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Afghan fruit exporters face problems in Pakistan

Afghan farmers are being forced into selling their fresh fruits on lower rates due to the non-implementation of Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA), a trader representative said on Wednesday. ATTPA which replaces a 1965 transit trade agreement between the two neighbouring

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Threefold cut in internet price in a year

Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) officials on Tuesday said there has been a three-fold decrease in the price of internet over the past one year, with the rate of one Megabyte (MB) reducing from $900 (44,883.0 afghanis) to

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US, Afghanistan Agree On Strategic Agreement With Possible $2 Billion Per Year Payout

AFGHANISTAN – Today, Afghanistan and the United States have finalized a strategic partnership agreement outlining their relationship following the 2014 withdrawal of Western combat troops in the country. A statement from Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s office says the deal was

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Work on key road launched in Badakhshan

Construction work on a 75-kilomentre road was launched in northeastern Badakhshan province on Sunday, officials said. The 5-metre wide road that connects Maimi and Shaghnan districts is being constructed at a cost of $15 million by the Ministry of Rural

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Parliament Approves Federal Budget

Afghanistan’s House of Representatives finally approved the budget for the current fiscal year on Saturday after having rejected it twice in the past month. This year’s budget for 1391 was approved after the Ministry of Finance made changes to the

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More Afghan Houses Brightened

Nearly 1,000 of families in the Paghman district of central Kabul province were extended electricity, officials said on Thursday. The power was distributed to families in Pracha village of Pashaee valley after the installation of three transformers, which had the

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Afghanistan’s Sectors Worth Investment

1. Agriculture and agriculture-related industries Agriculture is a fundamental means of livelihood in Afghanistan, generating 50% of the country’s GDP and supporting 85% of its people. The climate of Afghanistan is well suited for the cultivation of horticultural crops and

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Afghanistan’s Sectors Worth Investment

1. Agriculture and agriculture-related industries Agriculture is a fundamental means of livelihood in Afghanistan, generating 50% of the country’s GDP and supporting 85% of its people. The climate of Afghanistan is well suited for the cultivation of horticultural crops and

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Tweaking policies to push Afghan trade agenda

 To push Afghanistan’s economic agenda, several national-level trade bodies urge the government to introduce a series of policies — including levying taxes on imports to formation of an independent authority for industrial parks’ development. Besides, they also want to showcase

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Transit Fee for TAPI Gas Pipeline Agreed

Afghanistan, Pakistan and India have agreed on a transit fee for a multi-billion natural gas pipeline project, a Ministry of Mines official in Kabul said on Tuesday. The 1735-kilometre pipeline, known as Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) project, will run from Daulatabad through

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25 firms to compete for gold, copper extraction

Officials at the Ministry of Mines on Tuesday said 25 international companies would compete for the exploration and extraction of gold and copper from four reserves. Mohammad Jawad Omar, a spokesman for the ministry, said the companies had been short-listed

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IMF sees ‘optimism return’ as faster growth predicted

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that “some optimism has returned” to the global economy and has predicted slightly faster growth. The IMF revised world economic growth for 2012 to 3.5%, up from its previous forecast of 3.3%. It

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IMF sees 'optimism return' as faster growth predicted

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that “some optimism has returned” to the global economy and has predicted slightly faster growth. The IMF revised world economic growth for 2012 to 3.5%, up from its previous forecast of 3.3%. It

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Safi Airways sign codeshare agreement with Gulf Air

Gulf Air and Afghanistan’s international carrier Safi Airways has signed a codeshare agreement Kabul-Bahrain route as of April 23, Gulf Air officials announced. Under the agreement, both airlines will jointly market and promote six flights per week with each airline

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Cheaper internet services in Afghanistan soon

The Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology said they plan to procure broadband internet services at a lower price from foreign telecommunication providers this week — which would slash domestic internet rates. The government launched the mega nationwide fibre-optic network

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No budget for Khost water department in a decade

No development budget has so far been allocated for the Khost Department of Water Management by the Ministry of Water and Energy over the past 10 years. Director of Water Management Eng. Mohammad Naseem According to Director of Water Management

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Colombia's Jose Antonio Ocampo exits World Bank race

Colombia’s Jose Antonio Ocampo has pulled out of the race to be the next president of the World Bank. “It is clear that this is not based on the merits of the candidates but is a political exercise,” he said.

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Colombia’s Jose Antonio Ocampo exits World Bank race

Colombia’s Jose Antonio Ocampo has pulled out of the race to be the next president of the World Bank. “It is clear that this is not based on the merits of the candidates but is a political exercise,” he said.

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Dialing down corruption in Afghanistan

Foreign Policy By Anjana Ravi and Eric Tyler  Last week, Afghan president Hamid Karzai surprised U.S. and coalition officials by announcing the creation of a special tribunal and prosecutor to seek redress for the almost two year old Kabul Bank

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Fixing Development Aid in Afghanistan

Written by: Abid Amiri Washington, DC – Tuesday, April 10, 2012   Recently in Washington there is a lot of talk about what’s gone wrong in Afghanistan. It is now considered the longest war in U.S. history. American public is

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Kabul Bank to be privatised in June: Delawari

The country’s largest private sector that the government took over after it came to the verge of collapse two years back as a result of issuing unauthorised loans to its owners will be privistised in the near future. The central

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Fuel-Efficient Stoves Save Forest

Through USAID-funded Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resources Management Project, 13 local stove makers in Badakhshan and Bamiyan provinces were equipped and trained to manufacture fuel-efficient stoves. Fuel wood is central to daily life in Afghanistan because it is used to

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Boycott against Pakistan's Currency in Paktika

Businessmen and shopkeepers in southeastern Paktika province on Tuesday promised a boycott of the Pakistani currency that was causing them losses. According to the shopkeepers’ association head Gulzada, the Pakistani rupee and the US dollar were the key reason behind

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Boycott against Pakistan’s Currency in Paktika

Businessmen and shopkeepers in southeastern Paktika province on Tuesday promised a boycott of the Pakistani currency that was causing them losses. According to the shopkeepers’ association head Gulzada, the Pakistani rupee and the US dollar were the key reason behind

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The First Afghan Female Entrepreneur

In an Afghan capital scarred by years of war, a young Afghan woman has bet $1 million that her countrymen could use a little fun. Meena Rahmani, who has spent most of her life in Pakistan and Canada, returned to

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