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Work on Pashdan Dam in Herat Resumes After 3 Years of Pause

The Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water has informed that work on construction of Pashdan Dam in Herat province has resumed and is expected to be completed within the next three years. Abdullah Qazizada, an official from the ministry, said

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NGO Jobs Up By 7% in Afghanistan

Employment in the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have increased by 7%, according to an annual report published by the Afghan Ministry of Economy. Addressing a media conference at the Government Media and Information Center, Minister Dr. Mustafa Mastoor said the purpose

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Thousands of Tourists Visiting the Ancient Herat City

Twenty five thousand tourists–of which 500 were foreigners from 28 different countries– visited the ancient and historical places of Herat in the past one year. Provincial cultural officials of Herat said they are striving to expand the tourism industry by

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Ministry of Economy Launches Monitoring & Reporting Database in Southern Afghanistan

Afghan Ministry of Economy introduced a monitoring and reporting database to officials from the provinces of Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul and Urozgan on Wednesday. In a two-day training, 15 government officials learned to use the database that provides information on development

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Afganistan’s National Institute of Music Receives Prestigious Polar Music Prize

Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, founder of Afghanistan’s National Institute of Music,  accepted prestigious Polar Music Prize from the hands of His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at a ceremony held at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm on Thursday evening.

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SDGs Workshop on Agriculture and Natural Resources Management Held Across Afghanistan

The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) are set to conduct workshops across seven regions in Afghanistan.

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Afghan gov’t approves Doshi-Bamiyan power transmission contract

The 220kV Doshi-Bamiyan power transmission contract was approved by the National Procurement Commission along with 11 other contracts worth 7.3bn Afghanis on Sunday. Contract for construction of the electricity distribution network in Bamiyan province was among the approved contracts. Other

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Afghan women leaders discuss country’s progress in D.C.

A delegation of Afghan women officials led a discussion about the role of the new generation of Afghan women leaders in the country’s progress at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. They shared their  personal stories and their roles and

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Visa on arrival for foreign investors coming to Afghanistan

The Afghan government has officially launched issuing visa on arrival at the Hamid Karzai International Airport (Kabul Airport) to foreign investors in an effort to boost foreign investment in the country. Bret Dalton, an American businessman who is going to

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3rd Afghanistan-Iran economic meeting to be held in March

The third economic meeting of Afghanistan and Iran’s Joint Economic Committee is going to be held in March 2018 in Tehran. The two parties are expected to confer on opportunities for joint investment in different sector to help boost trade

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Private sector discusses reform strategies for Afghan mining sector

USAID on Wednesday hosted the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) and more than 80 private sector business leaders at the U.S. Embassy to discuss reform strategies and business openings for the Afghan mining sector. Afghan government officials, including Acting

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India, Afghanistan sign aid package worth $31mn

The Indian government has pledged to provide USD 31mn worth of aid package for the implementation of 108 new development projects in Afghanistan. An agreement to that effect was signed between the Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Manprett Vohra and different

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World Blank provides $100mn in aid package to Afghanistan

The Afghan government and the World Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a new aid package worth USD 100mn which will be used to support the financial sector in Afghanistan. An agreement to that effect was signed between

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American University of Afghanistan opens new women’s dormitory  

A new dormitory, designed to house 200 female students, was inaugurated today by U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John R. Bass, USAID Assistant to the Administrator for Afghanistan and Pakistan Gregory Huger, and American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) Registrar Dr. Julie

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Inauguration of One-Stop Shop at Kabul Airport

In a major step toward facilitating exports by air, the Afghan government inaugurated a One-Stop Shop (OSS) in the Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) Customs Zone with the support of USAID’s Afghanistan Trade and Revenue Project. USAID support focused on

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Turkmenistan cuts electricity price for Afghanistan

Turkmenistan will reduce the price of electricity imported to Afghanistan, according to statement from CEO Abdullah Abdullah’s office. The announcement was made during the meeting between visiting Turkmenistan Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Rasit Meredow with CEO Abdullah Abdullah.

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USAID raises women’s awareness about agricultural credit in Herat

One of the most difficult challenges for female farmers and women operating agriculture-related businesses in Afghanistan is access to credit. In addition, many women often do not understand how credit can help support the growth and expansion of their businesses.

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World Bank’s IFC to acquire equity stake in Afghanistan International Bank

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank, is looking to invest in the Afghanistan International Bank (AIB) with an aim to help the Afghan bank boost its commercial lending and financial inclusion. Afghanistan’s per capita income

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India provides $2.87mn to support Kabul’s transport system

India provides USD 2.87mn to Afghanistan for repairing of 350 buses that will help in strengthening the public transport system of Kabul. An MoU to that effect was signed between Afghan Transport Minister Hameed Tahmasi and Indian ambassador to Afghanistan,

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Germany provides AFN 6.4bn in funds to Afghanistan

The Afghan government and the German KfW Development Bank signed a financial agreement on Thursday. As per the agreement Germany provides AFN 6.44 billion funds to the Afghan state. The budget will be allocated to the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund

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Afghanistan’s economy to grow from 2.2% to 2.6% in 2017

Afghanistan’s economic growth is projected to increase slightly to 2.6 percent in 2017 from 2.2 percent in 2016 as the country’s deteriorating security weighs on the economy, according to the latest Afghanistan Development Update series released today by the World

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World Bank Group Youth Summit 2016 winners build two computer labs in Afghanistan

This time last year, more than 400 excited youth filled the Preston Auditorium for the World Bank Group Youth Summit 2016: Rethinking Education for the New Millennium. After receiving 875 submissions from young entrepreneurs, the Youth Summit Organizing Committee (YSOC)

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RECCA VII’s first day focuses on role of women in economic development

The 7th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan, also known as RECCA VII, has kicked off in Asghabat, capital city of Turkmenistan. Delegation from over 40 countries are participating to discuss economic cooperation and ways to rebuild Afghanistan as the

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Leaders from 40 countries to discuss Afghanistan’s economic development in Turkmenistan

The Seventh Regional Economic Cooperation Conference (RECCA VII) ministerial meeting is scheduled on November 14-15, 2017 in Ashgabat-Turkmenistan. Political and business leaders from 40 countries are going to discuss economic cooperation and ways of attracting private investment to Afghanistan. Organized

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15,000 residents from development projects in Badakhshan

Three infrastructure projects in the districts Yaftal-e Payan, Darayem and Argo of Badakhshan were completed. Funded by the Afghan-German Cooperation’s program Regional Capacity Development (RCD), these projects include the construction of a bridge, a protection wall as well as the

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