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Afghanistan Signs Contract To Establish Transparency In Phone Top-Up Tax Collection

The Afghan government signed a contract on the establishment of the Real Time Data Management System that will ensure transparency in the collection of the 10% tax on mobile phone top-ups. This comes 3 years after the 10% tax on

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Private Sector Involvement In Afghan Energy Production

The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Energy Sector Improvement Program (ESIP) conducted a workshop at Serena Hotel in Kabul on Wednesday.  The workshop aimed at identifying and assessing the private sector’s needs for fulfilling its role in promoting Afghan energy production.  In total,

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$1.2mn Donation From Japan For Mine Clearance Projects in Afghanistan

The Embassy of Japan in Afghanistan announced its new contribution to two demining projects in Parwan, Kapisa and Nangarhar provinces. An agreement to that effect was signed between Keiichi Hara, Chargé d’ Affaires ad interim of the Embassy of Japan

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China Becomes Russia’s Biggest Trade Partner

China became the biggest business partner of Russia with 24.5 percent increase in business transactions. Trade turnover between the two neighbors reached USD 108.3 billion in 2018 Before China, European countries like Germany, Netherlands, Belarus and Italy were the biggest

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Afghan Agricultural Exports Attract Investors at Gulfood 2019

Exporters of Afghan high-value food showcased their products for international buyers from February 17 to 21 at the Gulfood Exhibition, the world’s largest food and beverage trade show. About 27 businesses displayed Afghanistan’s finest fruits, saffron, nuts, spices, vegetables, and

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Afghanistan Sends Its First Shipment to India via Chabahar

Afghanistan’s first shipment was sent to India from the western Nimroz province through the Chabahar port on Sunday. The shipment contained 570 tons of goods carried by 23 trucks. Addressing the inaugural ceremony on Sunday, President Ghani said the Chabahar

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Afghanistan Exports $47mn Worth of Figs This Year

Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) said that Afghanistan has produced about 25,000 tons of figs this year. According to the figures form the ministry, USD 47 million worth of figs have been exported to India, UAE, Europe

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E-Governance Center in Afghanistan—A step Toward Combating Corruption

For the first time Afghanistan will try e-governance services that can ease many governmental services to people.  This center will handle many services, including the delivery of ID cards, driving license, work license, passport and certificates.  It’s a major step

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Japan Contributes $13mn To Help Drought Victims

A generous contribution of US$13 million (¥1.44 billion) from the Government of Japan enhanced WFP’s provision of life-saving assistance through food and cash transfers to more than 675,000 people across Afghanistan.  This contribution that came at the end of 2018

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Afghanistan Signs Contracts Worth $12mn At GulfFood Expo

Exporters of high-value Afghan food products are showcasing their goods for international buyers this week at the Gulfood Exhibition, the world’s largest food and beverage trade show. Over 50 Afghan businesses are attending the five-day exhibition in Dubai from February

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Afghan Exports on Display at World’s Largest Food Fair–GulFood 2019

Exporters of high-value Afghan food products will showcase their goods for international buyers this week at the Gulfood Exhibition, the world’s largest food and beverage trade show. Over 50 Afghan businesses are attending the five-day exhibition in Dubai from February

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Afghanistan’s First Convoy of Goods Arrive in Herat Via Lapis Lazuli

Nearly two months ago five trucks loaded with 180 tons of Afghan products and goods were sent off sent from Herat to Turkey for its final destination to Europe. Two months later these trucks have returned bringing back oil, solar

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Japan Willing to Assist in Modernizing Afghanistan’s Agriculture

A group of 28 Afghan investors have attended the GulFood 2019 agricultural expo in Dubai. The Afghan part of this expo was inaugurated by Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Nasir Ahmad Durandish, on Sunday. On the sidelines of the

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Trip to Mars Will Cost $500,000

The SpaceX company announced in a tweet that the first passengers space ship will launch in 2024 and it will cost a little less than $500,000. Elon Musk owner of SpaceX company said they were trying to decrease rate of

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Afghanistan Added to EU’s Dirty-Money Blacklist

Afghanistan is among the European Commission’s blacklist of nations that are considered a threat because of poor money laundering controls. Saudi Arabia, Panama and four U.S. territories are added to the list. Other states included are: North Korea, Ethiopia, Iran,

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China to Build Up Afghanistan-Pakistan border crossings

The Chinese government has decided to build modern reception centers, cold storage rooms and fresh water supplies on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border crossings. Chines delegations said the modernization of the pathways is to provide better services for trade convoys and the

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European Commission Recognizes Afghan Woman As Leading Young Peace-Builder

Young Afghan woman Ayesha Hashem has been selected as one of the leading young peace-builders to represent Afghanistan in the One Young World—an initiative dedicated to preventing and countering violence extremism, promoting peace-building efforts and conflict resolution. The initiative, run

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Nengarhar Bans Fish Imports From Pakistan

Over 2 thousand hatcheries exist in different parts of Afghanistan, with 250 of them operating in eastern provinces(Nengarhar, Laghman and Konar) . Saeed Nader, in charge of hatcheries in Nangarhar Agriculture and Livestock department said to VOA: “We have harvested

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AfghanX-the First Online Learning Experience in Afghanistan

The Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) have started an international online learning service called MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).Operating with the motto of “Knowledge is Ability”, MOOCs is a course of study made available over the internet without charges to

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Over $77mn Worth of Investment in the Country by Afghan Women Entrepreneurs

According to latest figures released by the Afghanistan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industries (AWCCI), investments by women entrepreneurs amount to more than $77 million.  Figures show that 1,150 women entrepreneurs have invested in different businesses in the country over

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Afghanistan to Participate in Multiple Exhibitions in Lapis Lazuli Member Countries

A group of 1000 Afghan investors will be participating in multiple exhibitions to display Afghanistan’s products in Lapis Lazuli members countries. The exhibitions will be held in Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and turkey in the next two months. Afghan products such

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Spain, Iran and Afghanistan are World’s Top 3 Saffron Producers

Afghanistan becomes world’s third largest saffron exporting and producing country. The country produced 16 tons of saffron this solar year and exported 13 tons. The spice was cultivated in 28 provinces, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock

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World Bank Signs a $325mn Financial Package Deal with Afghanistan

The World Bank and Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan signed a new financial package of USD 325mn in grants on Wednesday. The grants will help strengthen economic and job opportunities in cities with a high influx of displaced people, support

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Newly Reconstructed Road in Balkh Benefits 134,000 People

The newly reconstructed Dasht-e Shor Road in Nahr-e Shahi District, Balkh Province was officially inaugurated by provincial officials and representatives of the Afghan-German Cooperation on Wednesday. The road benefits more than 134,000 people.  Balkh’s Department of Rural Rehabilitation and Development

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3 Afghan Banks to Open Branches in Chabahar

Three Afghan banks have applied for opening branches in southeastern Iranian port of Chabahar, according to Iran’s Chabahar Free Trade Zone Organization. “Most of the Iranian banks have established branches in the strategic zone of Chabahar, and the Afghans can

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