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Kam Air to transport fresh fruit to India as per Ghani’s orders

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has stepped in to resolve the Afghan-India air cargo issues by ensuring that 120 tons of fresh fruit is transported to India every week. This comes weeks after long delays in air cargo that left tons

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Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process leaders praise Afghan-India freight corridor

Stakeholders attending the eighth meeting of the Regional Technical Group of Confidence Building Measure on Trade, Commerce and Investment Opportunities under the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process praised the establishment of the India-Afghanistan air freight corridor on Tuesday. “With regard to

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Private, public sector meet to review progress in reconnecting Afghanistan to regional markets

Afghan government officials and private sector met in Kabul this week with representatives from the European Union and the International Trade Centre to take stock of progress on efforts to build Afghanistan’s capacities to participate in regional trade. The 31

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Afghan fruit traders protest against lack of access to international markets

A number of fruit traders in capital city of Kabul started a protest, complaining about lack of access to international markets. This comes as most of the fresh fruits this year went rotten at warehouses or fields due to lack

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Lapis Lazuli Corridor agreement to be inked in near future

Afghan Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi in his recent trip to Georgia discussed the Lapis Lazuli transit Corridor with officials from the four countries along the Corridor: Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. According to reports, an agreement is set to be

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Afghan Finance Minister discusses economic ties with Georgia

Afghan Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi is visiting Georgia  on June 28-29 to confer on trade and economic ties  with the Georgian government and also meet with local business community. His first meeting is with his Georgian counterpart Dimitry Kumsishvili in

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Afghanistan’s second cargo flight to India takes off from Kandahar

Cargo plane filled with 40 tons of dried fruits and medical plants was sent from southern Kandahar province to India on Saturday. Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Kandahar Governor Zalmai Wesa said Afghanistan would transport grapes, pomegranates and other fresh fruits

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First Afghan-India air corridor flight to operate over the next 2 days

India’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that the first flight of the Afghanistan-India air corridor is likely to operate in the weekend or early next week. “The flight will take Indian products to Afghanistan and will bring Afghan products

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First India-Afghanistan air cargo scheduled for June 15

The India- Afghanistan air corridor project, which was an announced by President Ghani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year, enters implementation phase today. An agreement to that effects was signed between Nader Omar , CEO of Ariana Airlines, and

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Afghanistan, Tajikistan sign trade agreements

Tajikistan’s Transport Minister Khuodyorzada Khudoyor headed a ten-member delegation to attend the 6th Economic and Trade Cooperation meeting in Kabul this week. Khuoyor assured that his country was committed to providing better opportunities and improving transit of Afghan goods through

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Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia to sign trade agreement

Afghan Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi and Saudi Arabia’s Commerce Minister Majid Bin Al Qasabi met in Riyadh on Thursday to discuss a range of issues including the peace process, bilateral relations and projects funded by Saudi Arabia. According to a

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Afghanistan steps up work to strengthen export sector

Afghan industry leaders, small business owners and public sector representatives on 18 May met in Mazar-e-Sharif to explore provincial trade challenges and solutions that can feed into the ongoing design of the country’s National Export Strategy (NES). A National Export

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World Bank agrees to help build Peshawar-Kabul highway

The World Bank has agreed in principle to finance the Peshawar-Kabul highway which will help boost intra-regional trade. According to Pakistan’s Dawn website, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar met with senior officials of the World Bank group in Washington last week

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Afghan traders block trade at Sher Khan Port

Afghan traders have blocked trade at the Sher Khan Port in northern Kunduz province in protest against problems caused by neighboring Tajikistan. The demonstrators are upset over absence of a Tajik consulate in the province and claim that Tajikistan denies

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Pakistan yet to respond to Afghanistan’s APTICA meeting request

The Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) is still awaiting Pakistan’s response in regards to holding the seventh Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Issue Contract Agreement (APTICA). “Suggestion is sent to Pakistan in order to hold the seventh meeting of APTICA. We

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Afghanistan’s transit plans aligned with One Belt, One Road initiative

Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi announced at the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2017 this week in China that Afghanistan’s trade and transit plans were aligned according to OBOR’s initiative. Addressing the Forum, Hakimi said Afghanistan

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Afghanistan’s Ministry of Commerce and Industries partners with Indian Center for WTO Studies

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) and the Delhi-based Center for WTO Studies (CWS) have entered into a partnership for the capacity building of MoCI. The partnership agreement was finalized by Mohammad Haqjo, Deputy Minister for Commerce and Industries,

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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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Pakistan suffers $70mn loss due to border closure

Pakistan’s economy has suffered a USD 70mn loss in the past two weeks after Islamabad decided to close its border with Afghanistan. According to Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry(PAJCCI), Pakistan sends three hundred vehicles of fruits and vegetables,

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No cargo train arrived in Hairaton from China since railroad inauguration in Sep 2016

Not a single cargo train has arrived from China at the Hairaton port ever since the railroad inauguration on September 7, 2016. The first cargo train arrived in the north of Balkh province of Afghanistan, after a 15 day journey,

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Afghanistan, Pakistan back ‘Beyond Boundaries Project’

The Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI) has pledged all-out support for Phase II of the ‘Beyond Boundaries Project’ to help boost regional cooperation. A 12-member delegation of officials from Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed to support the second

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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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India, Afghanistan to set up air transport corridor bypassing Pakistan

India and Afghanistan are planning to set up an air transport corridor to help increase trade between the two nations that is obstructed by political tensions with Pakistan. The announcement was made by Indian Prime Minister Narindra Modi in the

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EU starts a new initiative to strengthen Afghanistan’s trade capacities

The European Union announced a new initiative, called Afghanistan: Trade for Economic Growth (ATEG), which will focus on strengthening the country’s trade capacities and helping it become a vibrant regional economic hub. “The EU is determined to ensure that Afghanistan

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Afghanistan participates in Global Sustainable Transport Conference

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani presented Afghanistan in the Global Sustainable Transport Conference in Turkmen capital, Ashgabat. Held on November 26-27, the first ever  global conference on sustainable transport brings together key stakeholders from Governments, UN system and other international organizations,

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