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The US Plans to Boost Afghanistan’s Air Exports

The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said in its latest report that the United States is working on a plan to increase Afghanistan’s air exports. According to the report, as per a four-year plan, which was drawn

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Pakistan Reopens Chaman-Spin Boldak Crossing

The Afghan-Pak transit and trade activities have resumed as Pakistan reopens the Chaman-Spin Boldak crossing. Pakistan had sealed the crossing following Taliban’s capture of Spin Boldak and Wesh districts of southern Kandahar provinceo on the second week of July 2021.

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Over 30,000 Tons of Marble Processed Annually in Nangarhar Factories

Officials at the Nangarhar Department of Industry and Commerce say that the province’s factories process more than 30,000 tons of marble a year, and that Nangarhar marble has entered international markets. According to the department, the marble is processed by

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World Bank Contributes $57.5 million to Afghanistan’s Emergency Agriculture & Food Supply Project

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock announced that the World Bank has provided $57.5 million in funding for the Emergency Agriculture and Food Supply Project (EATS). The ministry added that the World Bank would add another $57.5 million to

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China’s First Shipment to Afghanistan Through Hairatan Port Enters Afghanistan

The Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industry said in a statement on Wednesday that China’s shipment of goods arrived in Afghanistan from the Hairatan Port, a borden town and a port in the north of Balkh province. The consignment included

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Tashkent’s Connectivity Conference to Focus on Afghanistan

The conference entitled “Central and South Asia: Regional Interconnectivity. Challenges and Opportunities” is scheduled to kick off on Thursday, July 16. More than 600 participants from over 40 countries are expected to attend the conference. The two-day meeting will host

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Afghanistan’s Exports to China Increase to More Than $24 million

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry says that Afghanistan’s exports to China increased to $24.93 million in the first quarter of the 1400 solar fiscal year, while last year this figure was $8.98 million in the first quarter. The ministry

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China Eyeing Afghanistan as US Prepares to Pack Up

As Afghanistan faces the deadline of September 11 for the final pullout of the few remaining US troops, Afghan authorities have reportedly become more deeply engaged with Chinese leaders to enhance trade cooperation and connectivity. According to various media reports,

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The Stone-Cutting Factory of National Development Company Starts Operating

The Information and Media Center of the Government of Afghanistan issued a statement stating that the stone-cutting  factory of the National Development Company has started operating. According to the statement, the factory has the capacity to cut and produce marble for

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EU Assistance of € 25 million to Prevent Famine in Afghanistan

The European Union (EU) announced that the European Commission has set aside € 25 million in additional humanitarian aid to prevent a famine in Afghanistan. EU Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Blaise Oviari told a news conference in Brussels

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A Five-Day Exhibition of Handicrafts & Domestic Products Held in Herat

A five-day exhibition of handicrafts and domestic products under the name of “Peace & Self-Sufficiency” was inaugurated in the presence of the Minister of Trade and Industry, local officials of Herat, representatives of the private sector and investors in Herat

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Tomato Paste & Jam Factories Soon to be Established in the Country

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock announced that two large factories producing jam and tomato paste will be established in Kabul and Nangarhar at a total cost of $25.3 million. The ministry said in a statement that the

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German Government Provides a New Funding of EUR 182.6mn to Afghanistan

At a virtual conference on Wednesday, the German government promised commitment to supporting Afghanistan and pledged to provide the Government of Afghanistan with a new amount of about EUR 182.6 million (about AFN 17.4 billion) for bilateral cooperation.  The Deputy Minister of Policy,

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Wheat Harvest Reduces by 20% This Year Due to Droughts

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock announced that this year, due to droughts, wheat yields will be reduced by more than one million tons to four million tons. Officials at the ministry say that due to droughts, wheat

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Entrepreneur of the Month: Bakhtawar Mahdawi

A woman in Bamyan province has set up an amusement park called Shamama, which has a green space, a restaurant, and a guest house, at a cost of six million Afghanis. Bakhtawar Mahdawi, the owner of the amusement park, says

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Chakdam Nahrab Project in Takhar Province Completed & Put into Operation

The National Water Management Authority of Afghanistan announced the completion of the Chakdam Nahrab project in Farkhar district of Takhar province. The National Water Regulatory Authority said that Chakdam Nahrab has a storage capacity of 17,000 cubic meters of water.

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Photo Album: Farmers in a Rice Field in Mehtarlam, Laghman

Farmers transplant rice seedlings at a paddy field in Mehtarlam, capital of Laghman province, eastern Afghanistan. The Afghan government has committed to investing in agricultural sector to create job opportunities for millions of people to boost economy in the land-locked

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Production of Vegetable Oil to Begin Soon in Helmand Bost Enterprise

Officials at Bost Enterprise in Helmand Province say the company plans to start producing vegetable oil in the near future. The company currently produces cotton and cottonseed only. According to the officials, after the experimental stages, the company was able

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Afghan Millennial Woman Opens Jewelry Business in the U.S.

“As an Afghan economist I have always wondered whether Afghanistan is a rich or poor country?” says Tania Aria, the founder of Afghan jewelry brand Veezha.  Looking at the GDP rates obviously one would say it is a poor country,

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An Oxygen Production Machine Activated in Sheikh Zahed University of Khost

The provincial head of Public Health said an oxygen production device  has been activated in Sheikh Zahed University of Khost Province. Habibullah Ansari said the device has the capacity to produce 20 cylinders of oxygen a day. “This is a

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First Fish Farm Established in Bamyan

The first fish production and breeding farm with a total value of two hundred thousand Afghanis was established in Dara Dokani district of Bamyan province. Zabihullah Zahadat, a government employee and owner of the farm, said he was always interested

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Afghan-Czech Business & Investment Forum Kicks Off in Prague

The three-day Afghan-Czech Business and Investment Forum officially kicked off on Monday in Prague, Czech Republic. The forum is initiated by the Afghan Embassy and organized by the Czech-Afghan Chamber of Commerce. Addressing the forum, deputy prime minister of the

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Helmand Produces 36 Tonnes of Honey

Helmand Agriculture Department reported that the province has produced nearly 36 tonnes of honey this year. Planning and Coordination Director of Helmand Agriculture Department Rafiullah Qalam told Pajhwok Afghan News that the province had produced 25 tonnes of honey, but

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China Railway Express Becomes Major Alternative to China-Europe Trade Amid Pandemic

China Railway Express has become “a cheaper and quicker alternative to ship everything from cars to household goods from China to Europe” amid major disruptions to global maritime and air logistics chains due to COVID-19, Nikkei Asia has reported. The

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First Batch of Sinopharm Vaccines Donated by China Arrives in Kabul

First batch of COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Chinese government arrived in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan on Thursday. The shipment of Sinopharm vaccines are the first Chinese donation of the COVID-19 vaccine Afghanistan has received. Afghanistan has administered about

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