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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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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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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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Afghanistan Exports 255 Tons of Fresh Fruits in 2019

Afghanistan has exported 255 tons of fresh fruits to various countries, indicating a 30% increase in fruit exports compared to the same period in 2018. The fruits—including apples, melons, pomegranates, watermelons and grapes—were mainly exported to India, Europe and some

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Afghan MMA Fighter Nasrat Haqparast Wins His 11th UFC Win

Afghan MMA fighter Nasrat Haqparast finishes Joaquim Silva in the second round to earn his first finish in the UFC and 11th win all together. UFC on ESPN 5 was held in New Jersey, USA. Joaquim Silva pushed the face

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Afghanistan Government Reduces Internet Prices By 37%

Minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology, Mohammad Fahim Hashemi, stated that all internet service providers purchasing internet by the national internet provider Afghan-Telecom will be receiving 1MB of internet for $60, while it was close to $100 in the past.

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Presidential Elections Campaign Officially Kicks Off in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s presidential elections campaign officially started July 28, 2019, and will be concluding on September 25th. The campaign has 18 candidates, with current President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah in the race. Hawa Alam Nuristani, the chairwoman of

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Buber–Afghanistan’s Ride-Hailing Service

BBR, which is pronounced ‘Buber,’ is Afghanistan’s first ride-hailing service. It enables users to call for cars to pick them up which is much safer than calling a traditional taxi. BBR has integrated AI in the app, which matches ride-hailers

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Afghanistan Can Now Say Goodbye to Paper Money with HesabPay

HesabPay is the first application in Afghanistan which enables consumers to send money electronically. Consumers in Afghanistan will be able to send money to another person in a different province in Afghanistan easily within seconds through the app. HesabPay can

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Afghanistan Exports Medical Products to Somalia

Afghan has exported medical equipment and hygiene products to Somalia for the first time. Hamidullah Khadim, head of Herat Chamber of Commerce  and Industries, stated that 25 types of medical equipment made by Asia Pharma had been sent to Somalia.

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Afghanistan’s Economy Grew By 2% in 2018: World Bank Report

Afghanistan’s economic growth rate was around 2% in 2018, resulting in the lowest growth rates among South Asian economies in 2018. According to the World Bank’s recent Afghanistan Development Update, Afghanistan faces challenges of security, political uncertainty, potential declines in

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Afghanistan Discusses Net Metering Concept in Dubai

The first of three meetings for reviewing Afghanistan’s net metering concept was held in Dubai last week. Net metering allows utility customers who generate their own electricity to export excess energy to the grid in return for credit. The eleven

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Afghanistan’s Investment in Azerbaijan Amounts to $1.5mn

Afghanistan’s total investment in Azerbaijan’s economy has reached $1.5 million, according to reports from Baku, capital city of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijani Deputy Economy Minister Sahib Mammadov said there is room for further cooperation between the two countries. He added that there

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Workshop Held To Facilitate Trade Between Afghanistan & Uzbekistan

The United States continued support to enhance cross-border trade and strengthen economic ties between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan at the “Facilitating Trade, Promoting Economic Growth,” event in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from July 14th – July 17th. USAID is supporting private-sector led economic

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