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Obama seeks USD 2.6bn for operations in Afghanistan in 2015 budget

The Obama administration is seeking 2.6 billion for Afghanistan in its budget proposals for fiscal 2015, which were sent to Congress on Tuesday. The  USD 3.9 trillion budget package includes  USD 46.2 billion to fund the State Department and US

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Afghanistan’s security accord essential for economic stability

While a majority of the 2,500-member Consultative Loya Jirga agreed to the Bilateral Security Agreement text, President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign the agreement. Karzai ended the Jirga in a rather dramatic fashion by insisting that “America cannot kill

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Afghanistan's security accord essential for economic stability

While a majority of the 2,500-member Consultative Loya Jirga agreed to the Bilateral Security Agreement text, President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign the agreement. Karzai ended the Jirga in a rather dramatic fashion by insisting that “America cannot kill

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India to slash investment in Afghan iron ore amid security concerns

The consortium of six Indian companies led by the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) may cut investment in Afghanistan’s Hajigak iron ore to almost an eighth of its original plan, as the security concerns are on the rise. According

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Afghan Finance Ministry signs USD 220mn contract with ADB on road projects

A contract worth USD 220mn was signed between the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Afghan Finance Ministry on the development and expansion of Afghanistan’s linking roads. The contract includes reconstruction of the 178km Dara-Suf to Yakawlang highway, preliminary survey of

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Presidential election important for Afghanistan- UN official

Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Political Affairs in Afghanistan Nicholas Haysom emphasized on the importance of elections in Afghanistan at the International conference on “Afghanistan- 2014: Prospects of Development of Situation, Security Challenges and Threats for

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International community to support rural development after 2014, Afghan official says

Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) Wais Ahmad Barmak told a press conference that the international community was willing to fund infrastructure development projects in Afghanistan after 2014, when the foreign troops are schedules to leave Afghanistan. The

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ADB to stand by Afghanistan after 2014

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) pledged to stand by Afghanistan and commit to its economic development after 2014, when all combat troops are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan. ADB Country Director Joji Tokeshi said the transformation decade would be a

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Government officials confer on “Afghanistan after 2014”

Afghan government officials gathered on Friday for the ” Afghanistan after 2014 and beyond” meeting. The meeting touched on topics of peace process, the upcoming presidential election, the security transition and reduction of foreign aid. With regards to the security

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Government officials confer on "Afghanistan after 2014"

Afghan government officials gathered on Friday for the ” Afghanistan after 2014 and beyond” meeting. The meeting touched on topics of peace process, the upcoming presidential election, the security transition and reduction of foreign aid. With regards to the security

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Negative rumors about 2014 being the reason for capital flight in Afghanistan

Afghan Economy Minister Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal cited the baseless concerns and negative rumors about the deadline 2014 as the reason for the capital flight and increasing corruption in the country. He said the enemies of Afghanistan are spreading speculations that

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EU pledges 200mn Euros to Afghanistan

The European Union has pledged to give 200mn Euros in aid to the Afghan government for development of good governance, security, human rights, health sector and agriculture and livestock sector for the next seven years. “We are in the process

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America’s developmental assistance to Afghanistan has yielded results

America’s developmental assistance for more than a decade has created favorable conditions for US troops’ return and a stable and secure country, a top official of Obama administration told lawmakers on Thursday. “I believe the collective development investment in Afghanistan

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UAE to continue supporting Afghanistan after 2014

The United Arab Emirates, one of Afghanistan’s biggest donors from the Arab region, said that they would stand by Afghanistan after the deadline 2014 and assist the country in its reconstruction process. “We will be with Afghanistan in the years

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The aftermath of 2014 has no effect on the Communications Sector

Communication and Information Technology Minister Amirzai Sangin assured the people that the Ministry would continue its activities without any distress regarding the withdrawal of foreign troops after 2014. “The customer demand for our services rises on a daily basis with

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International Assistance to Afghanistan will Continue, Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton said at a ‘Women in Public Service Institute’ inaugural ceremony that international assistance to Afghanistan would not be limited to security only. The international community shall adhere to their obligations towards infrastructure development of the country as well.

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Rightsize military, World Bank asks Kabul

The World Bank (WB) has urged Afghanistan, which is preparing for a sustainable economy after 2014 when foreign troops are expected to withdraw, to prioritise national programmes and rightsize its military. The bank also urged foreign donors not only to

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