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India To Build a Second Dam in Afghanistan

India is going to assist Afghanistan in building another dam, the Shahtoot Dam, according to the Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water. The ministry official Asif Ghafori said the project is expected to start in a month. Estimated to cost

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Today’s Exchange Rates in Kabul Market

1USD 1 دالر 72.50 1 EUR 1 یورو 84.40 1 POUND 1 پوند 95.00 1 S.RIAL 1 ریال سعودی 19.20 1 UAE DIRHAMS 1 درهم امارات 19.65 1 FRANC 1 فرانک 71.60 1 AUS $ 1 دالر آسترالیا 53.00 1

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Six New Schools in Badakhshan Benefit 4,000 Students

More than 4,000 students will benefit from the implementation of six new schools in Argo, Darayem, Kishem, Tagab, Teshkan and Shahr-e Buzurg districts of Badakhshan province. Funded by the Afghan-German Cooperation, the schools were handed over to Badakhshan’s Provincial Education

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EU Funds Four Cold Storage Facilities in Balkh Province

Four cold storage facilities for pomegranate are going to be built in Khulm district in Balkh province by the end of this year with financial support from the European Union. Agriculture Minister Nasir Ahmad Durani said the facilities would be

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Afghan Ministry of Agriculture to Build Fruit Packaging Facility, Laboratory in Kabul

Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock is going to build a fruit packaging facility and a laboratory in Badam Bagh area of Kabul in the next seven months. “The complex will be inaugurated in the next seven months. It

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Second Annual Launch of “Passage to Prosperity: India-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Show

U.S. Ambassador John R. Bass today launched the second annual “Passage to Prosperity:  India-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Show,” scheduled to take place in Mumbai September 12-15, 2018. Organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), today’s launch was

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Thousands of Tourists Visiting the Ancient Herat City

Twenty five thousand tourists–of which 500 were foreigners from 28 different countries– visited the ancient and historical places of Herat in the past one year. Provincial cultural officials of Herat said they are striving to expand the tourism industry by

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Kabul Expo Showcases Local Products

The Afghan government and the private has jointly organized a four-day expo which kicked off on Tuesday. Over 170 companies–displaying a range of products from handicrafts to telecommunication to industrial and agricultural products–ave participated in the expo. Addressing the inaugural

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ITC Unveils the Market Price Information Portal for Developing Countries

The International Trade Centre (ITC) today announced the launch of the Market Price Information portal, an online database that will provide access to live updates and prices for more than 100 agriculture products.  Launched with a view to improve transparency

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First Phase of Kabul’s Metro Bus Service to Roll Out Soon

Kabul municipality hope to roll out the first phase of the metro bus service in Kabul city by the end of the solar year. The contract for the project was signed with an Indian company last year; however, due to

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Uzbekistan Ready to Invest Further in Afghanistan

Led by Uzbekistan’s Foreign Economic Relations Minister Jamshid Kuchkarov, a high level delegation met with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah to brief about progress achieved between the two nations and about boosting further cooperation. President Ghani welcomed

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Ice Ball Fire Extinguisher Introduced in Afghanistan for the First Time

An Afghan local company has imported one of the world’s fastest and strongest fire extinguishers called Ice Ball. The product was introduced by Mohammad Tariq Totakhail, head of the private company, on Saturday in Kabul. Totakhail said the product extinguishes

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Kandahar Fruit Exporters Face Problems from Pakistan Amid Fruit Harvests

Traders from southern Kandahar province are not enjoying the current fruit harvests as their trade is trampled by the neighboring Pakistan. According to reports, Afghan traders are forced to pay bribes in the name of transit fee and taxes by

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Afghan Government Starts Work On $450mn Kandahar Dam Project

Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water has started work on a key dam project, with an investmen tof USD 450 million, in Arghandab district of Kandahar province. One of the components of the project is increasing the capacity of Kandahar’s

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Afghanistan, Germany Strengthen Trade Ties Through the New Economic Council

Then Afghan-German Economic Council was launched on Tuesday to strengthen trade and economic ties between Afghanistan and Germany and create more job opportunities fro businessmen. The ceremony was attended by representatives from the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI),

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Afghanistan to Implement World’s Advanced Technology to Ensure Transparency

The Afghan Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) will activate one of the world’s advanced technology system to ensure transparency in collection of the 10% mobile phone tax. This new system is called the Real Time Data Management System

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Afghan Transport Ministry’s Revenue Up By Almost 50%

Afghan Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation has recorded a 48% increase in its revenue during the first two quarters of the current year. Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Minister Mohammad Hamid Tehmasi said the returns from ports and

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Afghan Goods Can Now Be Transited to Russia and China Through Uzbekistan

Afghanistan is now able to transit its goods to Russia and China through Uzbekistan’s Andi Jan port after the establishment of a transit hub by Uzbekistan. Situated in Termez city of Uzbekistan, the hub includes a railway line and station,

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Peace Deal Without Economic Opportunities Not Enough for Afghanistan

Written by: *Gul Maqsood Sabit, Lecturer, Ohlone College, Fremont, California, USA. Former Deputy Minister of Finance, Afghanistan. The recent announcement of a ceasefire by the Afghan government and then Taliban agreement to a Three-day ceasefire is rather encouraging and hopeful

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Afghanistan Smuggles Up to $3mn to Iran Daily

According to a recent report by Reuters, Afghan traders smuggle up to USD 3 million to Iran. This comes as Iran’s financial market is hit hard following the withdrawal of the United States from the nuclear deal and emergence of

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1000-Bed Medical Complex to be Built Soon in Nangarhar Province

A medical complex with 1000 beds for the Eastern Zone of Afghanistan will soon be built in Nangarhar province. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Nangarhar Governor Hayatullah Hayat laid the foundation stone for the facility on Sunday. The complex will

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Afghan Traders Warned Against Trading in Pakistani Rupees

The Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has warned Afghan traders who use Pakistani Rupees to refrain from doing so as Pakistan is added to the grey list of countries for money laundering and terror financing. The global anti-money

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Afghani Continues to Dip Against US Dollar

The Afghani currency continues to depreciate against the US dollar causing prices of essential items to soar in Kabul markets. The US dollar currently stands at 73.30 in Sarai Shahzada, Afghanistan’s largest financial market. Kabul residents have voiced their concerns

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Media’s Role in Promoting Agricultural Development in Afghanistan

In a media meeting in  Mazar-e Sharif, four expert panellists and more than 50 journalists discussed how the media could play a role in promoting agricultural development in Afghanistan. The Afghan-German Cooperation hosted this event, implemented by Mediothek Afghanistan. Balkh’s

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Afghan Women Advocate for Change through U.S.-Supported Promote Program

US Ambassaddor John R. Bass and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah today acknowledged the achievements of more than 1,500 women activists and 190 civil society organizations working to empower women across Afghanistan, honoring two years of accomplishments by beneficiaries of the USAID-funded

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