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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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More Afghan farmers turning to soybean to fight malnutrition

For the past 12 years, Nutrition & Education International (NEI), an international non-governmental organization funded by the Republic of Korea, has significantly improved the health and well-being of thousands of malnourished women and children throughout Afghanistan – all with the

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Delegates meet in Kabul to list priorities for upcoming RECCA summit agenda

Delegates from RECCA-affiliated countries attended a Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) meeting on Monday in Kabul, hosted by Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), to draw up the blueprint for the upcoming RECCA summit in November 2017. Projects

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International community pledges continued political & financial support for Afghanistan

Afghan government officials briefed delegations from 29 countries and donor institutions on various issues including government’s efforts to combat corruption, increase national revenue and implement reforms in government institutions at the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) in Kabul. President

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Afghans turning to US dollar for major business deals

The use of US dollar is becoming more prevalent among Afghan businessmen as Afghani currency remains unstable. Local businessmen find US dollar a more stable currency and use it in major deals including car deals, house purchases and land transactions.

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Shops being built on land taken back from illegal gunmen in Maimana

The Afghan government is building 27 shops on state-owned that was grabbed by illegal gunmen 16 years ago. The shops are being built in the first police district of Maimana city, capital of northern Faryab province, at a total cost

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Turkmenistan begins preparation for building Afghan section of TAPI

Turkmenistan has completed evaluation of the much-awaited Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline and is preparing for building the Afghan section of the pipeline, announced chairman of the project, Muhummet Murat Amanov, on Thursday at the “TAPI and Its Impacts on the

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Regional countries pledge to enhance ties

Leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan attended the tripartite meeting in Dushanbe and pledged to enhance ties. The three leaders appreciated the shared historic, religious and cultural values and bonds between the peoples of the three countries, emphasized the importance

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Bank of America and IEEW team up to support women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan & Rwanda

The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW) and Bank of America have renewed their partnership on the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program to support women entrepreneurs in Rwanda and Afghanistan. More than 600 women entrepreneurs from Rwanda and Afghanistan have

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1,200 chalk boards for 185 schools in Baghlan Province

The Afghan-German Cooperation handed over 1,200 new chalkboards to 185 schools in 15 districts of Baghlan province. More than 80,000 students will now benefit from classrooms equipped with proper boards. The German government funded the activity at a total cost

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Australian firm to work on 2nd phase of Salang tunnel

The Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) announced on Monday that the contract for the second phase of Salang tunnel was awarded to an Australian company. Funded by the Asian Development Bank, the USD 30mn contract is to conduct technical and

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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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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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Afghanistan is out of international banking gray list

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has finally removed Afghanistan from the international banking gray list after five years. Afghanistan’s central bank, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), has managed to fulfill all FATA conditions in order to be removed from the

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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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Kabul to have its first metro bus system

Kabul municipality unveiled the city’s first metro bus system– the first major urban public transportation scheme in the country– on Thursday. The first phase of the project, running from Sarai Shamali to Baraki Square, will be operational in 2018. According

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Afghanistan receives $500mn finance package from World Bank

The World Bank today announced a financing package for Afghanistan of more than $500 million to help the country through a difficult phase in its struggle to end poverty and to signal a long-term commitment to the country’s people. The

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First Afghan women’s magazine turns page on cultural traditions

A group of Afghan women volunteers has launched Afghanistan’s first-ever  women’s magazine, Gellara, with features on fashion, make-up and even adverts about birth control. The first edition of Gellara has been out in the market and has received applause and

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World Bank funds 8 greenhouses in Uruzgan province

Eight greenhouses have been recently built in different areas of Tirinkot, the provincial capital of central Uruzgan province. Funded by the World Bank, the greenhouses are built on 2,850 square meters of land at a total cost of 29 million

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Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Iran promise to bolster economic cooperation with Afghanistan

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with the leaders of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Iran on the sidelines of the Shanghai Summit which was held in Astana, Kazakhstan. According to a statement from the presidential palace, President Ghani discussed expansion of Afghanistan’s

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Afghanistan, China sign MoUs for railway network, electricity projects

Afghanistan and China have signed Memorandum of Understandings for reconstruction of railway network from Sherkhan Port to Herat and implementation of the electricity project on Kabul-Kunar River. The MoUs were signed on Friday in the presence of President Mohammad Ashraf

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Afghanistan, Turkmenistan discuss electricity projects

Afghanistan’s Energy and Water Minister Ali Ahmad Osmani discussed the latest condition of electricity projects with his Turkmen counterpart on the sideline of Energy Charter meeting, which was held in Ashgabat. According to a statement from the Afghan Energy and

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