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Afghanistan to sign transport agreement with Central Asian States

The Afghan Ministry of Transport announced Saturday that an agreement was under consideration with the Central Asian States to resolve transport related issues on regional level. Addressing a press conference in Mazar-i-Sharif, Transport Ministry spokesperson Hekmatullah Qawanj said an agreement

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121 cold storages for onions established across Kabul

The Afghan government has established 121 cold storages in five districts of Kabul for onions. “It was part of this year’s plan to build cold storages in Kabul’s districts and we plan to build more in the future,” said Minister

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IDB provides $74mn for construction of Kabul Ring Road

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has provided USD 74mn in soft loan for the construction of Kabul Ring Road (KRR) and other related infrastructure. An agreement to that effect was signed between the national economic council, led by President Mohammad

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India commits to 116 new projects in Afghanistan

The Indian government has stepped up its development partnership with Afghanistan by committing to 116 new projects in 31 provinces. The announcement was made during the bilateral talks between Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and his Indian counterpart Suhma Swaraj

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Regional countries to meet in Iran to discuss railway plan

Representatives from regional countries are expected to meet within the next two months in Iran to discuss plans for a new railway line that runs through five countries: Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, China and Iran. According to the Afghanistan Railway Authority,

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Prices of animals soar ahead of Eid-ul-Adha

Residents in Kabul city have complained about the soaring prices of livestock and are finding it hard to purchase animals for sacrifice. Friday, September 1 is declared as the first day of Eid-ul-Adha. Muslims around the world sacrifice animals to

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impACT Kabul Start-Up Conference: 250 Businessmen Learn from Successful Entrepreneurs

Organized by AGHAEZ, BookClub Afghanistan and Philia, the impACT Kabul start-up conference took place in Afghanistan’s capital. Successful Afghan entrepreneurs, including returnees from all over the world, presented their start-up businesses to roughly 250 participants and explained what it takes

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EU approves aid package to Afghanistan worth 100 million Euros

The European Union (EU) approved on Monday an aid package worth 100 million Euros (USD 118 million) under a State Building Contract (SBC) to support implementation of key reforms in Afghanistan. “The allocation approved today is a very tangible demonstration

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Five new infrastructure projects for Badakhshan

Badakshan’s provincial government officially launched the start of five construction projects located in Yaftal, Tagab, Argo, Darayum and the provincial capital Feyzabad on Sunday. The projects include the construction of a protection wall, a bridge and a boundary wall for

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Consultation held in Herat to discuss trade challenges & opportunities

Afghan industry leaders, small business owners and representatives from the public sector met in Herat on August 13 to explore trade-related provincial challenges and solutions that can feed into the ongoing design of the country’s National Export Strategy (NES). The

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Improved irrigation canal to benefit over 7,500 people in Taloqan

Afghan authorities and the Afghan-German Cooperation signed a contract for the reparation and rehabilitation of the Gurg irrigation canal in Taloqan, Takhar’s provincial capital on Monday. The eight kilometres long canal will increase the water supply for the Bangi district.

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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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Afghanistan Chamber of Industries and Mines established to strengthen mining sector

The Afghanistan Chamber of Industries and Mines (ACIM) officially started functioning on Monday, four days after its inauguration by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani. Addressing the press conference, ACIM COO Rahimullah Samandar said the launch of the chamber was vital to

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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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Afghan-India air cargo a “failed process”

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) called the Afghan-India air cargo a “failed process” as at least 120 tons of fruit are waiting for loading for the past 15 days. ACCI deputy chief Khan Jan Alokozay said the

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Afghan apprentices to receive technical and vocational education countrywide

Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Prof. Rahil Muhammad Formuly, together with Senior Advisor to the President, Dr. Mohammad Qayoumi, officially announced the expansion of reformed technical and vocational education for Afghan apprentices on Wednesday.

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Civil service job fair held for Afghan Women

The United States Agency for International Development Mission in Afghanistan (USAID) and the Government of Afghanistan are working together to help with the issue unemployment for Afghan women, which continues to be a challenge. USAID’s Promote: Women in Government project

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Embezzlement remains an issue in Afghan mining industry

Afghanistan’s Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi has called on relevant government organizations to address the issue of embezzlement in the mining sector as incomes are reducing. He alleged that mining industry’s incomes are being embezzled by powerful individuals and urged the

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Kam Air’s new Airbus A340 purchase will help conduct direct flights to US

Afghan private aviation company, Kam Air, has purchased an Airbus 340 airliner to widen their services and boost the aviation industry. Assembled in France, the airbus has the capacity to seat up to 375 passengers in the standard variants and

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Afghanistan harvests over 59,000 tons of cotton annually

The Afghan government has approached industrialists to present their plans and recommendations for way to revive the textile industry in Afghanistan. Afghanistan produces over 59,000 tons of cotton annually, but there are no cotton processing factories in the country. In

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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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Urban governance problems in Afghanistan call for immediate action

Rapid urbanization in Afghanistan has created grave challenges for Afghans, such as lack of access to safe drinking water, waste management resources and social services like healthcare, education and community spaces. In order to create a better understanding of recent

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Afghanistan to present its plans of achieving SDGs in the upcoming UN conference

Afghan Economy Minister Abdul Sattar Murad will be representing Afghanistan in the upcoming UN conference where he will be presenting Afghanistan’s achievements and plans regarding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2015, Afghanistan was committed to implementing and achieving 17

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Germany to use Afghanistan’s lithium in its automotive industry

President Ashraf Ghani suggested using of Afghanistan’s lithium to German President Fank-Walter Steinmeier in Germany’s automotive industry. Steinmeier was on an announced visit in Afghanistan last week to meet German troops in Mazar-e-Sharif. President Ghani welcomed President Steinmeier to Kabul

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Afghan government signs $482.3mn grant with World Bank to fight poverty

The Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance today signed a financing package of $482.3 million in grants with the World Bank to help the country through a difficult phase in its struggle to end poverty. It signals a long-term commitment by both

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