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Afghanistan to launch biometric cards in 90 days

The Afghan government will begin distribution of the much-awaited national electronic identity cards in 90 days. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani approved the distribution procedure of the cards presented by the head of the department for the distribution of the electronic

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Afghanistan on the brink of a financial crisis

Ministry of Finance (MoF) officials announced Tuesday that the government is in need of USD 537mn as the government is virtually broke due to the prolonged elections impasse. Director General of the Treasury at the MoF, Alhaj Mohammad Aqa, told

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Afghan Industrialists Union call on presidential candidates to end elections stalemate

Afghan Industrialists Union urged the presidential candidates to put an end to the long elections impasse that is taking the country toward a possible economic recession. The Union head, Sakhi Ahmad Paiman, stressed that the Afghan economy could take a

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Afghan government’s treasury emptied due to protracted presidential elections

The long-drawn-out election process has hit the Afghan government’s treasury that is currently meeting budgetary needs only through day-today revenue collection. Afghan Deputy Finance Minister Mustafa Mastoor said the government would be unable to pay public servant salaries if the

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Afghan Finance Minister warns of economic crisis

In an exclusive interview with BBC News, Afghan Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal warned of a possible economic crisis to hit Afghanistan as a result of the election deadlock. According to Zakhilwal, the political impasse has resulted in capital flight

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Afghanistan’s internal revenue drops by 27%

Afghan Ministry of Finance (MoF) has again warned about the prolonged elections process lowering down the country’s internal revenue. According to MoF, the internal revenue of Afghanistan has dropped by over 27% in the first six months of this year.

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Factories facing stagnation in Balkh

More than 70% of factories in Balkh are facing recession, with businesses remaining stagnant. Industrialist Union officials in Balkh have cited lack of security, support from the government and investment as the main factors behind stagnation of the factories. Activities

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Glimmers of hope about revival of Afghan economy emerge

The long-drawn-out election process left many businesses to shut down and caused a major blow to the investment sector. Political instability and uncertainty about the security situation has resulted in an economic crisis, with Afghanistan’s exports declining by over 20%

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Vote count delay results in lower Afghan national revenue

The House of Representatives expressed concerns over the decline in the national revenue, fearing the government would not be able to pay the salaries of the government employees. “Economic problems are inevitable if our government does not tackle the national

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Prolonged election process hurting mining industry in Kunduz

Mines and Petroleum department in Kunduz have reported a significant decline in the province’s mining revenue, with the figure dropping from 2.8mn AFN in 2013 to 900,000 AFN this year. Eng. Mirza Mohammad Sultani, director of the provincial Mines and

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Afghani goes up against US dollar

The value of the Afghani currency has picked up pace after months of considerable decline. The uncertain political situation and the prolonged elections process had hit Afghani hard as investors were hesitant to bring in capital in the country. Other

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Herat's economy stagnated by the election process

Officials of industrialists’ union in Herat said the city was facing economic crisis due to the election process. According to the officials, traders have transferred their assets outside of Afghanistan and as many as thousand workers of Herat’s industrial city

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Afghan national income reduced by 20% due to elections

Afghan Finance Ministry official announced Saturday that the national income was reduced by 20% due to the prolonged election process. The Ministry’s spokesperson Abdul Qader Jailani said economic activities have been declining since the beginning of elections with imports reduced

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Money Laundering Law delayed further, Afghan MPs blame the government

Members of the Lower House have shifted the blame onto the government for the delay in ratification of Anti-Money Laundering Law. The Law was expected to be voted on Tuesday; however, due to lack of a quorum in the Lower

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Afghans fear an economic collapse

With the US spending boom coming to an end, many Afghans fear the economy would collapse. The World Bank has predicted an economic growth of 3.2% for this year compared with the expanding rate by as much as 14 percent

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Afghan runoff contenders call for immediate ratification of Anti-Money Laundering Laws

Afghan presidential candidates, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, have emphasized on immediate ratification of Anti-Money Laundering and Prevention of Financing Terrorism laws. Campaigning for the June runoff election, the contenders expressed concerned about Parliament’s delay in passing the laws.

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ACCI chief announces his resignation

Qurban Mohammad Haqjo, Head of the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), announces his resignation. According to Khaama Press (KP), the reason behind Haqjo’s resignation is his endorsement of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, who was the leading candidate in

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Prolonged election process slows down business activity: Afghan economic experts

Afghan economic pundits have expressed concerns at the prolonged process of the elections that have slowed down business activity. Uncertainty about Afghanistan’s future had been a major factor behind the decline in economic growth; it only heightened further upon the

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Hole in Afghan budget to have negative impact on development projects

Afghan Ministry of Finance has expressed concerns at the USD 375mn hole in the government budget for this year. The shortfall is likely to threaten public projects and civil servants’ salaries, putting the war-torn country in a deep stress as

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Afghan Elections Crucial For Future of the Country

By: Florance Ebrahimi- As Afghans prepare to choose their next President in the coming election their confidence and enthusiasm in the country’s electoral process is increasing day by day. Despite escalating violence and a constant threat by the Taliban. Afghanistan

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Have a Question About the Afghan Elections? Ask an Afghan Citizen Journalist

Paiwandgāh, the online citizen journalism platform for Afghans, has launched its “Ask a Question” (http://paiwandgah.af/en/take-action/ask-a-question/) section to allow audiences around the world ask Afghan citizen journalists questions about the 2014 presidential and provincial Council elections. With the presidential election just

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Disabled Afghans demand facilitation in the polling process

Representatives of persons with disabilities have demanded the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to provide necessary facilities for the people with disabilities in the polling stations and make the polling stations accessible. They also asked the presidential runners to specify their

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2nd round of nationwide elections survey with SMS completed

Paywast, Afghanistan’s first mobile-based social networking outlet, has conducted its second round of surveys for the 2014 elections through SMS. Users  asked if they know how to register to vote, if they have received a voter’s card, if they feel

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Afghanistan’s largest nationwide elections surveys done with SMS

With the Afghan presidential elections only a month away, it is more important than ever to ensure an open democratic process across society, and to enable Afghan citizens to raise their voices and use their constitutionally protected freedom of speech.

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Afghanistan's largest nationwide elections surveys done with SMS

With the Afghan presidential elections only a month away, it is more important than ever to ensure an open democratic process across society, and to enable Afghan citizens to raise their voices and use their constitutionally protected freedom of speech.

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