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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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Afghan firm cries foul over US contract

by Muhammad Hassan Khetab & Tanh  An Afghan construction company alleged that a US firm failed to comply with its contract over building project and have been sidelined without proper notice. The Nazir Marya Private Construction Company, responsible for the

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Ghori Cement Plant Faces Bankruptcy

largest cement company is facing bankruptcy at its second cement plant if it cannot secure sufficient bank financing, the company’s officials said Saturday. The wholly Afghan-owned Ghori Cement factory established its second plant last July in the main city of

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AFGHAN ADVOCATES FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT

Recommendations for the US and NATO Strategic Support in Afghanistan Beyond 2014 For consideration of all partnering nations at the Chicago Summit 2012 This Policy Recommendation (PR) is prepared by Afghan Advocates for Peace and Development (AAPD), an independent global

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British Accounting Company Blamed for Kabul Bank Scandal

The British-bsaed auditing firm, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), is being blamed for the massive fraud in which 900 million USD went missing from Kabul Bank. The firm is most likely to be sued for the Scanal. Minister of Finance Dr. Omar

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German-Sweden Funded Hospital Started in Mazar-i-Sharif

An internationally funded 360-bed hospital started operations in Mazar-i-Sharif city, the capital of northern Balkh province on Saturday, officials said. Jointly funded by Germany and Sweden, the construction of the hospital cost 14 million euros (904.9 million afs) and took

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Industries Ministry Awaits Allocation of $35m for Oil Imports

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance allocated US$35 million for the country to purchase oil this year, but the Ministry of Commerce and Industries officials say they still have not received it. Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal told TOLOnews that the money

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