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Leading Afghan female entrepreneur Kamela Sediqi appointed as Deputy Minister of Commerce

Kamela Sediqi, a leading Afghan female entrepreneur, is appointed as the new deputy minister of Commerce. Abdul Salam Rahimi, Director-General of Administrative Office of the President, introduced Sediqi and expressed hope that her appointment would result in positive changes in

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Afghanistan steps up work to strengthen export sector

Afghan industry leaders, small business owners and public sector representatives on 18 May met in Mazar-e-Sharif to explore provincial trade challenges and solutions that can feed into the ongoing design of the country’s National Export Strategy (NES). A National Export

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Afghan-India air cargo routes to start in two months

Draft plans for the Kabul-Delhi route and the Kandahar-Amritsar route have been prepared and the routes will start within two months, announced Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) on Tuesday. This comes as Afghanistan’s peak export season of fresh

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Kunduz’s transport revenue goes up despite insecurity

The transport department of northern Kunduz province has collected 11.8mn Afn in revenue this year which surpasses last year’s revenue target. The provincial capital Kunduz City has seen repeated bouts of heavy fighting recently. It fell briefly to the Taliban

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ADB pledges $300mn for Afghanistan’s infrastructure development

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has pledged to provide USD 300mn to support infrastructure projects in Afghanistan. According to ADB officials, reconstruction of highways and building a solar power generation facility in eastern Nangarhar province are part of the projects.

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Third Business Climate Conference held in Kabul

The third Business Climate Conference was held in Kabul by the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) and the Afghan-German Cooperation’s program for Sustainable Economic Development and Employment Promotion (SEDEP). Representatives of the private and public sectors met to

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Pilot saffron cultivation program produces good results in Bamyan province

Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL)  received positive results from its pilot saffron cultivation program in central Bamyan province over the last two years. For the first year of the experiment saffron was cultivated on nine plots of

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President Ghani highlights Afghanistan’s investment opportunities in Singapore

Addressing a meeting with entrepreneurs from various sectors in Singapore, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani briefed the participants on the investment opportunities in Afghanistan and said the world should not focus on Afghanistan’s wars only. He said increase in domestic income

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Foundation for Afghanistan’s first grapes & raisins processing factory laid in Parwan

Afghanistan’s first ever grapes and raisins processing factory is soon to be established in the northern province of Parwan. The foundation for the new factory was laid on Friday by Afghanistan’s CEO Abdullah Abdullah. Abdullah highlighted the importance of investment

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When women suffer, a country suffers: CEO Abdullah Abdullah

Afghanistan’s CEO Abdullah Abdullah addressed the first Women Economic Forum on Sunday and said women’s empowerment is vital for the country’s development. He said Afghanistan has a long way to go to successfully achieve economic empowerment of women in the

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Afghanistan’s transit plans aligned with One Belt, One Road initiative

Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi announced at the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2017 this week in China that Afghanistan’s trade and transit plans were aligned according to OBOR’s initiative. Addressing the Forum, Hakimi said Afghanistan

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Afghanistan’s Ministry of Commerce and Industries partners with Indian Center for WTO Studies

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) and the Delhi-based Center for WTO Studies (CWS) have entered into a partnership for the capacity building of MoCI. The partnership agreement was finalized by Mohammad Haqjo, Deputy Minister for Commerce and Industries,

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Afghan Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industries to be established soon

The Leading Entrepreneurs of Afghanistan for Development (LEAD) are soon going to establish the Afghan Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industries–its first in the history of Afghanistan. The High Economic Council approved the proposal for establishment of this vital institution

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Afghanistan’s National Priority Plan on Women’s Economic Empowerment

The National Unity Government (NUG) of Afghanistan officially presented the National Priority Plan on Women’s Economic Empowerment to its citizens on Thursday. The plan aims at developing women’s capacity to strengthen their household economies, but also to positively impact Afghanistan’s

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Afghan agricultural produce spoil due to lack of markets

A number of local businessmen voiced their concerns over lack of markets and storage facilities for their agricultural products, mainly onions. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), 142,000 tons of onions were harvested this year. However,

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Afghanistan more conducive for business today: Ambassador Mohib

Afghan Ambassador to the US, Dr. Hamdullah Mohib, spoke about the efforts and measures underway to boost private investment in Afghanistan at the 12th business matchmaking conference organized by the Afghan-American Chambers of Commerce. He said the landscape for business

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Access to finance empowers Afghan women

USAID’s Financial Access for Investing in the Development of Afghanistan (FAIDA) program, in coordination with the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, organized the “Empowering Afghan Women through Access to Markets and Financial Services” event at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on

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Afghan business community demands ACCI leadership to step down

The Afghan business community has demanded the leadership of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) to step down and hold fresh polls immediately. Addressing a press conference on Monday, representatives from the private sector and entrepreneurs said the

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NSP completes development projects in Ghor province

As many as 38 public utility projects have been completed in Saghar district of Ghor province at a total cost of  AFN 49,285,000 by the National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD/NSP). According to NSP

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Afghanistan exports 40,000 tons of pomegranates worth USD 10mn

Afghanistan has exported 40,000 tons of pomegranates worth USD 10mn to Pakistan, India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Haji Nasrullah, provincial head of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), said 10,000 tons of the exported pomegranates have been registered

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Afghanistan, Pakistan to redouble efforts for greater economic integration

Pakistan’s Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Ahsan Iqbal, said Pakistan’s leadership was committed to taking bilateral relationship with Afghanistan to new heights. Iqbal made these remarks at a meeting with Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Pakistan, Janan Mosazai, on Tuesday. The

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Afghanistan’s first ever Dispute Resolution Center opens in Kabul

The Afghanistan Center for Commercial Dispute Resolution (ACDR) was officially inaugurated on Tuesday in Kabul. The first center of its profile in Afghanistan, ACDR is open to provide domestic and international mediation services, calculation services (and will provide arbitration services

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Afghanistan to launch its first online commodity exchange market

Afghanistan will have its first online commodity exchange market in Kabul where online selling for Afghan agricultural products, gems, industrial products and handicrafts will be available. An agreement to that effect was signed between an Afghan and Arab company on

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USAID launches $13.3 million investment climate reform program

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new $13.3 million program to make it easier for private sector firms to do business in Afghanistan. The four-year Afghanistan Investment Climate Reform Program will be implemented by the International

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Afghanistan, Pakistan to address trade and transit issues

Representatives from the Afghan government and Afghan private sector will be heading to Pakistan to address trade and transit issues that are impeding Afghan business activities. The trip was planned over a month ago by President Ashraf Ghani during his

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