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Afghanistan Drops to 173 Rank from 167 in Doing Business Index

Afghanistan is ranked 173 in in the World Bank’s “Doing Business Report for 2019: Training for Reform”.  Scoring 44.1, Afghanistan’s position has dropped by six points in this year’s index of doing business against last year. According to the report,

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Kandahar Fig Production Up By 25%

Kandahar has produced 50,000 tons of figs this year, indicating a 25% increase from last year. The third in value and production after pomegranates and grapes in Kandahar, figs are annually exported from the provide abroad. According to Kandahar Chamber

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Afghanistan’s Bolani Listed #1 Among World’s Best Breads

Afghanistan’s most famous flatbread called Bolani is declared the number one bread in the world in a travel article by CNN. To mark World Bread Day which was on October 16, 50 of the world’s most wonderful breads are introduced

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Japan Contributes $2.7 MILLION To Boost WFP’S Food Assistance In Afghanistan

WFP welcomes a new contribution of $2.7 million from the Government of Japan which will enable WFP to provide food assistance to food-insecure people in Afghanistan in the coming 12 months.  This generous contribution follows Japan’s humanitarian funding for WFP’s

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Afghanistan’s Pine Nuts Production Up By 10% This Year

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) has predicted pine nuts production to reach up to 24,000 tons this year, which indicates a 10 percent increase from last year’s productions. Planting hundreds and thousands of pine nuts saplings,

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Afghanistan Trade Event Drives Over $55 million in New Business

The 2019 “Passage to Prosperity: India – Afghanistan International Trade and Investment Show,” supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), saw Afghan firms sign deals and pre-contract agreements valued at over $55 million.  In particular, the exhibition yielded

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Torkham Border Opens After 2-day Closure

Pakistani officials announced Monday that Torkham gate was reopened after being closed for two days to secure the Afghan presidential election. The Pakistani government had previously announced that it was temporarily blocking all boundaries and routes between Afghanistan and Pakistan

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Third Annual India-Afghanistan Trade Show Kicks Off in New Delhi

The third annual Passage to Prosperity: India-Afghanistan International Trade and Investment Show was officially inaugurated by U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John R. Bass and representatives of the Indian and Afghan governments and private sector in New Delhi on Tuesday. The

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SAARC Development Fund Disburses $13mn For Purchase of Drukair ATR 42-600

The SAARC Development Fund (SDF) disbursed loan amount USD 13 million to Drukair Corporation Limited for the purchase of Drukair ATR aircraft. This is following the agreement signed between the Ministry of Finance, Royal Government of Bhutan, SDF and Drukair

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New Toolkit To Support Growth of Afghan Women-Owned Businesses

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) introduced a new toolkit for Afghan businesses, especially women-owned businesses, during a September 19, 2019 event in Kabul. An estimated 150 representatives from Afghanistan’s business development service providers and the private sector attended.

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New Power Supply Network in Samangan to Benefit 8,000 Residents

Samangan’s Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) and the Afghan-German Cooperation signed the contract for the construction of a power supply network in the Kokjar area of Hazrat Sultan District, Samangan. More than 8,000 people in the villages of Bamanchi, Malkar,

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Iran To Build Railway in Chabahar Through Own Resources After Delays From India

The Iran government has decided to complete the railway line connecting Chabahar port to the Afghan border at Zahedan through its own resources by 2021. This comes as Iran finds India’s development work in Chabahar port “very slow”. Iran further

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Afghan Transportation Ministry Creates New System to Monitor Projects

The Ministry of Transportation has created the “project management system” which will help the ministry to ensure the good quality of the road construction projects and prevent violations.  Based on the new system the ministry will jointly undertake the monitoring

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The Spin Sauce Story—an Afghan Success Story in USA

The story behind SPIN SAUCE started over 30 years ago, when Jamal Rasoully’s parents created the white sauce like dressing for their family-owned Afghan restaurant in New York City.  It didn’t take long for the zesty dressing to be in

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US Federal ReserveTo Cut Interest Rates By a Quarter Point

The Federal Reserve is looking to cut rates by a quarter point and not half a point in September.   In accordance to the global economic outlook, the Federal Reserve is expected to cut interest rates another quarter point in their

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Afghanistan Exports Talc to China For First Time Via Hairatan Railroad

Afghanistan exported 1100 tons of talc to China for the first time from Mazar-e-Sharif through the Hairatan railroad. The goods will arrive in China, crossing Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, in the next 12 days in 41 wagons, according to Afghan Transport

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New Power Supply Network for Mazar-e Sharif Benefits 20,000 Residents

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) in Balkh and the Afghan-German Cooperation signed the contract for upgrading a power supply network in the eastern part of Mazar-e Sharif.  More than 20,000 residents in the neighborhood of Ali Chopan, Karte Wahadat, Bapa

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Tackling Corruption in Mining: Gov’t Signs Agreement with Afghan-German Cooperation

Acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum, Nargis Nehan, signed the implementation agreement for the next phase of the program for promoting good governance in Afghanistan’s extractive sector (MinGov) on Sunday.  The project aims at increasing state revenues, promoting investment and

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Local Food and Handicrafts Exhibition Kicks Off in Kabul

A 4-day exhibition of Afghanistan’s local foods and handicrafts was officially inaugurated on Tuesday in Kabul Serena hotel by officials from the Ministry of Information and Culture. Local goods including foods, handicrafts, carpets and dresses and local music from five

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The Afghanistan King Amanullah Khan Had Envisioned

King Amanullah Khan dreamed of modernizing Afghanistan. He was a self-described revolutionary but was forced into exile in 1929, with his reforms being abrogated. Amanullah Khan had a western-centric approach to modernize Afghanistan. He envisioned a modernized state which could

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Afghan Poultry Industry Meets 80% of Local Needs

Afghanistan’s poultry industry has seen a boost with around $1 billion worth of investment made in this industry over the past decade. According to a report by Tolo News, over 1,000 poultry farms are operating in this sector across the

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US Contributes Additional $125mn In Humanitarian Assistance to Afghanistan

The United States announces an additional amount of nearly $125 million in humanitarian assistance to meet the needs of vulnerable Afghans inside Afghanistan, including internally displaced persons, conflict and flood-affected communities, and Afghan returnees.  This brings the total U.S. funding

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Conor McGregor Punches Old Man in the Face

Khabib states that Conor has “lost his mind” after reports of Conor punching an old man in a pub over a dispute of his whiskey. McGregor was in South Dublin at the Marble Arch boozer on April 6th. The CCTV

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Iran & Afghanistan Discuss Energy Ties

A delegate from Iran’s Energy Ministry arrived in Kabul on August 17th to talk with Afghan officials about the future of energy ties between Iran and Afghanistan. Deputy Energy Minister for Electricity of Iran Homayoun Haeri led the delegation and

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New Investments Worth Millions of Dollars to be Made in Afghan Cement Factories

Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum have reported about progress made in discussions on major investment projects worth USD 350 million. The projects include investment in second phase of Jabal Siraj cement factory (USD 170 million) and Samangan cement factory

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