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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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Ten Afghan Firms Attend Turkey Trade Fair

Ten firms from Afghanistan attended an international trade fair attended by 500 global companies in Istanbul. Afghan businesses displayed saffron and dried fruits at the exhibition. “Turkey has always been a good market for the Afghan products like food and

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Sri Lanka Explores Exporting Ceylon Tea to Afghanistan

Sri Lanka tea company, Value Group Plantations, has expressed interest in exporting ceylon tea to Afghanistan. The Sri Lankan company’s director met with Afghan Ambassador M Haidari to discuss tea exports to Afghanistan, also has discussed the Value Group’s other

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Institutional Entrepreneurship in Afghanistan: How Afghan Merchants and Afghan Judges Negotiate Innovative Financing Solutions

By Haroun RahimiFormal institutions in Afghanistan have failed to offer credit in a way that works for the Afghan context. As a result, only a small percentage of Afghan merchants use bank loans. Despite the failure of formal institutions, Afghan

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Afghanistan Receives 100 State-of-the-Art Ventilators from USAID to Help Combat COVID-19

The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), donated 100 state-of-the-art ventilators to assist Afghanistan in its fight against COVID-19. The ventilators will be distributed to hospitals in the provinces most affected by COVID-19. This donation

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EU Pledges €1.2 billion Over 2021–2025 Period to Afghanistan

The European Union reconfirmed its commitment to Afghanistan at the 2020 Afghanistan Conference “Peace, Prosperity and Self-Reliance”, pledging support of €1.2 billion over the period 2021–2025 in both long-term and emergency assistance. “With intra-Afghan peace negotiations having started, but terrible

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International Community Renews Commitment to Afghanistan at 2020 Afghanistan Conference

International community renews its long-term commitment to the people of Afghanistan with significant pledges at the conference. Afghanistan and international partners commit to shared development objectives for 2021–2024, and adopt a communique calling for an end to the war and

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The Role of Public-Private Partnership Towards Peace & Prosperity in Afghanistan

In the context of the 2020 Afghanistan Conference, the European Union (EU) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) today co-hosted an international virtual meeting to discuss the contribution of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) towards peace and prosperity in Afghanistan. The event

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Challenges Facing Afghan Entrepreneurs

The week of November 16-22 marked the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) in Kabul. GEW is a celebration of innovators who dream big and launch startups that bring ideas to life. Each November, GEW reaches millions of people of all ages

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Today’s Exchange Rates in Kabul Market

1USD دالر 1 76.95 1 EUR 1 یورو 90.20 1 POUND 1 پوند 100 1 S.RIAL 1 ریال سعودی 20.20 1 UAE DIRHAMS 1 درهم امارات 20.25 1 FRANC 1 فرانک 82.80 1 AUS $ 1 دالر آسترالیا 54.70 1

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Afghanistan’s Newspaper Etilaaz Roz Nominated for 2020 Anti-Corruption Award

Afghan journalist Zaki Daryabi, Editor-in-Chief of newspaper Etilaat Roz, is among the list of shortlisted nominees for the 2020 Anti-Corruption Award selected by the Anti-Corruption Committee of Transparency International. Transparency International has shortlisted four nominees for the 2020 Anti-Corruption Award

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Fiscal Implications of COVID-19 in Afghanistan

COVID-19 pandemic has set back Afghanistan’s economic growth by several years. It exposed structural and resource gaps in responding to unforeseen events such as pandemics. The country had to reallocate resources from long-term development priorities to fighting this health crisis.

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“Insomnia” – Deutsche Welle Campaign Promotes Freedom & Human Rights

With a new short film, Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle highlights what keeps autocrats up at night: a free and independent press.   For more than 50 years, DW has supported unbiased information and democratic values in over 180 countries worldwide. A working, independent press plays

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15% Increase in Afghanistan’s Exports Through Air Corridors

Despite the spread of the coronavirus in Afghanistan and other countries over the past nine months, Afghanistan’s exports have increased this year, according to the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI). Afghanistan exported 2,700 tons of goods last year,

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Asian Countries Bounce Back From COVID-19

Asian economies are leading the way for a global economic recovery after being severely hit by the lockdowns. As one of the largest manufacturers of laptops, communication equipment and other electronics, Asian countries are enjoying the “Zoom boom”—a phrase that

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Bamyan’s 2nd Airport To Be Established Soon

The Afghan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) has started the survey work in Dasht-e-Shibarto area of Bamyan where the province’s second airport will be built.  The project will help facilitate domestic flights and improve the tourism sector.  Bamiyan is one of the

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Aga Khan to Restore Herat’s Ancient Minaret

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has committed to restore an ancient minaret in the city of Herat. Presidential spokesperson Sediq Seddiqi said AKDN in a letter to President Ghani has vowed to help the Afghan government in restoration and

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CoST Afghanistan Reports On Challenges in Implementing 16 National Infrastructure Projects

CoST Afghanistan report on transparency and accountability on the National Infrastructure Projects, highlights key challenges in the implementation and disclosure of project information.   According to the report’s findings, the Government of Afghanistan has prioritized 16 National infrastructure projects in the

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Japan Contributes $9mn to Support UNICEF Efforts in Afghanistan

Japan has pledged 940mn Yen (equivalent to $9mn) to UNICEF to support emergency needs of Afghan children and women. An agreement to that effect was signed between Chargé de’ Affaires Takahashi Yoshiaki and UNICEF representative in Kabul Shima Sen Gupta

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Badakhshan’s Walnut Production Down 50% Due to Climate Change

Agriculture officials in Badakhshan have reported a 50% reduction in walnut production in the province due to climate change. “Walnut production in Badakhshan is 50% lower than previous years due to climate change and untimely cold weather,” said Kaikawos Taksari,

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Afghan Finance Ministry Collects Over 7bn AFN in Revenue in Two Weeks

The Afghan Finance Ministry has reported collecting 7.17bn Afghanis in revenue in the past 15 days, bringing the total revenue amount for this year to around 143bn Afghanis. The breakdown of the collected revenue is reported as follows: 394mn AFN

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Bakhtar, Afghanistan’s 2nd National Airlines Resume Operations

Bakhtar Airlines, which ceased operations at the start of the civil war in 1992, has resumed its operations under the name of “Afghan Bakhtar Alwatana”. The airline company currently owns one aircraft and plans to have two more in the

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A Road Project in Takhar Benefits 36,000 People

The reconstruction of a two-kilometer road in Taloqan District of Takhar Province kicked off on Saturday. Funded by the Afghan-German Cooperation’s Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF), the project costs about AFN 109 million. The reconstruction project starts at Pule-e-Jalat Village

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Entrepreneur of the Month: Nafas Gul Jami

Nafas Gul Jami is an entrepreneur and successful businesswoman in Herat. She has trained hundreds of women in carpet weaving, embroidery and food processing. Jami began her business with embroidery during the Taliban, and today she’s become a well-known figure

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