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New Interventions In Place To Enable Safe Transit of Cargo Trucks at Afghan-Pak Borders

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Harakat Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility Organization, launched two interventions to improve the efficiency of the movement of goods at Afghanistan’s Torkham and Spin Boldak border posts with Pakistan. The

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Germany Commits over AFN 5 Billion to Help Mitigate Social & Economic Aspects of COVID-19

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has pledged AFN 5.77 billion (EUR 69.8 million) to Afghanistan. The funds are for immediate and direct response to challenges of the Afghan public sector and the private economy to

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Afghanistan, Uzbekistan Support Development of a Free Economic Zone

The leaders of Afghanistan and Uzbekistan discussed various cooperation areas in a virtual meeting spearheaded by the United States on the occasion of the inaugural U.S. – Afghanistan – Uzbekistan Trilateral Meeting. The teleconference was attended by Afghan Foreign Minister

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Afghanistan To Launch Its First Gemstone Certification Lab

Silk Road Heart will be Afghanistan’s first gemstone certification lab and lapidary to be launched in June 2020 with support from USAID INVEST. According to Medium.com, the gemstone certification lab in Afghanistan will identify, certify, cut and polish the stones

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The Rise & Fall of the Deserts of Southwest Afghanistan & its Impact on Migration, Poppy and Stability

The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) has recently published its recent synthesis paper, “When the Water Runs Out: The Rise (and Inevitable fall) of the Deserts of Southwest Afghanistan and its Impact on Migration, Poppy and Stability”. This paper

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World Bank Approves $400mn To Help Afghanistan With COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond

The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved a $400 million grant to help Afghanistan sustain the pace of key economic and public finance reforms, and support the country to manage current risks and uncertainties compounded by the COVID-19

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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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How to Save Afghanistan’s Groundwater?

The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) today launched its  recent research Issues Paper, “Surface Groundwater Interaction in the Kabul Region Basin”, authored by Dr Najibullah Sadid and generously funded by the European Union (EU). This paper is part of

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Bollywood Mourns The Demise of Its Finest Actor, Irfan Khan

India’s versatile actor, Irfan Khan, who was also well-known for his roles in Hollywood, passed away at the age of 53 from colon infection. The actor battled a high grade neurocendocrine tumor in 2018 and announced his recovery in 2019.

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India to Supply 50,000 Tons of Wheat and Medicine to Afghanistan

The Indian government will supply 50,000 tons of wheat to Afghanistan in diplomatic deals, according to Indian news sources. This wheat output has far exceeded the demand in India due to favorite whether conditions, and therefore, the country is exporting

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Afghan All-Girls Robotics Team Builds Ventilator For COVID-19 Patients

The all-girls robotics team of Afghanistan, aptly makes Afghan Dreamers, has built a ventilator from parts of a Toyota car . The number of coronavirus patients are on the rise in Afghanistan and so far 7 deaths have been recorded.  

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Afghan Economic Growth Projected at 4% in 2021: ADB Report

According to the Asian Development Outlook 2020 report, political uncertainty and COVID-19 pandemic are going to further dampen Afghanistan’s economy. The country’s economic growth is expected to remain sluggish in 2020 at an unchanged rate of 3.0% from 2019. However,

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A Hospital Dedicated to Coronavirus Patients Built in Herat in 20 Days

The Afghan government completed the construction of a 200-bed hospital for coronavirus patients within 20 days in Herat province, which is the epicenter of the virus in the country. The construction of the hospital was ordered by President Ghani to

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Pakistan Allows Afghan Traders to Import Food and Medicine

The Pakistani government has agreed to allow Afghan traders to import only food and medicines across the border. In an interview with ToloNews, Afghan ambassador to Pakistan Mohammad Atif Mashal, said Afghan traders can only import food and medicine items

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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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