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Ghani calls for proper urban development planning

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani addressed the 12th Silk Road Mayors Forum and said there was a need for accurate planning to develop Afghanistan’s cities. He regarded Afghanistan as the key region in the Silk Road reconstruction and said countries involved

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Female entrepreneurs graduate from Afghanistan’s first private business incubator

The first group of young female entrepreneurs graduate from Startup Valley, Afghanistan’s first private business incubator. Operated by AGHAEZ Professional Services and supported by USAID: Promote Women in the Economy (WIE), Startup Valley encourages the entrepreneurial mindset in youth, especially

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China provides $1mn for nutrition assistance to Afghanistan

The World Food Program (WFP) received a US$1 million contribution from the Government of the People’s Republic of China to provide urgent food and nutrition assistance to people affected by food crises in Afghanistan. The contribution will assist approximately 38,000

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Afghanistan to sign transport agreement with Central Asian States

The Afghan Ministry of Transport announced Saturday that an agreement was under consideration with the Central Asian States to resolve transport related issues on regional level. Addressing a press conference in Mazar-i-Sharif, Transport Ministry spokesperson Hekmatullah Qawanj said an agreement

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Afghanistan receives certificate of permanent membership to AIIB

Afghanistan received the certificate of permanent membership to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), according to a statement from the Afghan Ministry of Finance. The membership will provide financial and technical facilities for implementation of major national projects including solar

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Women in Civil Service: 40 Afghan women conclude internship program

Forty Afghan women finished a six-month internship program at 15 line departments in Taloqan, Takhar province. The program was aimed at preparing the participants for their professional career and increasing the number of female civil service employees. Financed by the

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Afghan economy could grow by 6.5% a year: World Bank

According to World Bank’s recently released report, Afghanistan’s economy could grow by 6.5% a year between now and 2030, if the country properly uses its resources, mainly in mining and agriculture sectors. The World Bank has called on the government

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USAID Empowers Young Female Medical Technicians

Thirteen young women are among the first to graduate from USAID Promote: Women in the Economy’s (WIE) Forward Together Scholarship Doppler Ultrasound course. Held at the Ariana Hospital, the subsidized course gave participants the skills needed to operate an advanced

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Afghan female entrepreneur hopes to promote domestic products

Female entrepreneur Kubra Dastagerzada started her food business four years ago with the hope to promote domestic products. She produces pickles and jams and sells them at local markets. Dastagerzada started her business with only 50,000 AFN in her house

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Afghan medal winners of Turkmenistan games receive large sums of cash prizes from President Ghani

The medal winners of the Turkmenistan games received large sums in cash prizes and appreciation letters from President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani. The Afghan team bagged six medals in total at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in Turkmenistan

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Afghan Women Chamber of Commerce & Industries officially launched

The Afghan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industries was officially launched on Sunday by First Lady Lola Ghani. The idea for establishment of a separate chamber of commerce for women was proposed by the Leading Entrepreneurs of Afghanistan for Development

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Kam Air kicks off Delhi, Mazar direct flights

Afghan private airline company, Kam Air, kicked off the first direct flight between Mazar-e-Sharif, capital of northern Balkh province, and New Delhi, capital city of India, on Monday. According to the officials, two flights will take place between Mazar city

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Young Afghan girl wins prize in international WFP Children’s Design Competition

Artwork by Mariam Ahmadi has been named as one of the winners in the international WFP Children’s Design Competition for 2017, organized by the United Nations World Food Program. The winning design portrays Miriam’s experience of her school in Badghis

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Afghan central bank invests $50mn in US stock market

The Central Bank of Afghanistan, also called Da Afghanistan Bank, has invested over USD 50mn in nine securities in the US stock market. This is the first time that the country has invested in stock market and it has so

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Afghanistan, India strengthen economic bond through Trade and Investment Show

In an effort to strengthen commercial and economic ties between Afghanistan and India through trade and investment, the Governments of India and Afghanistan, along with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), opened the first “Passage to Prosperity: India-Afghanistan

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Microfinance training program assists young Afghan women enter financial sector

Seventy-five young Afghan women graduated today from USAID Promote: Women in the Economy (WIE)’s Microfinance Institute Training (MFI) Program. Implemented by the Afghanistan Microfinance Association (AMA), the nine-month apprenticeship program equips young women with the technical and managerial skills needed

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Milk processing complex worth $12mn to be built in Kabul

The Afghan government will invest USD 12 million in the establishment of a milk processing complex in Ben Hesar Farm in capital Kabul. Jahangir Miakhail, general director at the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), said the complex would

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10-MW solar power plant to be built in Kandahar

A 10-megawatt solar power plant, the first of its capacity in Afghanistan, is now under construction near the city of Kandahar after a ceremonial groundbreaking event featuring government officials and representatives of the country’s national utility Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat

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121 cold storages for onions established across Kabul

The Afghan government has established 121 cold storages in five districts of Kabul for onions. “It was part of this year’s plan to build cold storages in Kabul’s districts and we plan to build more in the future,” said Minister

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First Bakery Training Centre in Balkh Province – Lead by Women

Balkh’s first Bakery Training Center led by women was inaugurated on Sunday. The centre operates as a bakery as well as a training facility for apprentices. The Afghan-German Cooperation initiated and financed the project while the Balkh Directorate of Women

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Herat uses its first-ever solar-wind power plant

Funded by Japan, the first-ever solar and wind power plant is put into service at the industrial park in western Herat province. Costing USD 3.5mn, the project is termed Afghanistan’s “biggest” plant and benefits 15,000 families and 100 small factories

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IDB provides $74mn for construction of Kabul Ring Road

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has provided USD 74mn in soft loan for the construction of Kabul Ring Road (KRR) and other related infrastructure. An agreement to that effect was signed between the national economic council, led by President Mohammad

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Afghan-China railway route halts operations

According to the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), the newly established Afghan-China railway route has halted operations since the past three months. The official said the route stopped after the Chinese company involved suspended its operations due to

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Apple unveils iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Apple officially unveiled the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models today featuring with faster processors, a True Tone display and upgraded cameras. One of the biggest changes in the latest model is its glass back in order to enable one

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India commits to 116 new projects in Afghanistan

The Indian government has stepped up its development partnership with Afghanistan by committing to 116 new projects in 31 provinces. The announcement was made during the bilateral talks between Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and his Indian counterpart Suhma Swaraj

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