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Foreigners Spend Billions in Afghanistan Without Accountability: Arghandiwal

The Afghan government has to account for every cent it spends but foreigners in Afghanistan have spent billions without any transparency or accountability, the Afghan Minister of Economy said Wednesday. Abdul Haid Arghandiwal accused foreigners for abusing as much as

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Norway’s annual support to Afghanistan following Nato withdrawal

Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg pledged USD 125 million per annum towards Afghanistan’s reconstruction efforts and another USD 25 million towards security development of the nation following the Chicago summit. President Karzai and Stotenberg met each other on the sidelines

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Norway's annual support to Afghanistan following Nato withdrawal

Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg pledged USD 125 million per annum towards Afghanistan’s reconstruction efforts and another USD 25 million towards security development of the nation following the Chicago summit. President Karzai and Stotenberg met each other on the sidelines

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NATO and Kyrgzstan Land Transit Agreement

NATO and Kyrgyzstan have signed a land transit agreement through Kyrgyzstan for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan on Tuesday at the NATO summit in Chicago. “It is important for the further development of bilateral cooperation between Kyrgyzstan

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Afghan ministers summoned by the Senate

Finance, Commerce and Economics Ministers were summoned to the National Assembly on 22 May 2012  to address the issue of the lagging economy of Afghanistan. Afghan Senators expressed their concern regarding economic situation of Afghanistan. “Afghanistan has not reached the

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Kabul airport taxiway to be launched

Construction on the international standard taxiway at the Kabul airport was launched on May 22, 2012. The project, funded by Japan, is worth USD 27 million (1350 millions afs). The taxiway would be 44 meters wide and 5.4 kilometers long,

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Mining Profits Should be Invested in Development: IWA

Afghanistan’s extractive industries watchdog Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) on Monday recommended the government form a trust fund from the profits made in mining to invest in other development services in the country. In an exclusive interview with TOLOnews, IWA head

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Demand increases for local made Air Conditioner in Helmand Province

Esmatullah Erfan,  local labor in Helmand province, manufactured a air conditioner using primary level materials and has attracted many customers in Southern provinces. The air conditioner  is made with a few meters of Iron, special wood, a fan of a

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International Mobile Money Transfer Service in Afghanistan

 Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading total communications provider, and Western Union, a leader in global payment services, have today jointly launched the Western Union Mobile Money Transfer service in Afghanistan that enables Roshan’s M-Paisa customers to receive money from abroad. Roshan launched

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Afghanistan-Pakistan to extend transit trade agreement

Sunday, President Karzai and his Pakistan counterpart, Asif Ali Zardari, agreed to extend the two nations’ transit trade agreement to Central Asia, which can potentially boost up bilateral and regional trade. The decision was taken on the sidelines of the

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UNESCO calls for the preservation of the historic sites in Logar

UNESCO expressed its deep concern with regard to the destruction of historic sites in Afghanistan. UNISCO officials declared that the historic sites discovered in Mis Ainak of Logar have been destroyed and continue to be destroyed, as the extraction of

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IRU membership not benefiting Afghanistran’s trade

Despite being a member of the International Road and Transport Union (IRU) since the past 37 years, Afghanistan yet has to benefit from the organization due to the decades of conflict the country has been going through. In 2010, IRU

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IRU membership not benefiting Afghanistran's trade

Despite being a member of the International Road and Transport Union (IRU) since the past 37 years, Afghanistan yet has to benefit from the organization due to the decades of conflict the country has been going through. In 2010, IRU

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Chaos over the ownership of Lapis Minerals in Badakhshan finally ends

Two armed groups were fighting for three weeks in Keran Munjan district of Badakhshan over the control of Lapis-Lazuli in the district.  The war finally came to an end after the local security forces and members of Badakhshan High Peace

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People Ghoriyan district of Herat Province benefits from 14 welfare projects

Rural Rehabilitation Directorate of Ghoriyan district of Herat has announced the implementation of 14 welfare projects. These projects costing more than 27 million AFS are implemented through the National Solidarity Program budget with 10% contribution from the people of the

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US to convince NATO member countries to support Afghanistan after 2014

The US Government is trying to convince the NATO member countries to continue their aid to Afghanistan after 2014. President Obama’s team plans to complete this step prior to NATO summit in Chicago. “Nato is clearly committed to supporting Afghanistan

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New Agri Schemes to be implemented in Kabul

Mohammad Asif Rahimi, Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock announced in a press conference that several projects costing USD 14.2 million would be implemented to help improve the agricultural sector of Afghanistan. These projects include protection of forests, construction of

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German-Afghan Long-Term Cooperation

The German Government has announced an annual aid worth 150 million Euros to Afghanistan. According to the Government Media and Information Center, GMIC,  Hamid Karazai conveyed his appreciation for support of Germany during the meeting with German Foreign Minister, Guido

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Australian Government to help Afghanistan hundred million dollars after 2014

Julia Glared Prime Minister and Stephen Smith Defense Minister of Australia announced a support of 300 Australian Dollars in joint declaration. It is declared the aim of this support will be the developing and training of Afghan security force after

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The first pharmaceutical factory opens in Herat

Doctor Daud Shah Saba, governor of Herat, said on the day of inauguration that the pharmaceutical factory will prove to be highly beneficial for the production of quality medicines for the country and will result in the development of Herat.

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World Telecom Day Celebrated in Kabul

On May 16th, the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology celebrated the the World Telecom Day in Kabul. The telecommunications is one of the fastest growing sectors in the economy of Afghanistan, with 86% percent area coverage in the country.

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Iran-China rail track to cross Afghanistan

A 392 kilometer rail track is to be built that goes from China to Iran, crossing through Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban development, Engineer Ali Nikzad confirmed the project in the meeting with Tajik Minister

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Amu River, Afghan Tajik Oil is Sufficient, Mines Minister Says

Oil from Amu River and Afghan Tajik oil zones will not only be sufficient for Afghanistan, but also could export oil to other countries, Afghan Mines Minister Wahidullah Shahrani said today. The oil extraction bidding process will be started in

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Neighbours trying to impede mining projects: Shahrani

by Abdul Qadir Siddiqui Minister of Mines Wahidullah Shahrani on Tuesday alleged some neighbouring countries were threatening mega mine projects in order to impede Afghanistan’s economic revival. “History shows that the enemies of Afghanistan have always tried to block fruitful

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Senate approves multibillion dollars gas pipeline deal

by Abasin Zaheer  The Meshrano Jirga, or upper house of parliament, on Tuesday approved the agreement on a gas pipeline running from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan and India. The Senate okayed the accord on the multibillion-dollar project, also known

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