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Germany Funds New Infrastructure Project in Afghanistan at AFN 1.5 Billion

Officials of the Afghan Government, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) as well as KfW German Development Bank signed the agreements for a new project: the Kabul Riverfront Transformation (KARIT).  Afghan President Dr Ashraf Ghani, CEO Dr Abdullah Abdullah

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Japan Provides $8.1mn New Assistance to Maternal & Child Health in Afghanistan

The Government of Japan has responded to the urgent call to scale up maternal and child health action in Afghanistan with new assistance to UNICEF of USD 8.1 million. The grant is a part of the overall supports to address

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President Ghani Committed to Supporting Local Industries

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said local industry development was crucial to the country’s economic progress and said his government was ready to support it. He met with the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce Industries (ACCI) officials on Monday and announced that

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Afghanistan’s First Cargo to Leave Soon for Europe Through Lapis Lazuli Route

Afghan Foreign Ministry announced Monday that two experimental shipments would soon leave for Europe through the Lapis Lazuli route. The route begins in Aqina and Turghundi ports in Faryab and Herat provinces of Afghanistan and crosses Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and

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Afghan Private Sector Faces Challenges Despite Pledges from Gov’t

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) said the private sector continues to face challenges despite pledges of support from the government. “The national unity government has to some extent cooperated with the private sector, but the main problems

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Mega Economic Projects to Soon Turn Kandahar City into Key Trade Zone

Mega economic projects are being implemented in Kandahar City, the capital of southern Kandahar province, which will help turn the city into an important economic zone. This announcement was made by Urban Development Minister Eng. Rokhan Wolesmal on Saturday at

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5 Major Markets Destroyed In Ghazni War, Inflicting $50mn In Losses

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries said the war in Ghazni has inflicted $50 million in losses as 5 major markets were burned during the siege over the weekend.  The clashes in Ghazni broke out in the morning of

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4th Annual Grapes Festival Kicks Off In Herat

The fourth Annual Grapes Festival in western Herat province was inaugurated by Provincial Governor Mohammad Asif Rahimi western Herat and Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock Minister Nasir Ahmad Durani on Wednesday.  According to the officials, agricultural products of Kandahar, Helmand, Herat,

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Experts Discuss Afghanistan Groundwater Managements Needs

The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) and the EU Delegation organized a one-day Open Dialogue on 14 August 2018 in Kabul to discuss multidimensional needs of groundwater management in Afghanistan. Groundwater Management is a part of AREU’s three-pronged research

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Work on TAPI Project Is Not Delayed: Acting Minister of Mines

Addressing the Council of Ministers meeting on Monday, Acting Minister of Mines Nargis Nehan denied the rumors that work on the TAPI gas pipeline project has been delayed. She reported on the progress of the project and assured that the

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High Economic Council Approves Two Mining Contracts

The High Economic Council approved major contracts for exploration of two mines after a comprehensive review of the contracts during their meeting on Sunday. The approved contracts are for the Badakhshan gold mine and Balkhab copper mine. Ajmal Ahmadi, senior

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Omani Private Sector Delegation in Kabul To Discuss Investment

A private sector delegation from Oman is visiting Kabul to discuss investment in various sectors in Afghanistan. Invited by Afghan companies, the delegation said they can invest in the precious stones processing, saffron cultivation and dry fruit sectors. “The idea

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India, Afghanistan Highlight Importance of Chabahar Port

Officials from India and Afghanistan discussed several ongoing development projects during the second meeting of India-Afghanistan Joint Working Group on Development Cooperation (JWG-DC) in Kabul on Thursday. The JWG-DC is one of the four Joint Working Groups formed under the

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40% Surge In Herat Land Transport Revenue

The Transport Department of western Herat province has recorded a 40% increase in revenue from land transport this year. The officials have linked the hike in revenue to anti-corruption efforts and recruitment of professional employees. According to Pajhwok Afghan News

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New Turbines Activated At Salma Dam To Address Power Shortage in Herat

The Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water will activate two 28-MW turbines at the Salma hydropower dam to address the electricity shortage problem in western Herat province.  The decision was made between the ministry and Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat  (DABS). 

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Work On Construction of 8 Cold Storage Facilities To Resume Soon

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) will soon resume work on a cold storage project that is left from the previous government.  The project involves construction of eight large units of cold storage in eight provinces. According

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ACCI Reflects on Afghanistan’s Private Sector Development at JCMB Meeting

Atiqullah Nusrat, CEO of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) shared the private sector’s views on current investment climate and economic growth during  Private Sector Development Session of the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) meeting.  Nusrat said

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Britain, USAID Provide $105mn For Girls Education in Afghanistan

The Great Britain and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide USD 105mn to help marginalized Afghan girls get access to quality education as part of the second phase of “Girls Education Challenge” program. “The program for

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CASA-1000 To Supply Electricity to Afghanistan, Pakistan in 2 Years

A Tajik diplomat announced on Wednesday that the Central Asia-South Asia power project (CASA-1000) was in full swing and would be completed in two years to supply electricity from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan and Afghanistan. The first Secretary of

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Afghan Research Unit Wins 2018 Prospect Magazine Think Tank Award

The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) won the Best International Social Think Tank Award at the annual London-based Prospect Magazine Think Tank Awards Ceremony on Tuesday.  The Tata Group sponsored awards recognize think tanks across sectors and regions for

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22,000 Citizens Benefit from Improved Infrastructure in Samangan

Officials of Samangan’s Public Works Department, representing the respective ministry in the province, and the Afghan-German Cooperation signed a contract for improving important traffic connections on Wednesday. Between the provincial capital Aybak and the village of Dara-e Zhowandon, three kilometres

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Australia Provides AUD 5mn To Help Drought Affected People in Afghanistan

The World Food Program (WFP) today welcomed a new contribution of AUD 5 million from the Government of Australia to provide food assistance for people affected by drought in Afghanistan.  This brings Australia’s total contribution to WFP’s operations in Afghanistan

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19% Increase In Trade Between Afghanistan & Uzbekistan

Afghanistan and Uzbekistan discuss development and cooperation in trade and economic relations between the two nations at a meeting held in Uzbekistan on Tuesday. The two sides noted the considerable increase of 19% in trade between the two countries last

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Government Officials Attend Sustainable Development Goals Workshop in Kabul

Over 65 government officials from 10 Afghan provinces attended a two-day multi-stakeholder Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Agriculture and Natural Resources Management workshop from 16 to 17 July 2018 in Kabul. Officials from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the

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Forum Held on Collaboration Between USAID and Afghan Universities

In collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and chancellors from 11 Afghan public universities, USAID held a one-day University Chancellors’ Forum today under the USAID-funded University Support and Workforce Program (USWDP).  The forum focused on the role of

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