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Karzai Heads to Japan for Tokyo Conference

President Hamid Karzai flew to Tokyo, Japan on Saturday to attend the Tokyo Conference where donors will pledge an annual aid of around USD 4 billion to Afghanistan. The one-day conference will focus on reviewing Afghanistan’s achievements so far since

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Oxfam calling on Tokyo Conference Participants to Sustain Aid to Afghanistan

Ahead of a vital donor conference in Tokyo this week, Oxfam is calling on governments represented at the summit to maintain levels of aid to the country and ensure this aid reaches the Afghan men, women and children who need

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S.M. Krishna to Participate in Tokyo Conference

India’s foreign minister S.M. Krishna is expected to emphasize India’s long-term commitments to the Afghan Government and its people in their efforts to build a peaceful, pluralistic, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan. India and Afghanistan has a historic long partnership and

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Financial Transactions to be done in local currency- Afghanistan Central Bank

As part of the measures taken to stabilize afghani currency, the Central Bank of Afghanistan announced that all financial transaction would be done in the local currency. Private-sector financial institutions urged private-sector financial institutions to refrain from investment outside of

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8 Firms Shortlisted for Afghan-Tajik Basin Project

Eight have been shortlisted by a commission from 20 international companies that tendered for the Afghan-Tajik basin. The companies will invest in six block out of the 12 blocks in the development and production of oil and gas in the

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Baghlan’s Kilagai Dam soon to be made: Minister of Water and Energy

Minister of Energy and Water Mohammad Ismail Khan in his periodic trip to seven Northern provinces traveled to Baghlan province and met with officials from the province. Ismail Khan said in a conference, “the construction of Kilagi Dam is one

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Aid to Afghanistan must also help Afghan Women

Amnesty International called for the international community that is pledging aid funds to Afghanistan at the Tokyo conference next Sunday to must  help those uprooted due to insecurity in the urban regions. UNHCR estimates that the number of people displaced

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Kabul Bank Resolution Needed to Keep People’s Trust in the Bank Alive

The Afghan Coalition for Transparency and Accountability (ACTA) said that the Kabul Bank case should be handled seriously and recommended that the case should be handed over to a global entity to study and assess for an independent review of

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Germany to reconstruct Pul-e-Khumri dam

Germany has pledged to rebuild the 40 year old power dam in Pul-e-Khumri, the capital of northern Baghlan province, in the near future. Minister of Energy and Water Mohammad Ismail Khan said that the work on the dam would start

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Afghanistan’s National Construction Codes

Afghanistan’s building codes were finalized and approved by the Norms and Standards Department of Afghanistan on Sunday with technical assistance from Turkish engineers. The building codes are a set of norms for construction which will be applicable in architecture plans,

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Afghanistan’s New Policy for National Trade to be initiated

Ministry of Commerce and Industries has initiated a new policy in order to meet the challenges in the old national trade policy. A one-day workshop on the development of national trade policy was held today in Kabul. The workshop, attended

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Iran and Pakistan are trying to prevent mining in Afghanistan

A number of Afghan experts say that Pakistan is trying to spread insecurity in the mining sites of Afghanistan by creating problems in the bordering areas. General Aminullah Amar Khail, former Afghan border Commander and one of the experts says:

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US Firm interested to have a share in the oil extraction of Amu River basin

Exxon Mobil, an American multinational oil and gas corporation, has presented his offer for participating in the bidding for oil extraction in Amu River, after the award has already been granted to a Chinese company. Exxon Mobil is considered one

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Demands for strengthening of insurance field in Afghanistan

Currently, a limited number of insurance companies are active in Afghanistan. Since these companies have failed to win people’s trust, they have failed to insure bigger businesses. A number of traders from the private sector and common people say that

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Pakistan decides to reopen NATO supply route to Afghanistan

Pakistan will reopen crucial supply routes to Nato-led forces in Afghanistan, after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apologized for the losses of the 24 Paki soldiers in November. The dispute began in November when US launched air strikes and

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28 Km Road Inaugurated in Laghman

The United States Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) funded the construction of a new 28km road in the Qarghayee district of Laghman province. The inaugural ceremony was launched on Wednesday. The road links the Daronta dam in Jalalabad with Charbagh and

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Pests attack Kabul Orchards

Thousands of fruit trees in different areas of Khak-e-Jabar district of Kabul province has been afflicted with agricultural pests. Residents fear that the disease may spread around and damage more orchards. The residents rely on agriculture and livestock in the

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Government's unfair decision about old model cars entering Afghanistan

Although Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance emphasizes not to process older model cars through the customs, but some Afghan traders warn that if their vehicles entered without the custom process, they will set the cars ablaze. Recently, the Council of Ministers

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Government’s unfair decision about old model cars entering Afghanistan

Although Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance emphasizes not to process older model cars through the customs, but some Afghan traders warn that if their vehicles entered without the custom process, they will set the cars ablaze. Recently, the Council of Ministers

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800,000 unemployed in Afghanistan

Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs are concerned about the current unemployment in Afghanistan and they are apprehensive that the situation may get worse. Deputy Minister of Labor Zubairudin Kirami at opening ceremony of technical and vocational training seminar in

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Afghanistan’s Dairy Production Declining

Despite its history of livestock, Afghanistan’s dairy production is reducing day by day. Lack of necessary possibilities and attention from the agriculture sector authorities are the main reasons for the cutback in dairy production, according to the dairy producers and

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Petroleum Products Testing Labs in Afghanistan

A United Arab Emirates firm called Geo Chem Middle East signed a contract with the Afghan National Standards Authority (ANSA) on the establishment of petroleum products testing laboratories. As per the contract, the UAE firm would invest USD 10 million

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Armed Groups Disrupting Aynak Copper Work

Minister Wahidullah Shahrani informed a National Security Council meeting at the Presidential Palace on Sunday about the security issue at the Aynak Copper mine in central Logar province. At the meeting, chaired by President Karzai, Minister Shahrani informed  about a

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Financial assistance to Afghanistan in Tokyo Conference will be under conditions

Vygaudas Usackas, EU ambassador to Kabul, said that the world community’s financial support to Afghanistan will be based on a series of conditions in Tokyo Conference. Tokyo Conference will be a time for accountability between Afghanistan and the international community.

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Afghanistan and EU Agreed on their Negotiations

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Union said that the second round of negotiations on preparing the document for Strategic Partnership between the two sides was successful. It is not yet clear when the final document will be signed.

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