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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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Afghanistan central bank calls for banking ties with Iran

Governor of the Central Bank of Afghanistan (Da Afghanistan Bank-DAB), Khalil Sediq, called for regulating banking ties with Iran to develop trade. In his meeting with Governor of Central Bank of Iran Valiollah Seif, Sediq said major portion of transactions

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Afghanistan to be connected with Iran via railway end of this week

Afghanistan Ministry of Urban Development and Housing announced Sunday that the third phase of the Khwaf-Herat railway would be completed by the end of this week. The third phase of the railway, which is 62km long, connects Iran with Ghoriyan

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Afghanistan hopes greater access to global markets through WTO membership

Afghanistan officially became the 164th member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on July 29, 2016. WTO members officially approved Afghanistan’s accession at the Tenth Ministerial Conference in Nairobi on December 17, 2015 and the Protocol of Accession was signed

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Afghanistan, Azerbaijan discuss creation of joint enterprises

Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Baku Mohammad Taqi Khalili and Azerbaijan’s Economy Minister Shahin Mustafayev discussed creation of joint enterprises. The two parties exchanged views on construction of a cement plant in Afghanistan and the joint production of cotton. They also mulled

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Kandahar expects to export 40,000 tons of grapes worth millions of dollars

Businessmen in southern Kandahar province are hoping to export 40,000 tons of grapes worth millions of dollars this year, as the province is expecting a higher grape harvest. Head of the Fresh Fruit Dealers Association, Haji Nanai Agha, told Pajhwok

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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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New study identifies trade opportunities on both sides of Afghan-Tajik border

By: Ahmad Masoud The results of a field study, recently conducted in the towns of Khorog and Ishkoshim in Tajikistan and Shegnan and Ishkashim in Afghanistan, indicated that a number of value chains offer potential for short-term scalable interventions which

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Belarus, Tajikistan to develop trilateral cooperation with Afghanistan

Belarus and Tajikistan have agreed to promote trade and economic interests in cooperation with Afghanistan. An agreement to that effect was reached during the meeting between Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Tajikistan Oleg Ivanov and Tajikistan Prime Minister

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Afghanistan to benefit from India’s investment in Chabahar

Afghanistan Ministry of Commerce and Industries has welcomed India’s USD 156mn investment decision to development Chabahar port. The Ministry’s spokesperson, Mosafer Quqandi, said Afghanistan would undoubtedly benefit from India’s investment in Chabahar. Regarding the port as profitable for India, Quqandi

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Afghanistan exports through Karachi port down by 40%

According to the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) officials, Afghanistan’s exports through Karachi port have declined by 40%. The officials have cited the political tensions between the two nations as the main reason behind the decline in exports

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Afghan government committed to improving local products

Afghan traders informed President Ashraf Ghani of the increase in exports of dry and fresh fruits from Afghanistan. President Ghani said the boost in exports of Afghan products was a victory for Afghan traders and the country. According to the

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Afghanistan agrees to terms for WTO membership

Eleven years after it first applied for membership, Afghanistan agreed to terms for joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) with the trade body’s existing 161 members on Wednesday, 12 November. Afghanistan’s accession will be officially approved at a meeting in Nairobi,

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Afghan government to focus on economic issues this coming winter

Addressing a group of Afghan investors and traders on Tuesday, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said this winter the Afghan government’s main focus would be on the economic issues of the country. President Ghani stressed that his administration’s economic goal is

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