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Distrust over NUG continues among Afghans: New poll shows

A new poll conducted by the Center for Strategic and Regional Studies (CSRS) indicates that distrust among Afghans over the National Unity Government’s policies on economy, security and corruption continues. On the basis of the poll, almost 90% of Afghans believe

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Japan pledges support to expand Chabahar port

The Japanese government has reached an agreement with New Delhi on working for the expansion of Chabahar Port in Iran. This announcement was made by Japan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Kentaro Sonoura during his meeting with Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani

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‘Way of Pen’ society rallies to reopen schools in Kandahar

A society named ‘Way of Pen’ has launched a campaign in Spin Spoldak district of southern Kandahar province to reopen schools. Matiullah Wesa, founder of the ‘Way of Pen’ society, initiated the campaign via social media in a remote area

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Government slammed for lack of balance in next fiscal year’s budget

Members of the Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG)protested against the national budget for the fiscal year 1396 and called for it to be revoked by the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of the parliament. This comes as the Afghan

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Government suspends bidding on magnetite and marble stone mines in Kandahar

Kandahar Governor Dr. Humayun Azizi announced on Tuesday that the bidding process and contract signing for two precious stone mines have been suspended due to insecurity in the area. Addressing a weekly meeting with the government officials and Provincial Council

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DPG advocates for extended regional cooperation to Afghanistan

The Delhi Policy Group (DPG) in its latest report titled “The Troubling Transformations in Afghanistan” has assessed Afghanistan’s security, political and economic transformations and has advocated for extended regional cooperation to Afghanistan. The report calls for the regional countries to

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Afghanistan’s growth rate projected at 2.9% in 2017

According to World Bank’s twice-a-year South Asia Economic Focus, which was released on Monday, Afghanistan’s economic growth rate is expected to only marginally increase from 1.9% in 2016 to 2.9% in 2017. The report has cited persisting political and security

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Investment falls by 29% in Afghanistan

The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) announced on Wednesday that investment in Afghanistan has declined by 29% in the past 9 months of the current fiscal year and investment has been on a free-fall since 2011. Addressing a press conference,

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Denmark to provide USD 150mn in aid to Afghanistan over next 2 years

The government of Denmark has pledged USD 150mn in fresh aid to Afghanistan over the next two years. The aid money will go towards implementation various welfare projects across Afghanistan. In November 2014, the Danish government had pledged USD 90mn

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International community must stay committed to Afghan support-UN

 The international community must remain committed to supporting Afghanistan’s development under new President Ashraf Ghani, United Nations Assistant Secretary General Haoliang Xu said. More than two months after Ghani was sworn in, following an election dispute that ended in a

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Ring Road timeline faces security and budget issues

The Afghan Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) expressed concerns over meeting the deadline for completion of the Ring Road project. President Ashraf Ghani issued a directive earlier this week to complete the ring road project in the enxt nine months.

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Business confidence in Afghanistan to boost after signing of BSA

The Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) is going to be signed on Tuesday between Afghanistan and the US government. The BSA is a key document that will determine the volume of the US troops to stay in Afghanistan after 2014. The

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Number of tourists visiting Qargha Lake declines

Afghanistan’s favorite tourist resort has witnessed a 90% drop in its revenue due to a significant decrease in the number of tourists. This follows after last month’s gang-rape incident where 4 women were brutally raped after their vehicle was intercepted

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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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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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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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US funding for Afghanistan tops the amount spent rebuilding Germany, Britain after WWII

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), John Sopko, said Afghanistan will continue to receive up to USD 10bn of aid annually from the US after the withdrawal of foreign troops. Sopko said the US had never put such

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Security remains an impediment to economic growth: ACCI

A latest report by the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) has revealed that security still remains a major threat to the country’s economic growth. The report was based on a survey and interview of entrepreneurs in four provinces:

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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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Development projects worth 6mn AFN to be implemented in Madian Wardak

Projects concerning agriculture, health, education, culture, sports and security sectors are to be implemented in central Maidan Wardak province this year. According to Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), the 338 development projects would cost 6 million AFN. Governor Abdul Majid Khogyani

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Afghanistan’s economy to pick up pace in 2015 and 2016

According to a latest report by the World Bank, Afghanistan’s economic growth would rise to around 5% in 2015 and 2016. The recovery would highly depend on the country’s security situation after the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan. Sensitive

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Afghanistan's economy to pick up pace in 2015 and 2016

According to a latest report by the World Bank, Afghanistan’s economic growth would rise to around 5% in 2015 and 2016. The recovery would highly depend on the country’s security situation after the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan. Sensitive

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Médicins Sans Frontières reports on the health sector in Afghanistan

Médicins Sans Frontières  (MSF) or ” Doctors Without Borders”, an international health non-governmental organization, in its recent report has reflected on the achievements and deficiencies in the health sector of Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s health sector has improved considerably since the fall

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US to donate USD 300mn in aid to Afghanistan over the next five years

As Afghanistan is going into a political and economic transition, the US government considers providing almost USD 300mn in new aid programs to the war-torn country. According to Bloomberg, USD 92mn of the aid would be earmarked for education programs

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Restaurant business slowing down after last week’s attack

Attack on the Lebanese restaurant, La Taverna,  last week has prompted security protocols among the international community serving in Kabul city. A number of organizations have stopped allowing their employees going to restaurants. Last week, a suicide attack by Taliban

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