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50mn Afghanis worth of garden projects implemented in Takhar

As many as 57 garden projects worth 50mn Afghanis have been implemented on rain-fed lands in northeastern Takhar province in the past two years through the National Horticulture and Livestock Project (NHLP). Each project included planting fruit trees and cultivating

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Pilot saffron cultivation program produces good results in Bamyan province

Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL)  received positive results from its pilot saffron cultivation program in central Bamyan province over the last two years. For the first year of the experiment saffron was cultivated on nine plots of

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30 new factories established in Nangarhar this year

Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province has witnessed 70% increase in industrial activity with the establishment of 30 new factories at Sheikh Misri Industrial Zone of the province in the past six months. The province’s business community along with Afghanistan Chamber of

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Phase 3 of Kamal Khan Dam inaugurated

 President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani inaugurated the third phase of the Kamal Khan Dam in Chaharbarak district of southwestern Nimroz province. The Kamal Khan Dam project has the capacity to irrigate more than 80,000 hectares of agricultural land and provide job

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Afghanistan appoints Minister of State to boost tourism

The Afghan government has appointed a Minister of State in an effort to boost tourism and increase national revenue. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani appointed Ghulam Nabi Farahi as Minister of State for Tourism through a presidential decree. According to presidential

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‘Hidden Flames’, written by Afghan female author, available in international market

The Hidden Flames, a fiction book written by a former child bride and a successful writer Zahra Yaganah, is now also accessible outside of Afghanistan Azmin.co and Amazon.com. The book is based on the real story of Yaganah’s life. Yaganah was

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World Bank’s MIGA insures 3 major companies in Afghanistan

The World Bank Group’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) has so far insured three major companies in Afghanistan in an bid to promote foreign direct investment in the country. Collectively worth USD 154mn, these companies are insured against losses incurred

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Implementation of provincial budget policy kicks off in 4 ministries

The implementation of provincial budget policy has kicked off in ministries of agriculture, irrigation, public health, education and rural rehabilitation and development. Addressing a conference on the provincial budgeting policy in Kabul on Tuesday, Finance Deputy Minister Shafiq Ahmad Qarizada

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Afghan traders block trade at Sher Khan Port

Afghan traders have blocked trade at the Sher Khan Port in northern Kunduz province in protest against problems caused by neighboring Tajikistan. The demonstrators are upset over absence of a Tajik consulate in the province and claim that Tajikistan denies

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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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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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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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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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