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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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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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Kabul’s metro bus service project to conclude in 1.5 years

The Kabul municipality announced Tuesday that the metro bus service project is expected to be concluded within the next one and a half years. Kabul Mayor Abdullah Habibzai said the first phase of the project will cover 8 kilomters route

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Herat farmers start ostrich farming industry

A family in Herat has started the first ostrich farming industry in the province with an initial investment of USD 50,000. According to the farmer Ahmad Shah Sharifi, their investment has already doubled and will soon start selling ostrich meat,

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Afghan Finance Minister attends inaugural ceremony for CAREC Institute

Afghan Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi attended the inaugural cermeony of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Institute in China, together with more than 100 participants frmo CAREC member countries and deveopment parnter organizations. The delegations will focus on extending

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Ghani attends OIC meeting on science and technology in Astana

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is attending the first Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan on science and technology. Held from September 7-11 the Summit will discuss scientific and technical issues and strategies in the next 10 years.

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Afghan government to build 22 water canals in next five years

The Afghan government plans to build 22 water canals within the next five years in five provinces in the north and northeastern parts of Afghanistan. Costing USD 76mn, the project will irrigate more than 70,000 hectares of land in Kunduz,

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5 new smelting factories to be built across Afghanistan

The Afghan private sector will invest USD 30mn in the establishment of five smelting factories across Afghanistan. The factories are going to be built in Kabul, Balkh and Nangarhar provinces, with the biggest one to be established in Kabul at

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Afghanistan one of the largest markets for Pakistan’s pork exporters

The Daily Times of Pakistan has revealed that Pakistan exported around USD 2.8mn worth of fresh, chilled or frozen swine meat to Afghanistan in the first three quarters of 2015-2016 fiscal year. About USD 447,000 worth of pork was exported

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Pakistan plans to sign water treaty with Afghanistan

The Pakistani government is exploring the possibility of entering into a water treaty with Afghanistan in a bid to safeguard Pakistan’s rights on trans-boundary water inflows. This comes as the Afghan government has stepped its efforts to boost the management

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Regional countries to meet in Iran to discuss railway plan

Representatives from regional countries are expected to meet within the next two months in Iran to discuss plans for a new railway line that runs through five countries: Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, China and Iran. According to the Afghanistan Railway Authority,

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Kandahar’s revenue expected to hit 800mn AFN this year

The municipality of southern Kandahar province expects to collect 800 million Afghanis in revenue by the end of the year (March 21, 2018). According to Kandahar’s mayor, Rokhan Wolasmal, the municipality has collected 350 million AFN in revenue since March

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Prices of animals soar ahead of Eid-ul-Adha

Residents in Kabul city have complained about the soaring prices of livestock and are finding it hard to purchase animals for sacrifice. Friday, September 1 is declared as the first day of Eid-ul-Adha. Muslims around the world sacrifice animals to

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Afghanistan launches first data warehouse for health sector

Using support from USAID, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) today launched the country’s Data Warehouse, a web-based system for storing and sharing public sector health data with stakeholders and policy-makers. The main objective of the Data Warehouse is to

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What opium poppy and tax reveal about the Afghan State

The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), in a European Union (EU)-funded study, has released a paper highlighting the challenges of assessing control and influence that both state and non-state actors have over the territory and population of Afghanistan. As

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Afghanistan imports 23.6mn kWh more electricity from Tajikistan

Afghanistan imported 205.2 million kWh of electricity from Tajikistan during the current month, indicating a 23.6 million kWh increase from July 2016. According to Tajikistan’s AKI press, Tajikistan exported about 870.8 million kWh of electricity to Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan. Sangtuda

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impACT Kabul Start-Up Conference: 250 Businessmen Learn from Successful Entrepreneurs

Organized by AGHAEZ, BookClub Afghanistan and Philia, the impACT Kabul start-up conference took place in Afghanistan’s capital. Successful Afghan entrepreneurs, including returnees from all over the world, presented their start-up businesses to roughly 250 participants and explained what it takes

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Iran drops custom duties by 80% at Chabahar port

The Iranian government drops custom duties at Chabahar port by up to 80% in an effort to attract more Afghan traders. Mohammad Reza Karimzada, the economic attaché at the Iranian Embassy in Kabul, said Iran is offering an 80% discount

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EU approves aid package to Afghanistan worth 100 million Euros

The European Union (EU) approved on Monday an aid package worth 100 million Euros (USD 118 million) under a State Building Contract (SBC) to support implementation of key reforms in Afghanistan. “The allocation approved today is a very tangible demonstration

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Five new infrastructure projects for Badakhshan

Badakshan’s provincial government officially launched the start of five construction projects located in Yaftal, Tagab, Argo, Darayum and the provincial capital Feyzabad on Sunday. The projects include the construction of a protection wall, a bridge and a boundary wall for

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Improving livelihoods for Afghan Women through agricultural credit

USAID’s Regional Agricultural Development Program-North (RADP-N), in partnership with Agricultural Credit Enhancement Phase-II project (ACE-II), hosted the Women’s Agricultural Credit Shura in Mazar-e-Sharif on Wednesday to increase knowledge of the opportunities for women to secure agricultural credit. This event focused

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Consultation held in Herat to discuss trade challenges & opportunities

Afghan industry leaders, small business owners and representatives from the public sector met in Herat on August 13 to explore trade-related provincial challenges and solutions that can feed into the ongoing design of the country’s National Export Strategy (NES). The

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Improved irrigation canal to benefit over 7,500 people in Taloqan

Afghan authorities and the Afghan-German Cooperation signed a contract for the reparation and rehabilitation of the Gurg irrigation canal in Taloqan, Takhar’s provincial capital on Monday. The eight kilometres long canal will increase the water supply for the Bangi district.

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