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17 key projects to be executed in Afghanistan

Pakistan, Tajikistan and Iran signed contracts for 17 mega development projects in Afghanistan at the conclusion of the 5th Regional Economic Conference in Dushanbe on Tuesday. Agreements on the infrastructure development projects, including railway lines and the Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas

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Pakistan to restart work on incomplete projects

Pakistan has promised resumption of work on several incomplete projects in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Finance said on Monday. A statement from the ministry said President Hamid Karzai discussed the issue with his Pakistani counterpart, Asif Ali Zardari, on the

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Bad roads hit Kunduz farmers’ income

Badly bombed-out roads have become a bane to local farmers in Gul Tepa, who gripe over loss of income due to difficulties in transporting fragile agri crops to nearby markets. Gul Tepa, capital of the northern Kunduz, once a Taliban

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Fifth Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan International Exhibition

The third exhibition of Afghanistan’s economic development launched today in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and the exhibition will continue until the 28th of March. Mr. Atiquallh Nusrat, Chief Operation Officer at Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), said in a news

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Etisalat Introduces 3G Service in Afghanistan

Etisalat has launched the first 3G services in Afghanistan, marking another achievement in the fast-growing telecom industry in the country. Imran Afzal Janjua, head of Corporate Communication at Etisalat Afghanistan said on Monday that the 3G services enable GSM users

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Afghan, Iran, Tajik Leaders Sign Economic Cooperation Agreement

A quadrliateral meeting was held on Sunday in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, where leaders of Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan signed an agreement to promote and reinforce trade and economic cooperation in the region. President Karzai and President Ahmadinijad of Iran called for unity and solidarity

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Govt Distributes 65,000kg In Saffron Plants

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock will distribute 65,000 kilograms of saffron to Afghan farmers, the head of the Saffron Department, Mohammad Mohmand, told TOLOnews. The Ministry plans to buy saffron plants from farmers with surplus saffron on

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Power pylons being installed in eastern provinces

There is no security risk involved in extending power pylons from Naghlo dam to eastern Laghman and Nangarhar provinces and the transmission process will be completed in the next two months, an official said on Sunday. In an exclusive interview

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Finance Ministry Adds US$4m To National Budget

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance has redrafted the federal budget for the new year 1391 with an increase of 200 million Afghani (US$4.15 million) after the previous draft was rejected by Parliament two weeks ago. Ministry of Finance spokesman Aziz Shams

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Karzai off to Dushanbe for RECCA summit

President Hamid Karzai on Saturday left Kabul for Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan, to attend the 5th summit of the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA). RECCA is a forum dedicated to advance Afghan stabilization and South and Central Asian

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1391 Budget Plan Should be More in Favor of Higher Education, urges Afghan Parliament

Many Parliamentary members recommended reducing the budget allocated for the president office but rather increasing the budget allocated for higher education. Today’s plenary meeting discussed the draft of law on structure and authorization of judicial organ and the 1391 budget

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Rightsize military, World Bank asks Kabul

The World Bank (WB) has urged Afghanistan, which is preparing for a sustainable economy after 2014 when foreign troops are expected to withdraw, to prioritise national programmes and rightsize its military. The bank also urged foreign donors not only to

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Afghanistan to meet 40pc of fish demand

Fish-starved Afghanistan, confident of meeting 40 percent of its demand, is trying to be self-sufficient in the next decade, eventually slashing imports. The Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) has rolled out a one-year plan to establish fish farms

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Economic Conference on Afghanistan to Boost Private Sector

More than 100 Afghan traders are expected to attend the 5th Regional Economic Co-operation Conference on Afghanistan, a potentially big boost to the country’s private sector, the Afghan Chamber of Commerce said Thursday. Khan Jan Alkozai, the deputy head of

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Afghanistan acts to curb flight of capital

Afghanistan has taken new steps to combat rampant capital flight after the central bank found that the amount of dollars flown out of Kabul doubled to $4.6bn last year. Afghan officials believe many of the brick-sized stacks of $100 bills

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A Step Towards Increasing Afghan Woman Participation in the Labor Market

The Ministry of Finance is partnering with The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to implement and expand the Women in Government Internship Program. The program provides more opportunities to women to gain experience working with Afghan Government Organizations

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Afghan Jewelers Complain about High Taxes

Huge taxes and lack of market for locally made jewellery have left the industry struggling in the capital, Kabul-based traders complain. But the Ministry of Finance says jewellers are taxed in line with the relevant law. A decade ago, most

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Afghanistan corruption 'could see UK cut off security funds'

Britain could withdraw funding for Afghanistan’s security forces if the Afghan government fails to tackle the country’s huge corruption problems, the outgoing British ambassador to Kabul has warned in a valedictory interview with the Guardian. When foreign combat troops leave

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Afghanistan corruption ‘could see UK cut off security funds’

Britain could withdraw funding for Afghanistan’s security forces if the Afghan government fails to tackle the country’s huge corruption problems, the outgoing British ambassador to Kabul has warned in a valedictory interview with the Guardian. When foreign combat troops leave

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Foreign troop withdrawal, fear about impact of Afghan economy

President Obama’s announcement of troop withdrawal in 2014 has given rise to grave concerns about the future of the Afghan economy. Afghan and American officials fear that the pull back of American and other foreign forces will send the already

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Alternative to Poppy Cultivation—Afghan Farmers’ Viewpoint

Agricultural specialists, farmers, representatives from development councils and the Department of Agriculture conducted a meeting yesterday to investigate the challenges and options for alternative crops to poppy growth. Farmers complained about the poor quality of seeds and fertilizers, lack of

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Joint Chamber Established between Afghanistan and Pakistan

The Pak-Afghan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI) has opened in Karachi on the 13 March in a move to resolve transit issues between the countries and attract investors. This step has been agreed in the Afghanistan Pakistan Transit

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Unemployment Increasing among Educated Youths of Bamiyan Province

A high number of educated young people in Bamiyan are unemployed. They have complained that in spite of investing enormous amounts of money in continuing their education and obtaining qualifications, they are still jobless due to lack of job opportunities

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Etisalat Granted Afghanistan’s First 3G Licence

Private telecom company Etisalat Afghanistan will launch Afghanistan’s first 3G network after signing an agreement with the Afghan government on Monday. Afghanistan’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Amirzai Sangin, said Etisalat was the first company to receive a 3G

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Etisalat Granted Afghanistan's First 3G Licence

Private telecom company Etisalat Afghanistan will launch Afghanistan’s first 3G network after signing an agreement with the Afghan government on Monday. Afghanistan’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Amirzai Sangin, said Etisalat was the first company to receive a 3G

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