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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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New geological center opens in Kabul

The British Ambassador to Kabul Domenic Jermey inaugurated a new geological center in Kabul on Monday. The USD 373,000 laboratory will enable Afghanistan to carry out tests on its minerals inside the country. “Minerals in this country and the wealth

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Afghanistan attends workshop in Turkey on good governance in mining industry

Representatives of the multi-stakeholder group (MSG) of Afghanistan’s Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (AEITI), Afghanistan’s civil society, the private sector, the Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP), the Ministry of Finance (MoF) as well as the Afghan Parliament, participated in

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US spent Almost $500 million to mine oil, gas, and minerals in Afghanistan

The continuing slump of crude prices has affected not only the oil and gas companies, but also nations who have invested millions and/or billions to extract oil and gas at known mining spots in the Middle East. Afghanistan is amongst

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Afghan mining contracts won by nepotism: study

According to a latest study by the Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA), Afghanistan’s mining contracts lack transparency and majority of the benefits from benefitting go to the pockets of high-ranking government officials, parliamentarians, powerful individuals and Taliban militants. The study claims

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Afghanistan’s mining law draft to be ready by year-end

The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum announced on Monday that the mining law draft was being prepared and would be submitted to the parliament by the end of this year. The mining law will serve as the legal basis for

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Afghanistan participates in India’s biggest stone industry expo

Afghanistan Marble industry is still at a nascent stage and modern excavation techniques are not in vogue. This sector is growing at a rate of 60% annually since 2008, according to AISA. Afghanistan has huge deposit of marble and granite,

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President Ghani terminates two chromite deals in Logar

President Ashraf Ghani scrapped two chromite extraction contracts during his surprise visit to Logar. The contracts were signed with two foreign mining companies involved in extraction of chromite in central Logar province. According to Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), the reasons

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Afghan Mineral Deposits Expected to Provide Jobs, Produce Revenue

Afghanistan is on the cusp of strong economic growth due to a number of factors. A growing middle class has been supported through increasing industrialization and improved stability in the political and monetary systems. The young and energetic population has

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Afghanistan’s mineral sector can generate USD 1bn a year by 2020

By Cheryl Pellerin American Forces Press Service A high-tech mineral-mapping effort nearly complete in Afghanistan and the first of its kind in the world already generates $146 million in yearly revenue, and Afghanistan’s minister of mines and petroleum hopes to

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Afghanistan's mineral sector can generate USD 1bn a year by 2020

By Cheryl Pellerin American Forces Press Service A high-tech mineral-mapping effort nearly complete in Afghanistan and the first of its kind in the world already generates $146 million in yearly revenue, and Afghanistan’s minister of mines and petroleum hopes to

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Afghan Foreign Affairs Minister woos Azerbaijan investors

During his visit to Baku, Azerbaijan, Afghan Foreign Affairs Minister  met with the officials to discuss development of economic ties between the two nations. Minister Zarar Ahmad Osmani offered red carpet to Azerbaijan investors and said Afghanistan presented a “good”

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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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Exit America, Enter China: The Promise of Chinese Development

As U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014, China is poised to act as a stabilizing force in the region, reaping the benefits of American military efforts. Though the Chinese are not significantly or directly contributing to Afghan security by

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A shaky foundation? Analysing Afghanistan’s draft mining law

Afghanistan is endowed with minerals that could be worth a trillion dollars. Both the Afghan government and their international partners understandably hope these resources will fuel development and reduce dependence on foreign aid, and are working to encourage the growth

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Increase in revenue of the Northern Coal Enterprise in Baghlan

Northern Coal Enterprise officials in Baghlan said their revenue has increased considerably from last year. Engineer Abdul Khaliq Tamim, Head of the Enterprise, said the Enterprise has sold a total of 845,103 tons of coal from coal mines in Dara

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Chinese firm asking for amendments to the Aynak Copper contract

The Chinese consortium that won one of Afghanistan’s largest natural resources concession, the Aynak Copper Mine, has claimed that the development commitments from their side were “conditional”. As per the contract, the China Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC) is bound to

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First Afghan-German Mining Resource Dialog held in Berlin

Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwa attended the “First Afghan-German Mineral Resource Dialog “in Berlin, Germany. The senior level Afghan delegate also  included Minister of Mines Wahidullah Shahrani. The Afghan-German meeting supports development of a stable and strong private sector in

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Afghanistan’s cache of rare earth elements suspected to be larger than latest estimates

Geologists actually mapping the country’s mineral bounty suspect its prime cache of coveted rare earth elements is considerably larger than the latest estimate lets on Recent exploration of rare volcanic rocks in the rugged, dangerous desert of southern Afghanistan has identified world-class

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AFGHANISTAN MOVES TO SALVAGE ANCIENT BUDDHIST CITY MES AYNAK — AND ITS ECONOMY

MES AYNAK, Afghanistan — It had the potential to be another Afghanistan Buddha disaster, recalling the Taliban’s destruction of two ancient statues that had stood for centuries in this country’s west: A buried Buddhist city lost to time was about

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Council of Ministers to soon approve Afghanistan’s mining laws draft

The Council of Ministers gives preliminary approval to the delayed mining laws of Afghanistan. According to the presidential palace press release, the Council of Ministers decided Monday to approve the mining laws draft. Ministry of Justice and Mines are required

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China has its eyes on Afghanistan’s minerals

In the approaching twilight of the US war in Afghanistan, China is stepping up its involvement, attracted by the country’s trillion dollar worth of minerals. China, who has long been a bystander to the conflict in Afghanistan, could prove to

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Could mineral wealth transform Afghan economy?

BBC News-Three international energy firms have been shortlisted to develop lucrative oil deposits in northern Afghanistan. It is hoped such deals could reduce dependency on foreign aid. BBC reporters visited three key industrial projects to see whether the hopes are

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Lack of strategic plans- a major challenge facing economic development of Afghanistan

A number of well-known officials and university professors met at the Ibn-e-Sina auditorium to discuss the environmental and economic challenges of the country. Azrakhsh Hafizi, International Affairs Advisor to Chamber of Commerce and Industries, regarded the issue of the withdrawal

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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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