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Women’s Trade Fair Held in Mazar-e-Sharif

The second USAID Forward Together: Women in Business regional trade fair ended this week in Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh Province. The three-day event (March 21-23) coincided with this year’s observance of Nowruz.  USAID supports these annual regional trade shows to showcase products

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Lasting Peace Not Possible Without Economic Development

Addressing a gathering in Balkh province, President Ashraf Ghani said the prospect of Afghan peace depends on the country’s economic development. “Peace will come for sure, but the future of peace is related to economic development.  Employment remains to be

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Things You Can Anonymously Ship to Your Enemies—FOR REAL!

These businesses exist around the world and they are making money. Ship your enemies glitter covered horse manure. This is how the company, Ship Your Enemies Glitter, describes their product: “Our custom cupcake presentation, with a farm made horse manure

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Entrepreneur of the Month- Rahiba Rahimi

Rahiba Rahimi, 25, is President and Partner at Laman Clothing Fashion, a leading Afghan fashion label. Laman is a domestically produced clothing line. Her style of work reflects upon Afghan cultural heritage especially crafts and embroidery endorsing in modern versatile

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MoU Signed for $631mn Power Transmission Project and Sheewa Dam

The Afghan government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the implementation of a power transmission project and construction of Sheewa Dam in Badakhshan province in Char chinar Palace on Tuesday. Funded by Aga Khan Fund, the USD 631 million

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$6.5mn Worth of Contracts Signed to Expand Quality Healthcare in Afghanistan  

Three Indian health organizations signed contracts with an Afghan health company at the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) to expand the provision of quality healthcare in Afghanistan.  The contracts, with an estimated value of $6.5 million, aim to establish a

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Promoting Renewable Energy in Afghanistan

The Sixth Renewable Energy Coordination Committee (RECC) met at the Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) in Kabul this week. About 60 attendees, including government officials and stakeholders from the private and public sector, discussed trending issues in the

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Increasing Women’s Participation in Afghanistan’s Extractive Sector

The Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) conducted an event themed ‘Increased Participation of Women in the Extractive Industry’ related to International Women’s Day. The activity brought together female entrepreneurs from the Afghan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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Higher Education Ministry Turns to Solar Energy To Address Power Shortages in Universities

The Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) inaugurated a solar energy system to power their Information Communication Technology (ICT) system. This innovative solution is supported by the USAID. “Electricity shortage disrupts operations that are critical to running university systems,” said Peter

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Afghanistan Exports Saffron, Pistachio to India Via New Air Corridor

Afghanistan exported 1.4 tons of saffron and pistachio from Herat province to India on Monday via the new air corridor space between Herat and New Delhi. “There is a big market for Afghan goods in India. I am confident Afghan

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Women’s Empowerment: The Key to Fighting the Climate Crisis

Written by: Kimberly White When one thinks of solutions to climate change, immediate thoughts may be expanding renewable energy use, reducing deforestation, or opting for EVs vs. traditional vehicles. However, there is another powerful key in the fight against the climate crisis that

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Kabul-New Delhi Flights Through Pakistan to Resume Soon

Following the latest tensions between Pakistan and India, Pakistani authorities shut down their air space to international flights. While Pakistan’s air space opened up for other international flights, the country had kept it closed for Kabul-New Delhi flights. Afghanistan’s national

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State Department Launches the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) has launched the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a new initiative supporting women entrepreneurs around the world. The Academy, in support of the White House-led Women’s Global Development

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ADB Donates $30mn for Reconstruction of Kabul-Kandahar Highway 

Ministry of Public Works announced $30 million donation from the  Asian Development Bank for reconstruction and preservation of Kabul-Kandahar highway. According to the ministry officials, more than  8000 kilometers of roads have been asphalted over the course of one and

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YouTube Channel on At-Home Workouts for Afghan Women

Shamila Kohestani, the former captain of the Afghan Women’s National Football Team, has launched a YouTube channel where she teaches physical activities in Farsi to help women in Afghanistan do exercise at home. There are only a few gyms in

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Women in Business Regional Trade Fair Opens in Herat

The second Forward Together: Women in Business regional trade fair opened today in Herat. The three-day event (March 7-9) coincides with this year’s observance of International Women’s Day. The event is one of three regional trade fairs that USAID supports

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Improving Livelihoods of Afghan Women Through Credit Shura

One of the most difficult challenges for female farmers and women who operate agriculture-related businesses in Afghanistan is access to credit.  In addition, many women often do not understand how credit can help grow their businesses. To address these challenges,

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Afghan Entrepreneur Among 2019 GIST Tech-I Finalists

Afghanistan’s start-up owner, Ali Reza Hussaini, is selected as one of the 24 finalists of the 2019 GIST Tech-I competition. Hussaini is the owner of MEND Afghanistan—an initiative by Afghan youth who have come together to make a difference through

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Afghanistan’s “Real Time Data Management” Contract a Yay or Nay?

The Afghan government recently signed a contract with an American company 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. The news made quite

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Today’s Exchange Rates in Kabul Market

1USD 1 دالر 74.85 1 EUR 1 یورو 84.80 1 POUND 1 پوند 97.80 1 S.RIAL 1 ریال سعودی 19.80 1 UAE DIRHAMS 1 درهم امارات 20.30 1 FRANC 1 فرانک 74.20 1 AUS $ 1 دالر آسترالیا 52.40 1

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Afghanistan Wins at SAARC Women Entrepreneur Awards

Afghan woman entrepreneur Zarghona Walizada won the SAARC Women Entrepreneur Award at the first SAAR Women Entrepreneur Awards hosted in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Walizada is the owner of TacTaz Shipment and Freight Forwarding Company. The first ever SAARC Women Entrepreneur

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Afghanistan Donates $1mn to Palestinians

The Afghan government will contribute USD 1 million in aid to the United Nations Palestinian refugee agency. “Based on our long-standing policy of brotherhood, support and solidarity with our Palestinian brothers and sisters, Afghanistan will make a contribution of one

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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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