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How to Facilitate Afghan Enterprises’ Access to Finance?

TheAfghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) and the Ministry of Industries and Commerce (MoIC) conducted a National Public and Private Dialogue (NPPD) on access to finance for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) on Wednesday.  Around 100 people, including women

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Sixty Women Complete Internship Programs in Kandahar

Sixty women graduates received government-issued certificates today recognizing their year-long training and work experience through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) internship program. USAID’s internship program equips women with the knowledge and skills to qualify for jobs with the

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Germany Commits AFN 5.1 Billion To Afghanistan

The German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) committed to investing about AFN 5.1 billion (EUR 59 million) in Afghanistan, focusing on good governance, sustainable economic development as well as urban development and municipal infrastructure. An additional AFN 8.7

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Pakistan Airspace Closure Inflicts $12mn Worth of Losses on Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s Civil Aviation Authority said the country has suffered USD 12 million in losses since the closure of Pakistan’s airspace. Pakistan closed its airspace in February after India launched air strikes on militant bases across the border in Pakistan in

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Land Acquisition for TAPI Gas Pipeline Project to Begin Soon

The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India natural gas pipeline requires a 600km by 44meters area of land, as per the plan. Practical work on land acquisition for the project is expected to kick off this week, according to the Afghan Ministry of Urban Development

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Afghanistan’s Postal Services Partially Digitalized

Most of the offices of Afghan Post, the national postal organization, are now able to provide online services after being connected to the fiber optic network. This is part of a one-year project that has cost USD 900,000. In the

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Reliable Electricity for 14,000 Citizens in Takhar

About 14,000 locals from villages of Hazar Sumuch and Kunjak in Takhar province will benefit from a reliable energy supply. Funded by the Afghan-German Cooperation, the 124-million Afghani project will be implemented by Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS). The project

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Saudi Arabia May Support Financing TAPI Gas Pipeline

Local news sources from Saudi Arabia say that the country is studying the issue of supporting financing for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline projects. “Saudi Arabia’s support of gas exports from Turkmenistan to India is the biggest shift in world

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Afghanistan, Belarus Sign Bilateral Trade Agreement

An MoU on bilateral trade and economic cooperation was signed between senior officials from Afghanistan and Belarus on Thursday. “The Republic of Belarus is ready to cooperate with Afghanistan in areas of export of machinery, agriculture, joint investments and expansion

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Pakistan’s Biggest Lender Habib Bank To End Operations in Afghanistan Soon

Pakistan’s largest bank by asset and the country’s biggest lender, the Habib Bank Limited (HBL) has announced its exit from Afghanistan by third quarter 2019. “HBL’s exit from Afghanistan is expected to be completed latest by third quarter 2019 and

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Humanitarian Assistance Worth $61mn From USA To Afghanistan

The United States announced more than $61 million in additional humanitarian assistance to meet the needs of vulnerable communities, displaced persons, and returning refugees across Afghanistan, as well as Afghan refugees in the region. Ongoing conflict and frequent natural disasters

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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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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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Afghanistan To See A 30% Reduction in Internet Price in Coming Year

Afghan Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology announced a 30% reduction in internet prices with the start of 1398 solar year. The announcement was made by Minister Shahzad Aryubi during the inauguration of the job portal “Easy Job”. Aryubi said

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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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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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