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Turkmenistan begins preparation for building Afghan section of TAPI

Turkmenistan has completed evaluation of the much-awaited Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline and is preparing for building the Afghan section of the pipeline, announced chairman of the project, Muhummet Murat Amanov, on Thursday at the “TAPI and Its Impacts on the

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Regional countries pledge to enhance ties

Leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan attended the tripartite meeting in Dushanbe and pledged to enhance ties. The three leaders appreciated the shared historic, religious and cultural values and bonds between the peoples of the three countries, emphasized the importance

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Bank of America and IEEW team up to support women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan & Rwanda

The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW) and Bank of America have renewed their partnership on the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program to support women entrepreneurs in Rwanda and Afghanistan. More than 600 women entrepreneurs from Rwanda and Afghanistan have

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1,200 chalk boards for 185 schools in Baghlan Province

The Afghan-German Cooperation handed over 1,200 new chalkboards to 185 schools in 15 districts of Baghlan province. More than 80,000 students will now benefit from classrooms equipped with proper boards. The German government funded the activity at a total cost

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7 agreements signed between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan

The governments of Afghanistan and Turkmenistan signed 7 agreements concerning bilateral cooperation in various fields at the end of a meeting on Monday between President Ashraf Ghani and his Turkmen counterpart. The agreements signed between the two countries include bilateral

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Australian firm to work on 2nd phase of Salang tunnel

The Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) announced on Monday that the contract for the second phase of Salang tunnel was awarded to an Australian company. Funded by the Asian Development Bank, the USD 30mn contract is to conduct technical and

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Main trade route between Afghanistan and Pakistan reopens

Trade activities will soon resume through the Ghulam Khan trade route between Afghanistan and Pakistan after its reopening on Monday. The trade route was closed during a military offensive in the tribal region of North Waziristan.  However, the Angor Ada

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President Ghani heads to Turkmenistan

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani left Kabul on Monday morning on a one-day official visit for Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan, where he will meet his Turkmen counterpart to confer on bilateral ties. According to a statement from the presidential palace, President

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Lapis Lazuli Corridor agreement to be inked in near future

Afghan Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi in his recent trip to Georgia discussed the Lapis Lazuli transit Corridor with officials from the four countries along the Corridor: Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. According to reports, an agreement is set to be

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Afghan businessmen complain of extortions on highways

A number of businessmen have complained that local officials and  powerful figures force them to pay up to 150,000 AFN for each truck on highways. According to the businessmen, the customs taxes are up to 10,000 AFN, but they end

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Afghanistan must increase economic growth to at least 4% due to population growth

The Central Statistics Organization (CSO) urged the government to enhance their efforts in boosting the economy to increase the annual economic growth due to the population growth. According to CSO, Afghanistan has a 3% annual economic growth while the population

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Parwan’s first phase of Green Industrial Park to be inaugurated soon

The first phase of the Green Industrial Park in northern Parwan province is 70% completed and will be inaugurated soon after distribution of land to industry owners. According to the Green Industrial Park’s officials, the development of the park is

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Afghan Finance Minister discusses economic ties with Georgia

Afghan Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi is visiting Georgia  on June 28-29 to confer on trade and economic ties  with the Georgian government and also meet with local business community. His first meeting is with his Georgian counterpart Dimitry Kumsishvili in

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Afghan government to distribute 500 tons of saffron bulbs to farmers

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) plans to distribute over 500 tons of saffron bulbs to farmers in 30 provinces this year, marking the launch of the national five-year plan for saffron development. The ministry will establish

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Defaced Afghan banknotes to be removed from market by August

Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), Afghanistan’s central bank, announced Tuesday that defaced and torn banknotes would be confiscated and would no longer be exchangeable after two months. The deadline for the exchange of old, torn banknotes  was initially on March 22,

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China reaffirms support for Afghanistan in enhancing regional economic integration

The Chinese government reaffirmed its commitment to support Afghanistan in its peace and reconciliation process and as well as economic reconstruction. Afghanistan President Mohammmad Ashraf Ghani and Chinese foreign Minister Wang Yi met on Saturday in Kabul to confer on

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Afghanistan’s second cargo flight to India takes off from Kandahar

Cargo plane filled with 40 tons of dried fruits and medical plants was sent from southern Kandahar province to India on Saturday. Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Kandahar Governor Zalmai Wesa said Afghanistan would transport grapes, pomegranates and other fresh fruits

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Afghanistan is out of international banking gray list

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has finally removed Afghanistan from the international banking gray list after five years. Afghanistan’s central bank, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), has managed to fulfill all FATA conditions in order to be removed from the

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Pakistan turns to illegal trade routes to boost its declining trade

The Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) said on Wednesday that Pakistan has been trying to open illegal trade routes with Afghanistan in an attempt to retain trade volume on the local market. Pakistan has allegedly attempted to open

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Watermelon production up by 5% in Farah province

Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) has reported that watermelon production has increased by 5% this year. According to the officials, watermelon crops could reach a total of 578,000 tons this year which would generate an estimated four

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Afghan ministries sign ‘Transparency’ agreement with COST

The Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) of Afghanistan signed an agreement with the Ministries of Rural Rehabilitation and Development and Ministry of Public Works. The agreement requires that the ministries have to share all information regarding building projects with the

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Recommendations presented to President Ghani for development of Kabul city

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani held a meeting in the presidential palace to discuss the plan for development of Kabul city. Head of the independent directorate of capital zone development, Elham Hotaki, presented 15 recommendations for the development and economic growth

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First Afghan-India air corridor flight to operate over the next 2 days

India’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that the first flight of the Afghanistan-India air corridor is likely to operate in the weekend or early next week. “The flight will take Indian products to Afghanistan and will bring Afghan products

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Kabul to have its first metro bus system

Kabul municipality unveiled the city’s first metro bus system– the first major urban public transportation scheme in the country– on Thursday. The first phase of the project, running from Sarai Shamali to Baraki Square, will be operational in 2018. According

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Afghanistan receives $500mn finance package from World Bank

The World Bank today announced a financing package for Afghanistan of more than $500 million to help the country through a difficult phase in its struggle to end poverty and to signal a long-term commitment to the country’s people. The

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