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Ghani calls for proper urban development planning

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani addressed the 12th Silk Road Mayors Forum and said there was a need for accurate planning to develop Afghanistan’s cities. He regarded Afghanistan as the key region in the Silk Road reconstruction and said countries involved

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Afghanistan no longer threatened by enemies blocking trade routes

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said the enemies can no longer threaten Afghanistan by blocking trade routes as the country has alternative routes to rely on. These remarks were made during a gathering in the provincial capital of Balkh province, Mazar-e-Sharif,

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TAPI pipeline to receive $2.5bn credit facility from Siemens

The German engineering company Siemens has offered to loan USD 2.5bn for compressors for Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline. Turkmenistan has agreed to buy compressions from Siemens and the deal is soon going to be finalized. The vital gas pipeline needs

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Afghanistan’s first ‘Silk Road’ train to arrive on Sep 9

The first cargo train from China is set to reach Afghanistan on September 9 after a 15-day journey. The train left China’s eastern city of Nanton on August 25 and headed to Hairaton, a town and a port in the north

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Afghanistan’s next move in reviving the Silk Road

Afghanistan eyes membership of the Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia (TRACECA), which is comprised of eight countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Officials of the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation said the TRACECA membership would enable Afghanistan

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Sericulture reviving in Western Afghanistan

Agriculture officials in Herat reported that sericulture has witnessed an unprecedented growth. Faqir Ahmad Bayangar, Head of the agriculture department in Herat, said farmers obtained 250 tons of silkworms, which indicated an extraordinary growth when compared with previous years. According

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Work on asphalting of Silk Road begins

Asphalting of the remaining seven-kilometer portion of the Silk Road has kicked off. About 180km of the road from Bamyan and Kabul has already been asphalted with financial collaboration from Italy; however, the remaining 7km could not be constructed due

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