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impACT Kabul Start-Up Conference: 250 Businessmen Learn from Successful Entrepreneurs

Organized by AGHAEZ, BookClub Afghanistan and Philia, the impACT Kabul start-up conference took place in Afghanistan’s capital. Successful Afghan entrepreneurs, including returnees from all over the world, presented their start-up businesses to roughly 250 participants and explained what it takes

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Here’s the New Afghan Strategy Trump’s Been Waiting For

The Introduction. President Trump is looking for better options before deciding policy on the war in Afghanistan. The latest headlines describe the problem but no one seems to have the solution: What will Trump do about Afghanistan?[1] He is right

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The completion of development projects help thousands of people in Ghor

Three development projects implemented under the National Rural Access Program (NRAP) and the National Area-Based Development Program (NABD) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development were recently completed in Dawlatyar and Lal-wa-Sarjangal districts of Ghor province. Built at a

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New IARCSC offices built in Baghlan

The Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Services Commission (IARCSC) in Baghlan is responsible for realizing reforms and providing civil services for the public, as well as offering a wide range of training measures to the civil servants in different government

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France pledges to continue helping Afghanistan

In a meeting with Nasir Ahmad Durrani, the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Minister, Jean-Michel Marlaud, the French ambassador to Afghanistan said that his country has a long standing relationship with Afghanistan and will continue to help the Afghans by fully

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The Netherlands to give Afghanistan 180 milllion Euros in aid for the next three years

During a press conference in Kabul, Bert Koenders, the Foreign Minister for Holland and Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the Dutch Defense Minister  announced that their government has pledged to give Afghanistan 60 million Euros in aid every year until 2017. This press

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Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development signs contracts for 15 new projects

Nasir Ahmad Durrani, the Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, has signed contracts for 15 new projects with private construction companies. Of the 15 projects, 10 are part of  the National Rural Access Program (NRAP) and 5 are water supply

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Ten welfare projects completed in Balkh

The National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) has completed ten welfare projects in Balkh province. These projects were implemented in a number of villages of the Charbolak district. With 10 percent contribution from

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Welfare projects help over 14,000 families in Samangan

Sixteen welfare projects have been completed in various villages of Darah Sof Balla, Khuram Wa Sarbagh and Feroz Nakhchir districts of Samangan province. These projects include retaining walls, drinking water wells, the repairing of a bridge, and the construction of

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Over 4,000 families benefit from welfare projects in Khost

The National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development has completed 29 welfare projects in Khost province. The districts that will benefit from the project include Matoon, Mandozai, Tanai, Mosakhil, and Nadarshakot districts of Khost province. Completed

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Infrastructure projects completed in Kunar Province

23 infrastructure projects have been completed in Kunar Province. Funded by the National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) with ten percent contribution of the community, the project was completed at a cost of AFN

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A new vegetable and fruit market opens in Khost

A new fruit and vegetable market has opened in the Southeastern part of Khost province. Located near the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the market has around 250 shops equipped with all the needed facilities

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Over 3,000 families benefit from the completion of welfare projects in Uruzgan

17 welfare projects have been completed in a number of districts in Uruzgan province. These districts include Chora, Dehrawood, Gizab, Shaheed Asas and many areas of Terenkot, the capital of Uruzgan. These projects, which were completed at a total cost

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Control of major departments at the Hamid Karzai International Airport being returned to Afghans

During the last thirteen years, control of the Kabul airports has been mainly handled by NATO and International Assistant Forces (ISAF). Now it seems that process will gradually change. According to reports, during the current month, the control of the

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Construction of a welfare project begins in Kunar province

On Wednesday, March 4th, the inauguration of a welfare project’s construction in Kunar province was conducted. The project is funded by the National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development. Shuja Almalik, the Acting Governor of Kunar,

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Italy Pledges 5 million Euros to the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development

Italy is ready to contribute as much as 5 million Euros to the National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development. In a meeting with Nasir Ahmad Durrani, the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Minister, Luciano Pezzotti,

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52 welfare projects help over 17,000 families in Herat

The National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD)  has completed 52 utility projects in the Enjeel district of Herat province. These projects will help 17,315 families in various different villages of the district. These

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Surveys lead to several mineral discoveries in Bamyan

Surveys have found sums of various natural resources in Bamyan province. According to the Bamyan Mines Department, the findings of one survey include aluminum, copper, iron, semi-precious and precious stones. Through another survey, deposits of coalmine in Sighan district and

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Afghanistan “truly open for business”

Afghanistan is building up its economy after over 30 years of conflict. President Ghani has put the economy high up on his agenda and has declared the country “truly open for business”. In a step towards this goal, Kabul hosted

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Afghan state-owned businesses revenue decline by 90%

Afghan Ministry of Finance officials have reported a 90% decline in the revenue of state-owned businesses. State-owned businesses have recorded revenue of 377mn AFN this year compared with 3.4bn AFN last year. This brings up the old question of privatizing

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Afghan economy growth projected at 1.5% in 2014

The World Bank in its twice-a-year report—South Asia Economic Focus—has projected a gloomy 1.5% growth rate for Afghanistan’s economy for the year 2014. Afghanistan is on the verge of a fiscal crisis, with declining revenues leading to an unfinanced fiscal

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Afghanistan’s economic achievements over the past 13 years

Afghanistan has undoubtedly achieved the most development in its history ever since the Taliban were ousted in 2001. The achievements would not have been possible without the influx of billions of dollars from the international community. It is worth mentioning

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Afghan women display their handicrafts in Mazar-e-Sharif

In a bid to find access to market for their products and to improve their financial situation, Afghan women in Mazar-e-Sharif have put on display their handicrafts products in one of the city’s  highly-crowded marketplace. “Twenty women will participate in

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Afghan traders seek alternative transit routes amid tensions with Iran and Pakistan

Afghan traders have approached the government to find alternative transit routes to carry out their businesses. This comes as Afghan traders are constantly facing problems from the neighboring countries, Iran and Pakistan. Holding a meeting in Herat city, the traders

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New Year Festival, a good opportunity for marketing Afghan products

On the days of Mila Gul-e-Surkh in Mazar-e-Sharif, sales of Afghan products witness a drastic increase. Mila Gul-e Surkh, the Red Flower Festival, is an ancient 40-day event that takes place in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif. Thousands of Afghans from

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