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First Plastic Dishes Production Company Opens in Laghman

The first plastic dishes factory has started operations in Laghman province. Fawad Ahmadi, spokesperson for the Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industry told Radio Liberty that the factory had started operating at a cost of one millions Afghanis and was

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Two New Factories Open in Laghman and Nangarhar Provinces

An iodized salt factory and a plastic manufacturing factory have started operations in Nangarhar and Laghman provinces, respectively. According to a statement from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, the salt factory in Laghman province is built at a cost

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Buzkashi, the “Costly Game” of Afghanistan

“We have to keep and foster our positive traditions, and of which Buzkashi is a good one that encourages you to keep horses and train horse riders to earn honor for you,” horse rider Ahmad Pahlawan in Afghanistan said. Buzkashi

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World Bank Approves Over $97mn to Combat COVID-19 & Drought Impacts

The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved a grant from the International Development Association (IDA) of $97.50 million to provide regular and predictable cash support to Afghans affected by droughts and COVID-19 and improve food and nutrition security.

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Businesses Suffer Millions of Dollars in Losses Due to Closure of Roads in Balkh

Road blockage in northern Balkh province since the past 20 days has inflicted millions of dollars in losses on businessmen. The roads to the ports in northern Afghanistan have been blocked by transport companies protesting the newly introduced custom tariff.

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Afghanistan’s Largest Airport to be Built in Logar Province

The Afghan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) said the country’s largest international airport is going to be built in Logar province at a cost of USD 2 billion. “The country’s largest international airport is going to be built in Surkhaab district

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Shahtoot Dam to Provide Drinking Water to Two Million People in Kabul

The Indian government will fund construction of the Shahtoot Dam in Kabul to provide drinking water facility in the Afghan capital. An agreement to that effect was signed between India’s external affairs minister S Jaishankar and his Afghan counterpart Mohammad

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Afghan Government Collects Over 4 Billion AFN in Revenue from 10% Telecom Tax

The Afghanistan Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (ATRA) has collected 4.6 billion Afghani from the 10% tax on telecom services this year. This year’s revenue figure is 300 million Afghanis more compared to the previous year, according to ATRA head Umar Mansour

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Afghanistan Ships 50 Tonnes of Dried Fruits to Canada via Land

Afghanistan sends off 50 tonnes of dried fruits worth more than $500,000 from Kabul to Canada through land for the first time. With an estimated delivery of 40 days, the shipment will first reach Turkey from Uzbekistan and then depart

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Becomes the First Black Woman to Lead WTO

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is appointed to lead the World Trade Organization, making her the first women and the first African to occupy the position. “Dr. Okonjo-Iweala brings a wealth of knowledge in economics and international diplomacy from her 25 years with

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Afghanistan Receives Its First Batch of New Banknotes from Poland

The Polish Embassy in India announced that it had handed over the first batch of new banknotes to the Afghan government last week. In a statement, the Polich Embassy said that the banknotes are produced with new technology and anti-pollution

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Smart Traffic Lights to be Installed in Kabul

Kabul Municipality says that in order to solve the challenge of the capital’s traffic congestion, smart traffic lights will soon be installed at the city’s busy crossroads. The  municipality had announced last year that it had rolled out the plan to

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First Rice Processing & Packaging Factory Opens in Laghman

The Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industry announced the opening of the first rice processing and packaging factory in Laghman province. The factory has the capacity to process and package 75 tonnes of rice in 24 hours. According to the

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Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan Approve Roadmap for Key Railway Line

Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbeksitan have approved a roadmap for the Mazar-e-Sharif-Kabul-Peshawar railway line on Tuesday in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The Afghan delegation in the landmark event for signing of the roadmap was led by Foreign Minister Haneef Atmar. In his tweet

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Afghan Gov’t Allocates About $900mn for Code 22

The Afghan government has allocated a budget of USD 893mn for Code 22, which is used for the purchase of furniture and food, travel expenses and maintenance of buildings, vehicles and equipment of government offices. This year’s budget has not

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Global Cooperation Needed for Swift Worldwide Vaccine Rollout

Decisive government actions are necessary to ensure swift and extensive vaccine rollout, protect the most vulnerable households and otherwise viable firms, and foster a durable and inclusive recovery, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Thursday. “The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating

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Afghanistan Generates 4.2 Billion AFN in Revenue from 95 Mining Contracts

Afghan Minister Mohammad Haroon Chakhansuri said the Afghan government generated 4.2 billion Afghanis in revenue from 95 mining contracts. He also announced that the Afghan government has signed and processed 37 small-scale mining licenses this year. These licenses include mining

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Afghanistan Achieves Self-Sufficiency in Production of 56 Types of Goods

The Ministry of Industry and Commerce has announced that the level of domestic production has increased in the country this solar year, despite the restrictions caused by COVID-19. Afghanistan is now able to produce 56 out of 100 essential consumer

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China Remains World’s Largest Trading Nation Despite COVID Challenges

China’s foreign trade accounted for 12.8 percent of the world’s total during the first 10 months of 2020, rising from 11.9 percent in 2015 and hitting a historic high, said Ni Yuefeng, head of the General Administration of Customs (GAC).

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Analysis of Issuing Multiple Tax Identification Numbers (TIN) in Afghanistan

Tax Identification Numbers have different names in different countries around the world (for example, in the UK, it is known as Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR). However, it is considered international best practice that a tax resident in any country should

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Entrepreneur of the Month: Adela Sanglakhi

Adela Sanglakhi is a 25-year old entrepreneur from Kabul who owns a startup called Afghan Girls. Her company employs 85 women in Kabul, Paktia, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Daikuni, Ghazni, Balkh, Baghlan, Takhar and Bamyan. It has 12 female employees in

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South Korea Eyes Investment Opportunities in Afghanistan

In a meeting with Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh, South Korean Ambassador to Kabul Choi Taeho expressed his country’s interest in investing in Afghanistan. The two parties met in Kabul to discuss and exchange views about the peace process and

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New Cold Storages in Laghman Boost Onion Cultivation by 10%

The Afghan government has built 190 cold storages for onion in eastern Laghman province as part of the Agricultural Products’ Management project. Built at a cost of 72 million Afghanis, the new cold storages can store thousands of metric tons

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International Taste Institute Ranks Afghan Saffron Number 1

Afghan saffron once again wins the the number rank in the world for its taste among dozens of countries. The International Taste Institute has granted the Afghan Saffron Company the 2020 Diamond Taste Award decided by a jury of the

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Herat Exports $16 Million Worth of Cumin Worldwide

Herat exported 9,857 tonnes of green cumin and 94 tonnes of black cumin to various countries this year, according to Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment. Compared to last year’s 2,540 tonnes of green cumin and 20 tonnes of black

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