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World Bank Grants $25mn To Improve Education in Afghanistan

The World Bank has approved the allocation of an additional $25 million in financing from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to increase equitable access to primary and secondary education in Afghanistan, particularly for girls. The new grant for the

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Girls High Schools Inaugurated in Taloqan, Benefiting 11000 Students

More than 11,000 students will benefit from the new school buildings and renovated facilities that were inaugurated in Takhar province by the Afghan-German Cooperation on Monday. Around 200 people including students, parents, teachers, elders and civil society activists attended the

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Afghanistan, Tajikistan Sign 5 Cooperation MoUs

Afghanistan and Tajikistan sign Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) in the areas of security, trade, transit, transportation, energy, culture and politics. The MoUs were signed between Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and his Tajik counterpart on Monday in Dushanbeh, Tajikistan. President

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Afghanistan Expedites Work on CASA-1000

Work on the much-awaited CASA-1000 power transmission project has picked up pace since the last solar year and is 30% completed. According to officials, 140 power transmission columns are constructed in Kunduz province and column construction will move onto Baghlan

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President Ghani Inaugurates Kamal Khan Dam

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani inaugurated a key hydropower dam in the western province Nimroz. “Inauguration of Kamal Khan Dam is a historic moment of emotion and pride for Afghans. The project will irrigate lands and light up homes. The dam

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Four-Day Farming Expo Kicks Off in Kabul

A four-day farming expo kicked off at the Badam Bagh area of Kabul on Monday, with many farmers, government officials, and visitors participating. Over 280 companies, including 79 led by women, had participated in the exhibition. The event offered live

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Afghanistan’s Exports Down by 21%

Afghanistan’s exports dropped from USD 1 billion in Fiscal Year 1398 to USD 776 million in Fiscal Year 1399, according to figures from the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI). The figures indicate an over 21% drop caused by

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IMF Loan to Cover 46% Deficit in Afghan National Budget for Fiscal Year 1400

Afghanistan will receive over USD 225 million in payable loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to cover 46% deficit in the national budget for fiscal year 1400. National debt has amounted to USD 1.5 billion, which is anticipated to

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Pakistan Allows Cotton Import From Afghanistan

Pakistan has allowed import of cotton from Afghanistan through Torkham border as the country is facing a lower domestic cotton production. According to sources from Pakistani, the country’s cotton harvest has declined considerably as farmers are switching over to other

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China’s Robust Transport Plan to Make Global Logistics More Efficient

China’s plans to expand and modernize its transport network will make global logistics and supply-chain systems more efficient and reliable, Pakistani political economist Shakeel Ramay has said. “China’s investment under the transportation network planning will definitely help boost the global

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54,000 Women Have Invested in Various Sectors in Afghanistan

The Afghan Ministry of Economy says that 54,000 women in the country have made small investments in various sectors till date. Commemorating the International Women’s Day, Economy Minister Karima Hamid Farabi said that 54,000 women are currently involved in small

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Afghanistan’s Opium Poppy Economy Presents a Complex Policy Problem

The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) launched a new working research paper: “Drugs and Development in Afghanistan, National Policy and Actor Analysis” at a virtual event today. The paper, co-authored by Dr Adam Pain, Mr Kaweh Kerami and Dr

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Pakistan’s First Shipment Arrived in Tajikistan Through Ghulam Khan Port

Pakistan’s first shipment has arrived in Tajikistan through Ghulam Khan Port in Khost province, according to a statement from Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries. The statements adds that the shipment, containing 30 tonnes of vegetables, was transited through Ghulam

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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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