invest $460M in Peshawar-Torkham Expressway

The World Bank has decided to invest $460 million to build a new 4-lane highway from Peshawar to Afghanistan border as security situation improves.  The project is aimed at bolstering trade between the two countries and creating job opportunities in

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India Inaugurates Major Hydropower Dam Despite Objections from Pakistan

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a major hydropower dam in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.  The hydropower plant, Kishanganga, faces major opposition from Pakistan who alleges the plant will disrupt water supplies in the neighbouring country. The Pakistani officials claim that

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