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Afghanistan’s Rice Harvest Reaches 440,000 Tons in 2020

Afghanistan’s overall rice yield has reached 440,000 tons in 2020, indicating a 15% rise from last year’s harvest. The figures are based on a survey conducted by the Central Statistics Bureau and the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL)

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Pakistan Refuses Access to India Through Wagah Border

Afghanistan and Pakistan are expected to ink the fresh Afghan Transit Trade (ATT) agreement and the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) by the end of January 2021. However, Islamabad has refused to allow access to India through Wagah border. “We hope

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China to Build Over 600,000 5G Base Stations Next Year

The Chinese government plans to build more than 600,000 5G base stations in 2021, reports Xinhua news. The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information will promote the construction and application of 5G networks in an orderly manner, accelerate the 5G

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An Institute for Afghanistan’s Robotics Team to Open in Kabul University

The Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) of Afghanistan and the Digital Citizen Fund , have signed an agreement on the establishment of an institute for Afghanistan’s robotics team. According to the agreement, “The Dreamers” institute will be built on

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Afghan Private Sector To Invest in Products Made by Afghan Girls Robotics Team

Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) has said that the Afghan private sector is ready to invest in the products made by the Afghan Girls Robotics team.  The Afghan Girls Robotics team has so far built a ventilator, robots

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Turkmenistan To Export More Electricity To Afghanistan

Turkmenistan has agreed to increase the supply of electricity to Afghanistan in Serhetabat-Gerat-Turgundi and Rabatkashan-Kalainau areas. According to Orient News, Turkmen President Berdimuhamedov has already signed a resolution on enhanced power exports to Afghanistan. Contracts on the Turkmen electricity supply

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China Builds The World’s Fastest Freight Train

A bullet freight train with a maximum operational speed of 350 km per hour is delivered by CRRC Tangshan Co., Ltd. in Tangshan, north China’s Hebei Province on Dec. 23, 2020. According to Xinhua news, it is the first freight

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US Congress Reaches an Agreement on a New COVID19 Rescue Package

U.S. Congress has agreed to pass another COVID-19 reliefe package and the bill will be passed soon, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Congress has just reached an agreement. We will pass another rescue package ASAP,” the top Republican

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42% of Afghan Population is in Emergency Levels of Food Insecurity

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Over the past five years, the food security situation in Afghanistan has steadily deteriorated with the percentage of food insecure people doubling (from 37 per cent in September 2015 to 76

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Qatari Charity Foundation to Build a Multi-Million Dollar Residential Complex in Kabul

The Al-Gharrafah Charity Foundation is going to build a residential complex with 768 housing units in the fifth district of Kabul city. An agreement to that effect was signed between officials from Al-Gharrafah and the Afghan Ministry of  Ministry of

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Afghanistan, Czech & Slovakia Establish a Joint Chamber of Commerce

Afghan Ambassador to Czech Republic Shahzad Aryubi said a join chamber of commerce has been established with Czech and Slovakia republics. This is part of the Afghan government’s efforts to strengthen economic ties with other countries, said Aryubi in phone

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“Peace in Afghanistan will bring economic opportunities”

Acting US Ambassador to Kabul Ross Wilson has said that a lasting peace in Afghanistan will create great economic opportunities.   “#PeaceforAfghanistan will bring economic opportunities for displaced people and all Afghan citizens. Peace will increase trade, improving employment prospects,

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Afghanistan Produces Over 2500 Tons of Persimmon

Afghanistan has produced over 2500 tons of persimmon this year, according to the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock. Persimmon is mainly grown in eastern provinces of Afghanistan: Nangarhar, Kunar, and Laghman.   According to the ministry officials, persimmon

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WOMEN’S BUSINESS PROGRAMS AND THEIR ROLE IN PEACEBUILDING IN AFGHANISTAN

Manizha Wafeq, the Co-founder and President of the Afghanistan Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AWCCI), offers with this article a case study of the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS (PTB) program and the events which led to the creation of the

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COVID-19 Pandemic Inflicts $100mn Loss on Afghan Aviation Sector

The Afghan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) has reported that the aviation sector has suffered an estimated USD 100 million loss due to the global pandemic that imposed border closures and restrictions. Meanwhile, CAA head Mohammad Qasim Wafaizada assured that several

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Spinzar Oil Processing Enterprise to Resume Operations

The Afghan government has helped revive the Spinzar oil processing enterprise in Kunudz province through the purchase of five new machineries. The machineries, with a capacity to process 10 tons of oil in 24 hours, were purchased as part of

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Afghanistan and Iran Officially Inaugurate Khaf-Herat Railway

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani virually inaugurated the Khaf-Herat railway on Thursday. The 220-km railway, connecting the Afghan city of Herat to Mashhad in Iran and on to Turkey, is described as the vein

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Pine Production Reaches 85 Tons in Kapisa Province

Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) has reported that pine nuts production in north-eastern Kapisa province. According to the officials, about two thousands hectares of land in Kapisa province are covered by pine nut forests.  Most of these

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67 Mining Projects to be Offered for Bidding

The High Economic Council (HEC) has approved 67 mining projects out of 108 proposed sites. “These projects would soon be offered for bidding in accordance with rules and regulations of the Ministry of Mining and Petroleum,” said Minister Mohammad Haroon

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Pakistan to Build a Rail Link with Afghanistan

Pakistani government plans to build a railway track from Chaman to Spin Boldak, the first Afghan town near the Pak-Afghan border. This was announced by Pakistan’s Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashed Ahmed at a press conference in Quetta on Friday.

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Banking Data Row Could Cost Afghanistan $200mn Aid from World Bank

The World Bank has threatened to halt $200 million worth of aid to Afghanistan if Da Afghanistan Bank, the nation’s central bank, withholds banking data. According to sources, the World Bank has stated the issues in a letter dated Nov

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350 Fish Farms Built Across Afghanistan This Year

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock says that this year 350 fish farms have been built in 34 provinces by the Ministry of Agriculture and the private sector. According to Khalil Forough, director of fish farming at the Ministry

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25 Date Gardens to be Established in Kandahar

The department of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock in Kandahar has reported that work on the establishment of 25 commercial  date gardens has kicked off.  “This 2 million AFN project and will be established in 3 districts of the province,” said head

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