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Japan funds a demining project in Surobi district of Kabul

Japan has agreed to provide USD 538,009 for a demining project in Surobi District of Kabul. An agreement to that effect was signed between Japan’s Ambassador to Kabul, Hiroshi Takahashi, and Managing Diretor of Agency for Rehabilitation and Energy Conservation,

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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 Mines Ministry to focus on small mineral deposits

Mines Minister Daud Shah Saba in his address to a press conference in Kabul on Sunday said that his ministry was shifting focus towards small mineral deposits over the next five years. He said that Afghanistan currently lacks the capacity

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14 Afghan students complete training on mining in Germany

As part of a series of training measures run by Germany’s program for academic mining education in Afghanistan (AMEA), 14 highly qualified Bachelor candidates returned from a two-month study program at the Bergakademie technical university at Freiberg in Germany. They

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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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President Ghani calls for transparency in the mining industry

President Ashraf Ghani visited the Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP)on Sunday and called on the officials to enhance capacity and transparency in the mining industry. “The Ministry must not be the creator of common works, but it must

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Japan funds mine clearance operations in Afghanistan

The Japanese government has provided USD 696,310 to HALO Afghanistan for mine clearance operations in North and Central regions of Afghanistan. The fund will allow HALO to employ 108 trained de-miners to carry out mine clearance operations in selected minefields

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Mines Minister calls on investors to invest in Afghanistan

Afghan Mines Minister Mohammad Akbar Barekzai called on foreign and local investors to invest in Afghanistan. Barekzai said the new mining law offered numerous facilities for investors. The Law on Mines faced a political impasse for the longest time until

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New mining law a bridge to finalize the iron ore project in Afghanistan

The new mining law, which was approved by the Afghan Parliament two months ago, is going to serve a bridge to finalize the ambitious iron ore project in Afghanistan’s Hajigak province. Led by the state-owned Steel Authority of India Ltd

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Afghan new mines law approved after a long impasse

The Lower House of Parliament approved the new mines law that had faced a number of long frustrating delays. The new mines law, consisting of 20 chapters and 117 articles, are believed to be critical to attract foreign investors 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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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 mining revenue declines by 40%

Afghanistan generated USD 50mn in revenue during the current solar year compared with last year’s over USD 90 million, indicating a 40% decline. In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), Deputy Mines Minister Ahmad Durrani said the decline

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Stalemate facing the new mines law angers Afghan officials

A number of officials have expressed anger at the impasse in new mining laws that are still pending at the Lower House for approval. The draft laws were submitted to the Lower House for ratification over eight months ago. Economic

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Afghan civil society activists call for curbing illegal mining

A number of civil society activists urged the government to take stern actions against illegal mining activities that are carried out in various provinces of Afghanistan. “Illegal mines must be shut,” Tolo news quotes a civil society activist, Mohammad Tawab

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MCC spurns reports about Aynak project heading for failure

Officials of the Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC) have rejected reports about the Mes Aynak project headed for failure and assured that the company would never abandon the project. The project was running at a tepid pace due to poor security

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1900 residential houses built near coalmines in Baghlan

Officials in Baghlan have expressed concerns about the lives of residents living in houses that are built close to coalmines in Kakar Valley of Baghlan province. According to Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), the provincial mines and environment protection departments have

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India to slash investment in Afghan iron ore amid security concerns

The consortium of six Indian companies led by the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) may cut investment in Afghanistan’s Hajigak iron ore to almost an eighth of its original plan, as the security concerns are on the rise. According

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Karkar coal mine tunnel to be rebuilt in a month

Reconstruction of the Karkar tunnel in northern Baghlan province is expected to be completed in a month’s time. Currently, 150 tons of coal is extracted from Karkar and Dodkash mines of Baghlan province. The level is projected to reach 250

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India's iron deal with Afghanistan suspended

The USD 10.8 billion worth of iron ore deal between Afghan government and a consortium of Indian companies led by Steal Authority of India and Afghanistan (SAIL) has been suspended, according to reports. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a

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India’s iron deal with Afghanistan suspended

The USD 10.8 billion worth of iron ore deal between Afghan government and a consortium of Indian companies led by Steal Authority of India and Afghanistan (SAIL) has been suspended, according to reports. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a

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Extraction of coal halted in Samangan and Bamyan

Coal extraction activities have been halted in Samangan and Bamyan provinces. This comes after a mining incident in a coalmine in the Roy Do Aab district of Samangan province that resulted in the death of 27 miners. About 4,500-5000 labors

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Afghan government must standardize mining activities

The recent mining accident in Samagan was as a result of the non-standard mining activities that are carried out, said Governor Khairullah Anwash. He added that despite the high revenue generated from the mining site, the government has not done

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Government’s inattention to lives of mineworkers infuriates National Union of Afghanistan Workers

The National Union of Afghanistan Workers strongly criticized the Afghan government for their inattention to the lives of mineworkers. At a press conference in Kabul, Union Head Maaroof Qaderi cited government’s negligence as the main reason behind the deaths and

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Government's inattention to lives of mineworkers infuriates National Union of Afghanistan Workers

The National Union of Afghanistan Workers strongly criticized the Afghan government for their inattention to the lives of mineworkers. At a press conference in Kabul, Union Head Maaroof Qaderi cited government’s negligence as the main reason behind the deaths and

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