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Two water works in Kabul refurbished, able to supply 1.1 million people

Today, Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Finance and Administration of Urban Development Affairs (MUDA), Hamid Jalil, the Director General of the Afghanistan Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Corporation (AUWSSC), Dad Mohammad Baheer, and representing the German Embassy, Ms. Katharina Schuster, officially

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Business climate deteriorated in Afghanistan: ACCI Business Tendency Survey Report

The Business Tendency survey report by the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) indicated a negative business climate for major cities of Afghanistan during the last three months. The business climate is an indicator for Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

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CASA-1000 to bring in USD 65mn in revenue to Afghanistan

Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water (MoE) official said implementation work of the CASA-1000 project would begin in 2015. Deputy Minister Eng. Ghulam Farooq Qazi said the project would generate USD 65mn in revenue to Afghanistan. “We expect revenue of

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Insecurity hinders business growth in Afghanistan-reports ACCI

According to a recent survey conducted by the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) in Balkh, Kabul and Kandahar, security issues remain to be the main cause of lackluster economic activity. The survey evaluated nine indexes including customs, taxation,

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Afghanistan granted the UIC membership

The membership of Afghanistan to the International Union of Railways (UIC) was officially declared at the 83rd General Assembly of the UIC held on December 12 in Paris. Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Paris and the Afghanistan

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US asks for more partnership from Iran in the development of Afghanistan's infrastructure

On the sidelines of the security talks among Iran, the US and Afghanistan in Herat province, Washington representative asked for Tehran’s further partnership with Afghanistan  in infrastructural projects. The two-gathering highlighted major issues such as Afghanistan’s peace and tranquility  in

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US asks for more partnership from Iran in the development of Afghanistan’s infrastructure

On the sidelines of the security talks among Iran, the US and Afghanistan in Herat province, Washington representative asked for Tehran’s further partnership with Afghanistan  in infrastructural projects. The two-gathering highlighted major issues such as Afghanistan’s peace and tranquility  in

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Infrastructure projects to launch soon in Baghlan

Two major infrastructure projects including establishment of two transmission lines and asphalting of Doshi-Sheebar road will be launched soon in Pul-e-Khumri, capital city of Baghlan province. Funded by the German government, the two transmission lines are estimated to cost USD

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Survey of the Afghan-Tajik-Turkmen Railway to begin soon

The Afghan Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) announced Thursday that survey of the Afghanistan-Tajikistan-Turkmenistan railway would begin soon. “A foreign firm has won the contract for surveying this project. The firm will launch its survey after approval from the Asian

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Swedish Committee to launch 14mn AFN projects in Dehdadi district of Balkh province

Swedish Committee for Afghanistan will spend more than 14 million Afghanis in Dehdadi district of northern Balkh province, as the Northern Rural Project (NRP) officially extended in the province. SCA will implement the infrastructure and vocational training projects proposed by the

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Kazakhstan to invest in Afghanistan's infrastructure

Kazakhstan has expressed interest in investing in Afghanistan’s infrastructure in a bid to increase trade activity between the two countries. “In consideration of Afghanistan’s needs for access to central Asian markets and the reliance of Kazakhstan on central Asia and

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Kazakhstan to invest in Afghanistan’s infrastructure

Kazakhstan has expressed interest in investing in Afghanistan’s infrastructure in a bid to increase trade activity between the two countries. “In consideration of Afghanistan’s needs for access to central Asian markets and the reliance of Kazakhstan on central Asia and

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Second phase of the Bamyan-Wardak road construction begins

Work on the second phase of the Bamyan-Wardak highway has begun and is expected to be completed in a year, said Public Works officials. The project involves construction of a 500m long tunnel, bridges, culverts, protection walls and galleries along

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Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan ink agreement on railway construction

Presidents of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan signed a trilateral framework agreement on the construction of a railroad in a tripartite meeting in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Leaders of the two neighboring countries arrived in Turkmenistan to participate in the celebration of Nawroz

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ADB pledges USD 200mn for Afghanistan’s power projects

Asian Development Bank’s country director Joji Tokeshi signed an agreement with Afghan Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal on donating USD 200mn for power projects in Afghanistan. The projects, including power transmission and distribution grid development, are to be implemented in northern,

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Work begins on the construction of Taluqan River’s embankments

Construction of a 7Km and a 6Km embankment of Taloqan River commenced on Monday, informed local officials of Takhar province. Funded by the German government, the embankments cost USD 450mn. According to the Head of Takhar Irrigation Department Eng. Muhammad

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DP World to explore opportunities in Afghanistan’s dry ports

DP world aims to develop ports in countries such as Afghanistan and Myanmar where the underdeveloped markets are showing potential for growth. According to DP world, these countries lack the right infrastructure. As a result, they would have to develop

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ADB allocates USD 300mn to infrastructure projects in Afghanistan

The Asian Development Bank announced Thursday that it will grant USD 300mn to fund infrastructure projects in Afghanistan. The projects include supply of electricity to three southern provinces from Turkmenistan, construction of dams on rivers in Bamiyan and Badakhshan, reconstruction

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Denmark to continue their assistance to Afghanistan

Danish government has pledged to stand by the Afghan government post-2014 and assist the country with developing its economy. According to the Copenhagen post, Denmark will provide USD 96mn (530mn kroner)  per year between 2013 and 2017. Based on Denmark’s

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Azerbaijan to offer assistance to Afghanistan

Azerbaijan is willing to assist Afghanistan in fighting against drugs and insurgency and building Afghan infrastructure. Azerbaijan has allocated EUR 2m for implementation of different projects in Afghanistan and intends to continue further support to this country. Azerbaijan’s deputy foreign

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No major financial crisis in Afghanistan post 2014- Minister Zakhilwal

Speaking at the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal assured the legislators that Afghanistan will not face a major financial crisis after 2014, when many of the foreign troops withdraw from the country. There have been

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Afghanistan to grow at a rate of 6.5% in 2013

According to the Asian Development Bank’s latest report, Afghanistan is predicted to grow at a rate of 6.5%. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) releases technical reports on the economic growth assessment of Afghanistan twice a year. The growth rate for

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US working on the economic side of Afghanistan’s transition period

As the US is pulling out its troops from Afghanistan, there are concerns about the country’s economy post-2014. In order to ensure a healthy economy, the US is focusing on assisting Afghanistan with building a private sector -led and trade-led

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US poor planning of reconstruction projects in Afghanistan

A report to US Congress says that the millions of dollars spent on Afghanistan’s reconstructions projects may have been mostly wasted, given the poor conditions of the built infrastructure. The report also found that several construction projects were so far

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Afghanistan’s problem is not Money but lack of Human Capital

Lack of professional individuals and proper management of projects are the main obstacles to the development of infrastructure in the country. Building, Water and Energy Consultant to the President Yusuf Pashtoon spoke in an international conference on infrastructure in Afghanistan

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