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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 agrees to help build Peshawar-Kabul highway

The World Bank has agreed in principle to finance the Peshawar-Kabul highway which will help boost intra-regional trade. According to Pakistan’s Dawn website, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar met with senior officials of the World Bank group in Washington last week

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Afghan women take their place in rural community development

At the Fifth National Consultative Conference of Community Development Councils (CDCs), Fatima Ehsani, 19, drew the attention of participants with her energetic presentation. She confidently addressed senior government officials, including the President, Chief Executive, and ministers, and more than 500

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Afghan government signs 2 agreements worth $128mn with World Bank

The World Bank signed two grant agreements worth USD 128mn with Afghan Ministry of Finance on Saturday. According to a statement from the Finance Ministry, the grants are allocated for two projects: USD 45mn for the On-Farm Water Management Project

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World Bank provides 298 agricultural machineries to Afghanistan

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) has received 298 agriculture machineries worth 73mn from the World Bank (WB). MAIL Minister Asadullah Zamir said the machineries had been procured based on the needs of farmers in Herat, Balkh,

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Donor community pledges to support Afghanistan’s agriculture sector

The officials of the United States and the World Bank have pledged to support Afghanistan’s agriculture sector at a high-level meeting in Washington, said a statement from the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL). Afghan Minister Assadullah Zamir

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Afghanistan’s National Institute of Management & Administration boosts works prospects

The National Institute of Management and Administration (NIMA), established in 2009, has become one of the most attractive centers of youth education in Afghanistan. Today, NIMA has an enrolment of approximately 1,000 students, including nearly 300 female students. NIMA, located

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Afghanistan and World Bank sign USD 12.5mn agreement on improving public pension schemes

The Afghan government signed a USD 12.5mn agreement with the World Bank on continuation of a project to provide safety nets to the country’s poorest people and improve the public pension schemes. “Reforming and upgrading the social safety and pension

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World Bank funds road graveling project in Bamyan

The World Bank (WB) is funding the graveling work on a 20km road in the Foladi Valley of central Bamyan province. Costing 31mn AFN, the road would facilitate about 19,000 people in the valley. Rural Rehabilitation Director Salam Ali Sadiqi

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World Bank grants USD 55mn to support technical and vocational education in Afghanistan

The Ministry of Finance today signed a grant agreement of $55 million with the World Bank. The grant is being provided by the International Development Association (IDA) – the World Bank’s concessional lending arm – to assist Afghan youth to

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World Bank grants USD 100mn to finance Afghanistan’s health program

A US$100 million Grant, to finance the Afghanistan System Enhancement for Health Action in Transition (SEHAT) Program, was signed today between the Ministry of Finance and the World Bank. The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) Grant aims to help

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Afghan Public Works Ministry to implement uplift projects worth USD 3.21mn

The Public Work Ministry has undertaken construction of six bridges and a road in central and northern provinces of Afghanistan. A contract to the effect was signed between the Ministry and private construction companies. Funded by the World Bank, the

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Country Update – The World Bank Group in Afghanistan

The world development report 2013: JOBS  stresses the role of a strong private sector led growth in creating jobs and outlines how jobs that do the most for development can spur a virtuous cycle. The report finds that poverty falls

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Afghanistan Youth to Receive Skills Boost for Better Jobs

The World Bank today approved a $55 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA) to assist Afghan youth to advance their skills and competencies as the country expands its work force. A skilled and employable workforce is important to

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Rightsize military, World Bank asks Kabul

The World Bank (WB) has urged Afghanistan, which is preparing for a sustainable economy after 2014 when foreign troops are expected to withdraw, to prioritise national programmes and rightsize its military. The bank also urged foreign donors not only to

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