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Afghanistan Business Summit launches to present a stronger, ethical face of private sector

A mega gathering of Afghanistan’s elite private sector firms, namely Afghanistan Business Summit,  was launched on August 1 to showcase success stories of the business sector, share future investment opportunities, and encourage collaboration of the private sector with the government

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Afghan-India air cargo a “failed process”

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) called the Afghan-India air cargo a “failed process” as at least 120 tons of fruit are waiting for loading for the past 15 days. ACCI deputy chief Khan Jan Alokozay said the

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Afghan government hopes to exceed national revenue target

The Afghan Ministry of Finance hopes to collect more than the set target of 152 billion Afghanis in national revenue. Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi said the ministry has collected over 94 billion Afghanis in the past eight  months and has

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Afghan apprentices to receive technical and vocational education countrywide

Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Prof. Rahil Muhammad Formuly, together with Senior Advisor to the President, Dr. Mohammad Qayoumi, officially announced the expansion of reformed technical and vocational education for Afghan apprentices on Wednesday.

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Private, public sector meet to review progress in reconnecting Afghanistan to regional markets

Afghan government officials and private sector met in Kabul this week with representatives from the European Union and the International Trade Centre to take stock of progress on efforts to build Afghanistan’s capacities to participate in regional trade. The 31

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Water Reforms and Agriculture Productivity Activities in Disarray in Afghanistan

The result of a recent study, conducted by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) on Water Reforms and Agricultural Productivity in Afghanistan, reveals widespread disarray in the work of relevant ministries. According to the study, all aspects of the

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DABS warns gov’t officials to clear power bills

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), Afghanistan’s national power company, have warned government officials to clear their electricity bills amounting to seven billion Afghanistan within the next 10 days or their names would be made public. “The list has been shared

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Civil service job fair held for Afghan Women

The United States Agency for International Development Mission in Afghanistan (USAID) and the Government of Afghanistan are working together to help with the issue unemployment for Afghan women, which continues to be a challenge. USAID’s Promote: Women in Government project

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Pakistan offers scholarships for Afghan students

Pakistan’s government has offered scholarships for Afghan students in various fields including medicine, engineering, law, economics, pharmacy and computer science. The scholarships cover tuition fee, health expenditures, hostel fee and food charges. A four-day process of examination has started in

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USAID signs MoU with Ministry of Justice to improve access to services for Afghan people

In Afghanistan, traditional dispute resolution (TDR) mechanisms remain popular among citizens due to their low cost, accessibility, and community trust in finding quick solutions to legal disputes. However, these traditional mechanisms are often at odds with the Afghan Constitution and

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Women’s Contributions to Agriculture Economy in Afghanistan Need Recognition

Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) is pleased to release the findings of an in-depth study on women in agriculture in Afghanistan. The study looks at some of the issues that hamper or boost the recognition and enhancement of women’s

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Preliminary Findings of a Nomad-Farmer Conflict Study Released in a Report

In November 2017, the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) launched a three-pronged research initiative with financial support of the European Union (EU). The research focuses on Natural Resource Management (NRM), Food Zone Policy, Underground Water and the shifting interests

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Swedish Committee for Afghanistan closes health services in Laghman due to threats

Upon repeated threats from Armed Opposition Groups, the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) has been forced to close 20 clinics and its Health Management Office in Laghman province until further notice. “I am deeply concerned about the impact this may

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Afghan research think-tank partners with UK academia for War on Drugs research project

Leading experts from the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), a top Afghan research think-tank and the UK academia are joining forces to tackle one of the most serious global challenges (Drug Wars and Wars on Drugs) in a new

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ABADE program completes 5 years of success promoting Afghan entrepreneurship

In October of 2012, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Afghanistan launched an economic growth program to work with the private sector to strengthen productivity and help enterprises sustain growth and create jobs. Over the past five

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Studies Identify Significant Problems in the Mining, Good Governance and Migration Sectors in Afghanistan

By Ahmad Masoud “During the last two years, Governance Forum Afghanistan as a think-and-do-tank, informed the government and the international community on urgent topics for Afghanistan, such as the role of the civil society, civil service reform or provincial planning

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Embezzlement remains an issue in Afghan mining industry

Afghanistan’s Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi has called on relevant government organizations to address the issue of embezzlement in the mining sector as incomes are reducing. He alleged that mining industry’s incomes are being embezzled by powerful individuals and urged the

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Kam Air’s new Airbus A340 purchase will help conduct direct flights to US

Afghan private aviation company, Kam Air, has purchased an Airbus 340 airliner to widen their services and boost the aviation industry. Assembled in France, the airbus has the capacity to seat up to 375 passengers in the standard variants and

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Does Afghanistan really want entrepreneurs?

by Akbar Borran Afghanistan has targeted a transformation period between 2015 to 2024 to achieve self-sufficiency. The economy is heavily dependent on development aid and economy of war. This is not sustainable and can shrink or collapse at any time.

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Afghanistan harvests over 59,000 tons of cotton annually

The Afghan government has approached industrialists to present their plans and recommendations for way to revive the textile industry in Afghanistan. Afghanistan produces over 59,000 tons of cotton annually, but there are no cotton processing factories in the country. In

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Shops in downtown Kabul re-open two months after the deadly blast

Shops in Zanbaq Square, in the downtown Kabul, have re-opened two months after the deadly blast which left over 150 people dead and hundreds injured. According to the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), the government plans to provide

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Afghan fruit traders protest against lack of access to international markets

A number of fruit traders in capital city of Kabul started a protest, complaining about lack of access to international markets. This comes as most of the fresh fruits this year went rotten at warehouses or fields due to lack

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Urban governance problems in Afghanistan call for immediate action

Rapid urbanization in Afghanistan has created grave challenges for Afghans, such as lack of access to safe drinking water, waste management resources and social services like healthcare, education and community spaces. In order to create a better understanding of recent

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Afghanistan to present its plans of achieving SDGs in the upcoming UN conference

Afghan Economy Minister Abdul Sattar Murad will be representing Afghanistan in the upcoming UN conference where he will be presenting Afghanistan’s achievements and plans regarding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2015, Afghanistan was committed to implementing and achieving 17

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Afghanistan pledges commitment to WCO Arusha Convention

Afghan Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi signed the commitment letter for the Arusha Convention of World Customs Organization (WCO) on Sunday in the presence of  Kunio Mikuriya-Seretary General of the and  Kazunari IGARASHI- Head of WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Office for Capacity

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