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Afghanistan Mining Potential, Challenges and The Way Forward

By: Mohammad Ismail Amin Afghanistan strategic location is not only of an immense importance but also the tremendous natural resources the country possesses. According to AISA research, there are various types of valuable minerals in Afghanistan that are yet to

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To Eradicate Poverty in Afghanistan Women’s Empowerment is Essential

By Kathleen Campbell, Vice President for Programs at Women for Women International In 2003, I moved to Kabul with my husband and our first child to work with a research institute. Our daughter was six-months old. Like many first-time mothers

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$60mn grant from ADB provides electricity to eastern Afghanistan

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided USD 60mn to support power transmission expansion in eastern Afghanistan. An agreement to that effect was signed by ADB’s Deputy Country Director for Afghanistan Shanny Campbell, and Afghanistan Minister of Finance and ADB

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“India is Afghanistan’s most reliable regional partner”–Pentagon

The Pentagon regarded India as Afghanistan’s “most reliable regional partner” in its report to the US Congress titled ‘Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan’. India is Afghanistan’s most reliable regional partner and the largest contributor of development assistance in the

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IMF praises Afghanistan’s pursuit of self-reliance

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has completed the second review of Afghan government’s measures in structural reforms and praised the country for its commitments and performance. Finance Ministry’s spokesperson Ajmal Hammed Abdul Rahimzai said the IMF had appreciated “the commitments

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Turkmenistan cuts electricity price for Afghanistan

Turkmenistan will reduce the price of electricity imported to Afghanistan, according to statement from CEO Abdullah Abdullah’s office. The announcement was made during the meeting between visiting Turkmenistan Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Rasit Meredow with CEO Abdullah Abdullah.

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Results of Afghanistan’s 2-year food fortification project released

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in Afghanistan released the implementation results of a two-year food fortification project in Afghanistan on Sunday. The document,

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Afghanistan mining revenue reaches 6bn AFN

The Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) has recorded over 6 billion Afghanis in revenue this year, showing a considerable increase over 2016. According to MoMP spokesperson Abdul Qadir Motafi, in 2016 the total revenue had reached 4.7 billion

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Saffron festival opens in Kabul

The first Saffron Festival kicked off in Kabul on Monday in a bid to promote saffron cultivation in the country. The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) aims to cultivate saffron in 3000 acres of land in 31

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Visa-on-arrival for foreign investors coming to Kabul

The Afghan government has decided to issue visa-on-arrival for foreign investors and business people at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in capital Kabul through representatives of the country’s Border Police of Ministry of Interior. The investors are required to provide

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First phase of Chabahar port connecting Afghanistan, Iran and India inaugurated

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated the first phase of the Chabahar port on the Gulf of Oman on Sunday. Situated on the Gulf of Oman in the Sistan-Balochistan province of Iran, the port will open a new trading routes connecting

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USAID raises women’s awareness about agricultural credit in Herat

One of the most difficult challenges for female farmers and women operating agriculture-related businesses in Afghanistan is access to credit. In addition, many women often do not understand how credit can help support the growth and expansion of their businesses.

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World Bank’s IFC to acquire equity stake in Afghanistan International Bank

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank, is looking to invest in the Afghanistan International Bank (AIB) with an aim to help the Afghan bank boost its commercial lending and financial inclusion. Afghanistan’s per capita income

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Afghanistan eyes greater participation in regional trade

Afghan government officials and business leaders have advanced two plans that, once finalized, should help the country increase trade – a time-proven method, when applied effectively, for creating jobs and reducing poverty. The country’s proposed National Export Strategy surmounted two

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India provides $2.87mn to support Kabul’s transport system

India provides USD 2.87mn to Afghanistan for repairing of 350 buses that will help in strengthening the public transport system of Kabul. An MoU to that effect was signed between Afghan Transport Minister Hameed Tahmasi and Indian ambassador to Afghanistan,

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Herat University introduces 3 new market-oriented degrees

Students at Herat University have three new degree options to choose from including a Master’s program in Business Administration, an Associate program in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Technology. These degree programs were launched by USAID’s University

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Germany provides AFN 6.4bn in funds to Afghanistan

The Afghan government and the German KfW Development Bank signed a financial agreement on Thursday. As per the agreement Germany provides AFN 6.44 billion funds to the Afghan state. The budget will be allocated to the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund

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Afghanistan’s economy to grow from 2.2% to 2.6% in 2017

Afghanistan’s economic growth is projected to increase slightly to 2.6 percent in 2017 from 2.2 percent in 2016 as the country’s deteriorating security weighs on the economy, according to the latest Afghanistan Development Update series released today by the World

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50 female university graduates complete internship programs in Kunduz

The Afghan-German Cooperation program for the promotion of good governance in Afghanistan (RCD) has recently supported a variety of projects in the provinces Balkh and Kunduz that benefit many residents. One of the projects includes supporting participation of  50 female

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World Bank Group Youth Summit 2016 winners build two computer labs in Afghanistan

This time last year, more than 400 excited youth filled the Preston Auditorium for the World Bank Group Youth Summit 2016: Rethinking Education for the New Millennium. After receiving 875 submissions from young entrepreneurs, the Youth Summit Organizing Committee (YSOC)

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RECCA VII’s first day focuses on role of women in economic development

The 7th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan, also known as RECCA VII, has kicked off in Asghabat, capital city of Turkmenistan. Delegation from over 40 countries are participating to discuss economic cooperation and ways to rebuild Afghanistan as the

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Leaders from 40 countries to discuss Afghanistan’s economic development in Turkmenistan

The Seventh Regional Economic Cooperation Conference (RECCA VII) ministerial meeting is scheduled on November 14-15, 2017 in Ashgabat-Turkmenistan. Political and business leaders from 40 countries are going to discuss economic cooperation and ways of attracting private investment to Afghanistan. Organized

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Herat to harvest over 8 tons of saffron this year

Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock department in Herat said Herat farmers expect to harvest over eight tons of saffron this year. Department’s head Abdul Saboor Rahmani said the number of acres of land cultivated for saffron has increased from last year’s

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15,000 residents from development projects in Badakhshan

Three infrastructure projects in the districts Yaftal-e Payan, Darayem and Argo of Badakhshan were completed. Funded by the Afghan-German Cooperation’s program Regional Capacity Development (RCD), these projects include the construction of a bridge, a protection wall as well as the

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2 tons of pomegranates exported from Kandahar to UAE by air

Afghan traders sent two tons of pomegranates to the UAE from Kandahar airport, a statement from the Presidential Economic Advisory Office said on Thursday. The statement added that the number of cargo flights from Kandahar City to Dubai International Airport

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