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Returnees receive assistance in Nangarhar

The refugees department in the eastern province of Nangarhar on Friday disturbed relief items to returnees in Kunar and Laghman provinces, an official said. The assistance including tents and other materials was distributed to families in the Kama district of

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Uzbekistan not paying commission

Trade revenues from Hairatan port have increased by 22% from last year’s revenues. According to Mr. Rahim Sadiqi, the director of Hairatan’s Land Transport, the revenues have reached 126 million Afs this year compared to 103 million Afs in 1389.

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Gold, gas, petrol prices down in Kabul

Prices of gold, gas and petrol declined during the outgoing week in Kabul, where rates of other essential commodities remained stable, retailers said on Thursday. Abdul Baseer, a jeweler in the Lecce-i-Maryam neighbourhood, told Pajhwok Afghan News the price of

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Economic Development Requires Better Security: MoFA

The Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul said economic development requires improvement in security situation in Afghanistan. Addressing a press conference after a regional economic conference in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, on Tuesday, Rassoul said economic projects discussed in the conference

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Kabul Residents to pay power bills through cell phones

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) on Wednesday signed a contract with the Etisalat Telecommunication Company to enable Kabul residents to pay electricity bills through mobile telephones. Under the accord, the Etisalat Company would distribute 300,000 SIM cards to power consumers

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WFP receives 41 trucks from Russia as a donation to deliver food to the hungry in Afghanistan

The Government Russia Federation donated 41 trucks to the World Food Program to support food delivery operation in Afghanistan. The donation is valued at USD 2.7 million and comprises of 40 Kamaz brand cargo trucks and one mobile workshop. The

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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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