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Afghan government signs 86 mining contracts with private companies

The Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum has signed 86 mining contracts with different private sector companies during the past four months. Addressing a press conference on Tuesday in Kabul, Ministry spokesperson Mohaiuddin Noori said 86 contracts for small and

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Afghan coppersmith industry unable to compete in the open market

Coppersmiths in northern Takhar province have expressed concerns about the collapse of coppersmith industry in the city. With the influx of imported products in the open market, Afghan coppersmiths are unable to compete. Foreign products are available in the market

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Afghan government awards AGMC license to develop copper deposit

Afghan Gold & Minerals Company (AGMC) has won the license to develop a big copper deposit in the northwestern Afghanistan. The company was named preferred bidder for the Balkhab copper exploration license, one of the three gold and copper exploration

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Afghanistan could potentially become the lead supplier of lithium

By Ahmadshah Ghanizada: Afghanistan’s natural resources are considered to be a silver lining for the economy of Afghanistan, as the NATO-led international coalition security forces are preparing to leave the country. The withdrawal of the NATO troops and reduction of

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Coppersmith market on the verge of collapse in Kunduz province

Coppersmiths in Kunduz have expressed their concerns about the fall of coppersmith market in the province due to lack of support from the government, import of poor-quality copper goods and change in people’s tastes. Copper making products is Afghanistan’s oldest

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India and Afghanistan on talks to set up a railway corridor

In order to facilitate exports of iron ore between Afghanistan and its neighboring countries, the Afghan government has held talks with India to set up a 600km long railway line between Bamiyan province in the central part of the country

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Railroads-a must for Afghanistan mining

Researchers working for the U.S. military have drafted an 80-page report concluding that Afghanistan’s lack of railroad may be an obstacle to transforming its USD 1 trillion in mineral deposits into an economic engine. Afghanistan must develop a railway network

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Regional intelligence interrupting mining services in Afghanistan

Mining Ministry Waheedullah Shahrani said that insecurity in Afghanistan is lessening foreign companies’ interest in investing in the mineral sector of Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s mineral sector is considered one of the main sources of income for the country post-2014; however, officials

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Afghanistan’s natural resources need further research and studying- Jawad Omar

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Mines says that the recent survey on the natural resources of Afghanistan by the U.S. Geological Survey is only a primary survey. A full detection of Afghanistan’s natural resources needs further research and studying. According to the

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UNESCO calls for the preservation of the historic sites in Logar

UNESCO expressed its deep concern with regard to the destruction of historic sites in Afghanistan. UNISCO officials declared that the historic sites discovered in Mis Ainak of Logar have been destroyed and continue to be destroyed, as the extraction of

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Indian, Canadian firms to invest $ 14.6b in Hajigak iron mine

An Indian consortium and a Canadian firm would jointly invest $14.6 billion (729.4 billion afs) in developing the Hajigak iron mine, an official said on Saturday. The mine in central Bamyan province, which is estimated to hold 1.8 billion tonnes

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