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US Provides $15mn in Aid to Afghanistan to Fight COVID-19

The US government has pledged $15 million in aid to help combat COVID-19 in Afghanistan, according to a statement issued by the US embassy in Kabul. The statement adds that $5 million of the aid will go toward health and

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Afghani Value Falls Against Dollar As US Slashes $1bn in Aid

Afghani currency takes a dip against US dollar following the US government’s decision to slash $1 billion in aid to Afghanistan. The announcement was made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on his unannounced trip to Kabul, where he

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Alibaba To Donate Emergency Supplies to Afghanistan & Other South Asian Countries

Chinese renowned company Alibaba will be donating emergency supplies to Afghanistan and nine other south Asian countries. Founder of Alibaba and one of Asia’s richest man, Jack Ma, has tweeted: “Go Asia! We will donate emergency supplies (1.8 million masks,

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Over 9000 Tons of Food Supplies Imported to Afghanistan Through Railroads

The Afghan government announced on Tuesday that 9,014 tons of food supplies have been imported to the country via railroads. This comes as coronavirus sends food prices soaring in major cities in Afghanistan.   According to statement from the railroads

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Afghan Government Provides 50,000 Testing Kits For Coronavirus

The Afghan Ministry of Public Health has prepared to provide 50,000 testing for the coronavirus as the number of reported cases is on the rise in the country. The government has also allocated $25 million for the Public Health Ministry

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Isolation Ward For Coronavirus Patients Opens in Nangarhar

A 100-bed treatment center for isolation and treatment of COVID-19 has been inaugurated in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. Nagarhar Governor Shah Mahmood Miakhel and Deputy Head of Public Health Services Provision, Feda Mohammad Paikaan, inaugurated the center on Thursday. “We’ve taken necessary

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Japan Supports Disaster Risk Mitigation Infrastructure and Irrigation System in Afghanistan

IOM Afghanistan, in partnership with the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA), today signed an agreement with the Government of Japan launching the project, “ENHANCING DISASTER PREVENTION BY IMPROVING IRRIGATION AND WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AT THE COMMUNITY LEVEL,” with a total

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Japan Funds A New Demining Project In Balkh, Afghanistan

A new demining project worth $508,944 will soon be implemented in four districts of Balkh Province. An agreement to that effect was signed between Takahashi Yoshiaki, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Japan to Afghanistan, and

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Herat Factory Produces 60,000 Face Masks Daily

A newly launched mask-production plant in Herat produces over 60,000 masks daily as the demand and price for masks have skyrocketed following the spread of the coronavirus in the province. According to the Ministry of Public Health, the masks produced

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First-ever Afghan Freight Train Leaves Karachi for Kandahar

The first-ever Afghan transit trade train departed from Karachi on Saturday, transiting a cargo of 35 containers to Chaman and Kandahar. The train service, called Goods in Transit to Afghanistan (GITA), was inaugurated by Pakistan Railways. According to sources, 5-7

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Afghanistan’s Median Household Income Exceeds Pakistan’s

According to data gathered by Gallup, Afghanistan’s median household income is $4,121, with median per-capital income of $378. Afghanistan’s median household income exceeds that of Pakistan’s ($4,060) and 38 other countries, including Kyrgzystan, Sri Lanka, India and Philippines. The median

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Afghan Exporters Showcase Afghanistan’s Finest Products at GulFood Expo Dubai

Twenty-six exporters of Afghanistan’s finest fruits, nuts, juices, saffron, and spices are showcasing their products for international buyers at the world’s largest annual food and hospitality trade show—Gulfood Expo Dubai—from February 16 to 20. For the 10th consecutive year, the

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Afghanistan Launches National Trade Policy

The Afghan government has launched the Afghanistan National Trade Policy (ANTP)–a new initiative to spur growth and create jobs by boosting the export capacities of the country’s private sector, to trade with regional and global markets. Afghanistan’s Minister of Industry

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Exports of Afghan Pine Nuts to China Resume

Afghanistan’s exports of pine nuts to China through the Turkish Airlines resumed on Sunday, Feb 9 after a 20-day pause. The Turkish Airlines had paused flights to China over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus and the Chinese New

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Opening of 4 Factories in Kabul

Officials of Kabul’s largest industrial park, Green Industries, have informed about the opening of four new factories.  “Four new factories are inaugurated in Green Industries of Kabul. These factories produce various products including batteries, electricity pylons and food products,” said founder

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Afghanistan Suspends Exports Through Air Corridors to China Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Afghanistan has suspended exports to China through air corridors in an attempt to prevent spread of coronavirus. Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries CEO Sayed Zaman Hashemi said the only private airline that exported up to 20 tons of goods

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Afghanistan Launches Biometric System for Business Licenses

Afghan Ministry of Industries and Commerce announced the launch of biometric system for business licenses under the General Directorate of Central Registration and Intellectual Property. Acting Commerce Minister Ajmal Ahmady inaugurated the biometric system on Sunday. “This system was much

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Afghanistan’s Think Tank Ranked 3rd In Central Asia

The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation (AREU) has maintained its position as top research Think Tank in Afghanistan, while  it has moved from fifth to third position as the top think-tank in a list of 63 think-tanks in Central Asia in

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Mobile Kitchens In Kabul Help Afghan Women Achieve Financial Independence

An initiative in Kabul has manufactured mobile kitchens that are driven around the city by women. Called “Banu’s Kitchen” (a woman’s kitchen), the mobile kitchens are solar-powered rikshaws that sell a variety of scrumptious Afghan foods on the streets of

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Afghanistan’s First Ever IV Fluid Factory Established in Herat

Afghanistan’s first ever IV fluid production factory is established in Herat. The factory produces over 12,000 liters of IV fluid daily. “We presently produce 8 different kinds of IV fluids and we plan on producing other types of intravenous fluids,”

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Afghanistan’s Economic Growth Expected To Reach 3.3% In 2020

According to a World Bank report, Afghanistan’s economy has grown by 2.9% in 2019 and is expected to reach 3.3% in 2020.  “Navigating a Sea of Uncertainty”, the latest edition of the twice-a-year Afghanistan Development Update examines recent key economic

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Entrepreneur of the Month: Hameda Safi

Hameda Safi is the founder and owner of Tokma Fashion—one of the leading fashion designing companies based in Kabul. Ms. Safi has obtained her bachelor’s degree in Journalism and master’s degree in International Relations. “After years of working in media

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Helmand Food Zone: Illusion of Success-Research Paper By AREU

The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) presented the findings of its recent research synthesis paper, “The Helmand Food Zone: The Illusion of Success”, at a high-profile event in Kabul Serena Hotel on Monday. AREU’s renowned research consultant Dr David

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Balkh Sees Significant Hike In Sesame & Linseed Production

Office of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock in Balkh have reported about significant increase in the production of sesame and linseed in the province.  According to the officials, sesame production has gone up by 46% abc linseed had ginger up by

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Bakhtar Aviation Company Relaunches Operations With Domestic Flights

Bakhtar aviation company, owned by Ariana Airlines, has relaunched its operations after receiving two small airplanes from the government. The two airplanes—Dash-8 Q300 with a capacity of 30-40 passengers–were given to President Ghani by Chinese government. According to Tolo News,

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