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NPC approves Fiber Optic investment project worth $383mn

The Afghan government approved a Fiber Optics related project worth USD 383mn at the latest meeting of the National Procurement Commission (NPC) chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani. According to a statement from the presidential palace, four companies have been

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Afghanistan health outcomes show improvement since 2003: World Bank Report

A new World Bank report finds that Afghanistan has shown improved health outcomes since 2003, with health services that have remained resilient even in highly insecure provinces. The report entitled Progress in the Face of Insecurity: Improving Health Outcomes in

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Afghanistan, Switzerland sign accord to boost development cooperation

Afghanistan and Switzerland signed an agreement to enhance the legal basis for cooperation between the two countries. The bilateral development framework agreement on technical assistance, financial cooperation and humanitarian aid was signed between Swiss Ambassador Thomas Kolly and Afghanistan’s Minister

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Afghan gov’t approves Doshi-Bamiyan power transmission contract

The 220kV Doshi-Bamiyan power transmission contract was approved by the National Procurement Commission along with 11 other contracts worth 7.3bn Afghanis on Sunday. Contract for construction of the electricity distribution network in Bamiyan province was among the approved contracts. Other

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Pakistan loses 50% share in Afghan market

Pakistan’s market share in Afghanistan drops from USD 1.437bn in 2015-2016 to USD 1.24bn in 2016-2017, as Kabul prefers New Delhi ties over Islamabad. India continues to penetrate the Afghan market since the past two years by providing goods at

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Human Trafficking Law requires more attention: Afghan Think Tank

A recent study conducted by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) recommends that the trafficking law of 2017 should be reviewed to identify and remove all contradictory statements or redundancies with the penal code. “Once they are aligned, it

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Afghan women leaders discuss country’s progress in D.C.

A delegation of Afghan women officials led a discussion about the role of the new generation of Afghan women leaders in the country’s progress at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. They shared their  personal stories and their roles and

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Entrepreneur of the month: Benazir Yakta

Born in Daikundi province of Afghanistan, Benazir Yakta is an Afghan female entrepreneur whose passion for business started from a very young age. She started working for women when she was in 10th grade and her research and experience drove

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Afghanistan to export over 10 tons of goods to Almaty

Afghanistan is looking to increase air cargo exports to Almaty, Kazakhstastan, according to the Office of the Senior Advisor to the President in Banking and Finance. To boost economic and trade relations, Afghanistan will increase exports to Kazakhstan to over

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Afghan businesses showcase products at Gulfood Expo

Afghanistan’s finest fruits, nuts, and saffron went on display this week for buyers around the world at the world’s largest food and beverage exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. For the eighth consecutive year, the United States Agency for International

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Visa on arrival for foreign investors coming to Afghanistan

The Afghan government has officially launched issuing visa on arrival at the Hamid Karzai International Airport (Kabul Airport) to foreign investors in an effort to boost foreign investment in the country. Bret Dalton, an American businessman who is going to

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TAPI to be launched in Herat province on Friday

Leaders from Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India are going to attend the launch of the TAPI gas pipeline in western Herat province on Friday. The city has been preparing for the event and full security measures are put in place.

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Afghanistan’s unemployment rises from 25% to 27%

Unemployment in Afghanistan has gone up from 25% to 27%, according to the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled. Minister Faizullah Zaki said the National Unity Government (NUG) has failed to fulfill its promise of creating sufficient jobs.

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Balkh University launches new associate degree in Business Accounting

Balkh University in Afghanistan today unveiled the country’s first Associate Degree in Business Accounting – part of a program supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID launched the University Support and Workforce Development Program’s (USWDP) first

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3rd Afghanistan-Iran economic meeting to be held in March

The third economic meeting of Afghanistan and Iran’s Joint Economic Committee is going to be held in March 2018 in Tehran. The two parties are expected to confer on opportunities for joint investment in different sector to help boost trade

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First group of Afghan female coders develop game to combat opium

Afghanistan’s first group of female coders have developed a game called Fight Against Opium in an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of opium. The game is based on stories told by the brother of Khatera Mohammadi, one of

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Afghan Research & Evaluation Unit ranked 5th in Central Asia, 26th globally

The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) has maintained its position as the top think-tank in Afghanistan and risen to 5th place in a list ranking 65 think-tanks across Central Asia. AREU was also ranked 26th in a list of

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Exhibition for Afghan women products kicks off in Kabul

The Afghan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AWCCI) with support from USAID-Promote has organized a two-day exhibition showcasing industrial goods produced by Afghan women. The event kicked off on Thursday in Kabul and 30 businesswomen put their products on

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India to invest over 1.7mn for development of cricket infrastructure in Afghanistan

The Indian government has committed to supporting cricket in Afghanistan by investing USD 1.765mn for the development of cricket infrastructure in Balkh, Kandahar and Logar provinces of Afghanistan. A tri-lateral agreement was signed between the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), the

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Afghanistan, Indonesia to open air corridor

The Afghan and Indonesian government are planning to open an air corridor between the two countries. Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) on Monday said Afghanistan and Indonesia have formed committees to work on opening an air corridor. The

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Afghan-German Cooperation holds training for 15 provincial mines inspectors

The Afghan-German Cooperation’s program held a three-week mining training for 15 Afghan mines inspectors from different provinces as part of their work on promoting good governance in the Afghan extractive sector. ‘The training was essential for our task to conduct

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Private sector discusses reform strategies for Afghan mining sector

USAID on Wednesday hosted the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) and more than 80 private sector business leaders at the U.S. Embassy to discuss reform strategies and business openings for the Afghan mining sector. Afghan government officials, including Acting

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India, Afghanistan sign aid package worth $31mn

The Indian government has pledged to provide USD 31mn worth of aid package for the implementation of 108 new development projects in Afghanistan. An agreement to that effect was signed between the Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Manprett Vohra and different

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Gender mainstreaming important for improving public policy in Afghanistan

Austria author and CEO of the BTB-Global Peacebuilding, Mark O’Doherty, in his recent publication, “Healing Afghanistan–Improving Human Rights, Gender Mainstreaming and Political Stability in Afghanistan”, talks about improving public policy in Afghanistan. One of the main economic aspects of the

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Labor Migration Can Help Boost Afghanistan’s Growth

Afghanistan can boost its growth and create more jobs by establishing better migration policies to help its migrant workers seek opportunities abroad, says a new report released today by the Government of Afghanistan and the World Bank. The report Managed

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