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Pakistan further intensifies restrictions on borders with Afghanistan

The Pakistani government announced extra security measures and border restrictions on its borders with Afghanistan following a deadly attack on a Sufi shrine in Sindh province on Thursday. Pakistan’s enforcement of new border restrictions has led to uncertainties within the

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Afghanistan ranked 163rd by the Index of Economic Freedom of Heritage Foundation

Afghanistan  has made its first entry in the annual Index of Economic Freedom of The Heritage Foundation and is ranked 163rd place out of 186 countries. This comes after Afghanistan became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in

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International Chamber of Commerce opens office in Kabul

The Office of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) was formally inaugurated in Kabul on Thursday in presence of senior government officials, including deputy foreign minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai. Addressing the ceremony, Karzai said the ICC office in the capital

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IMF calls on international community to rise to returning refugees challenge in Afghanistan

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) called on the international community to assist Afghanistan with the financial burden caused by the influx of refugees. “While the Afghan government works to strengthen internal coordination and strategic planning, the international community also needs

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Afghanistan, China sign $204.9mn road construction deal

Afghanistan awarded the Dara-e-Suf to Yakawlang road project to a Chinese firm after its bid of USD 204.9mn was approved by the Afghan government. An agreement to that effect was signed by Afghan Public Works Minister Mahmoud Baligh in the

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Ghani suspends telecom minister over tax probe

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani suspended Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Abdul Razaq Wahidi on Sunday following an audit into the collection of a 10% tax on mobile phone topups. A spokesperson for the ministry, Yasin Samim, said the president’s

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Over 200 experts from all over Afghanistan attend M&E forum in Kabul

The very first national results-based monitoring and evaluation (M&E) forum took place in Kabul on Thursday, financed by the Afghan-German Cooperation’s project Monitoring, Evaluation and Communication and conducted by the Afghan Ministry of Economy (MoEc). About 200 M&E experts from

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Afghanistan receives $83.5mn from WB for bringing reforms

The Afghan Ministry of Finance announced receiving USD 83.5mn in incentive funds from the World Bank on Monday. “The donation from the World Bank is based on Afghanistan’s commitments to successfully implement reforms in key sector,” said the statement from

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Afghanistan more conducive for business today: Ambassador Mohib

Afghan Ambassador to the US, Dr. Hamdullah Mohib, spoke about the efforts and measures underway to boost private investment in Afghanistan at the 12th business matchmaking conference organized by the Afghan-American Chambers of Commerce. He said the landscape for business

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90 schools in Kunduz province receive 1,000 chalkboards

The German government funded purchase of 1,000 new chalk boards worth nearly AFN 3 million for 90 schools in seven districts of Kunduz The boards have been distributed during the last two weeks and are now available to over 135,000

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Draft agreement on five nation Lapis-Lazuli route signed

The draft agreement on the five nation Lapis-Lazuli agreement was signed on Wednesday between Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. The route will provide the shortest  route for Afghanistan to the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. The draft agreement

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USAID extends budget for Afghan agricultural exports

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a three-year extension to its 2010-2016 Commercial Horticulture and Agricultural Marketing Program (CHAMP) to widen its geographic coverage in Afghanistan and reach more international markets. The extension added nearly $16 million to

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WFP provides emergency assistance to Afghanistan’s returnees

As Afghanistan struggles with growing numbers of returnees from Pakistan and people displaced internally by conflict, the World Food Program (WFP) has launched a nine month operation to provide emergency food and cash. Since July the number of returning refugees

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120 Afghan engineers complete seminar on construction survey methods & instruments

Following last year’s training on topographical surveys, 120 engineers from technical departments from the six Northern provinces in Afghanistan participated in the seminar on construction survey methods and instruments. The German funded program “Regional Infrastructure Development Fund” (RIDF) provided technical

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AISA employees go on strike over salary suspension

About 100 employees of the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) went on strike over suspension of their salaries. According to AISA staff, the process of AISA merger into the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) has led to suspension of

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UNAMA calls for resolving Afghanistan’s water disputes peacefully

The UNAMA Report, titled Water Right: An Assessment of Afghanistan’s Legal Framework Governing Water for Agriculture, underscores the need for more effective and transparent means of resolving Afghanistan’s water disputes. “As this report clearly outlines, the stakes involved in water

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175 development projects implemented in Laghman province

Under the Maintenance Cash Grant (MCG) Initiative of the National Solidarity Program (NSP), 175 development projects have been implemented in Mahtarlam, the center of Laghman province. The projects are implemented at a total cost of AFN 84,192,000 and include: the

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Afghan government and USAID team up to enhance workplace skills of women

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior (MoI) initiatied a partnership through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support President Ghani’s job stimulus initiative through three USAID/Promote programs. The programs, Women

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Afghanistan welcomes foreign investors to invest in energy sector

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Energy and Water, organized a two-day Energy Business Opportunities Conference in Dubai, on September 18 – 19, 2016. More than 200 participants representing Middle Eastern ,

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Afghan government signs 86 mining contracts with private companies

The Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum has signed 86 mining contracts with different private sector companies during the past four months. Addressing a press conference on Tuesday in Kabul, Ministry spokesperson Mohaiuddin Noori said 86 contracts for small and

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USAID supports Afghanistan’s “farmer-focused” approach to develop agriculture

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock of Afghanistan (MAIL) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed agreements on Monday to roll out new agricultural projects and extend a few ongoing initiatives. This partnership will contribute to the

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Upcoming Brussels conference to focus on Afghanistan’s stability, regional cooperation and economic reforms

On 5 October 2016, the European Union and the Government of Afghanistan will co-host the Brussels conference on Afghanistan. This event will gather up to 70 countries and 30 international organizations and agencies. It will provide a platform for the

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Alokozay company to invest $350mn in six factories in Afghanistan

Alokozay Group of Companies, one of the leading Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies in the world, received 144 acres of land from the Afghan government to construct six factories at a total cost of USD 350mn. An agreement to

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Access to higher education to unleash potential in Afghan women

The Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Michael Raynor, Afghanistan’s Minister of Higher Education (MoHE) Dr. Farida Momand, Minister of Women’s Affairs H.E. Delbar Nazari, Minister of Labor, Social Affairs,  Martyrs & Disabled H.E.

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US pledges $3bn to support Afghan security forces from 2018 to 2020

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson announced Tuesday that the US plans to provide USD 1bn a year in support for the Afghan national security forces from 2018 through 2020. Addressing the Atlantic Council, Olson also confirmed

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