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Afghan Parliamentarian Forum in India on Natural Resource Management

A three-day parliamentarian natural resource management forum lead by the Afghanistan Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (AEITI) was held in Delhi, India from May 17-May 19. The event was organized by the Afghan-German Cooperation program for the promotion of good governance

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Afghan mining sector promoted in Toronto, Canada

The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP), the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) and the Afghan Embassy in Ottawa promoted the Afghan Mining sector at the world’s leading convention and investor exchange event on mineral exploration and exploitation: the

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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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Afghanistan loses $100mn per year through illegal mining

The European Union’s (EU) special envoy, Franz-Michel Mellbin, warned Afghanistan of the negative impact of illegal mining on Afghanistan’s economy. According to Mellbin, Afghanistan incurs USD 100mn losses through illegal mining. “I am a little careful with numbers here, because

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Afghan-German cooperation published research paper on Afghanistan’s extractive sector

The Afghan-Germany cooperation has published a research paper on mining governance titled ”A Balancing Act for the Extractive Sector Governance”. The document was officially launched during a high level meeting between the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) and the

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Afghan, Iran ink agreement in mining sector

Afghanistan and Iran have agreed to cooperate in the field of exploration and exploitation of mines in Afghanistan and its export to other countries. An agreement to that effect was signed between Afghan Minister of Mines Petroleum Dawood Shah Saba

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MoU signed to enhance cooperation in mining sector between Afg, Iran, Germany

In order for Afghanistan to reap benefit of its vast natural resources well-trained mining professionals and developing international networks are necessary to connect with peer researchers and teachers to exchange know-how. In addition, the security situation in Afghanistan makes it

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First comprehensive book on Afghanistan’s minerals published

The very first comprehensive book on Afghanistan’s minerals, called ‘Afghanistan’s minerals, contracts and challenges”, has been published. The book is written by one of the engineers of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, Mohammad Anwar Zaki. The first part of

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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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SAIL-led consortium pulls out from $10.8bn Afghan mining project

Led by the state-owned Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL), the Afghan Iron and Steel Consortium (AIFSCO) after years of apprehension about the project has pulled out from the project altogether. According to The Financial Express, an inter-ministerial group at

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Afghan Mines Ministry improving ability to manage mining sector

At Kabul’s Dunya University, 24 employees from the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum embarked on eight months of professional training, giving them and the ministry the knowledge and abilities they need to manage extraction of Afghanistan’s mineral assets properly. The

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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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80% of Afghanistan is cleared of mines

Over 2.1 million mines have been discovered and destroyed all across Afghanistan since 1989, when demining organizations began their operations to clear the mines. According to a number of demining organizations, 80% of Afghanistan has been cleared of mines. By

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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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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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Second India-Afghan Innovation fair promotes innovation partnership

The 2nd India-Afghanistan Innovation Partnership Fair is being held in Mazar-e-Sharif from March 4-5, 2014 to promote innovative partnerships between the business groups and NGOs of the two countries. The Balkh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BCCI) is organizing the

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Residents continue illegal coal mining in Samangan province

Residents continue extraction coal illegally from a coalmine in Gola area of Samangan province and taking them for domestic use. According to the officials, the government has ignored the area and little progress has been made in legalizing mining. District

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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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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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World Bank grants USD 50mn for economic growth and fiscal sustainability in Afghanistan

A USD 50 million grant, to finance to the Government of Afghanistan’s efforts for promoting economic growth and fiscal sustainability, was signed today between the Ministry of Finance and the World Bank. The grant is being provided by the International

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A possible economic downturn to follow after 2014

Afghan Commerce and Industries Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Ahadi warned that the economic development of Afghanistan would be hit hard after 2014, when the foreign forces are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan. This comment comes in contradiction to assurances offered by his

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Australia to assist Afghanistan in developing the mining sector

Afghan Mines Minister Waheedullah Shahrani had led a delegation to Sydney, Australia to attend a mining development conference there next week. The Minister is expecting to hold a series of meeting with Australian officials on the sidelines of the conference

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India to establish institute of mines in Afghanistan

India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had pledged to establish mining institute in Afghanistan. A contract to that effect was signed between Manmohan Singh and Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday in Kabul. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was accompanied by India’s

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