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No cargo train arrived in Hairaton from China since railroad inauguration in Sep 2016

Not a single cargo train has arrived from China at the Hairaton port ever since the railroad inauguration on September 7, 2016. The first cargo train arrived in the north of Balkh province of Afghanistan, after a 15 day journey,

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Afghanistan key player in regional energy projects

According to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Afghanistan is an integral part of the major energy projects, such as  the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TUTAP) and Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, in the region. The TUTAP project serves to import electricity from the energy

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Technical study of Herat-Torghundi railway to be completed in six months

The technical and economic study of a 200-km railway line between Torghundi and Herat City is expected to be completed in six months as per an agreement signed between Afghanistan and Canada Rail on Monday. The project is a part

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Iran to start laying pipeline to export gas to Afghanistan

Neighboring country Iran is ready to export its natural gas through a pipeline into Herat, Afghanistan, as per agreement signed between the two nations. Iranian Consul General in Herat, Mahmud Afkhami Rashedi, said Iran was poised to lay the pipe

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Iran-China railway to pass through six provinces of Afghanistan

Efforts are underway to establish the railway connecting China, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Iran. Officials of the concerned countries promised commitment in a meeting in Doshanbe, Tajikistan to make the project a success. As part of the agreement, the five

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Afghanistan’s railway project among US-honored development projects

The US Department of Treasury awarded the Asian Development Bank for pioneering a railway project in Afghanistan that is providing a cross-border trade link crucial to the country’s post-conflict economy. “ADB is honored to receive the award for this rail

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Implementation of the Afghan-Turkmen-Tajik railway continues

Preliminary works on the feasibility study of the proposed Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Tajikistan railway project have been completed. The contract for the survey of the project was awarded to a foreign firm last year to evaluate the technical and financial modalities of the

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Afghanistan’s 2013 infrastructure projects receive criticism

Officials from the Ministry of Economy (MoE) and the National Economic Committee House have expressed dissatisfaction about the implementation of infrastructure projects in the country during the year 2013. MoE representative Sayed Aref Nazif refuted the 2013 reports on the

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Afghanistan's 2013 infrastructure projects receive criticism

Officials from the Ministry of Economy (MoE) and the National Economic Committee House have expressed dissatisfaction about the implementation of infrastructure projects in the country during the year 2013. MoE representative Sayed Aref Nazif refuted the 2013 reports on the

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Afghanistan wins UIC membership

Ministry of Public Works declared membership of Afghanistan to the International Union of Railways (UIC). “Afghanistan was in dire need of railways. Our country’s geographic and strategic importance has enabled it to win this prestigious membership,” said Public Works Minister

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Survey of the Afghan-Tajik-Turkmen Railway to begin soon

The Afghan Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) announced Thursday that survey of the Afghanistan-Tajikistan-Turkmenistan railway would begin soon. “A foreign firm has won the contract for surveying this project. The firm will launch its survey after approval from the Asian

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Traders demand to extend the Afghan-Tajik railway line through Kunduz

Hundreds of traders, civil activists, youth and society elders in Kunduz protested, demanding the government to extend railway line through Kunduz province. This comes as the government has signed the contract for stretching the railway line to Tajikistan through the

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Construction of tri-nation railway inaugurated

Work on the construction of the Afghan-Turkmen-Tajik railway was inaugurated on Wednesday in Asghgabat, capital city of Turkmenistan. Afghan President Hamid Karzai along with his Tajik and Turkmen counterparts were present in the ceremony. The three countries’ presidents inked a

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President Karzai heads for Turkmenistan to attend railway project ceremony

President Hamid Karzai left for Ashgabat, the capital city of Turkmenistan, on Wednesday to attend the inaugural ceremony for an Afghanistan-Tajikistan-Turkmenistan railway project. Presidents of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan signed a trilateral framework agreement on the construction of a railroad

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Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan to begin technical research on the railway project

Afghan Ministry of Public Affairs said technical research on the Afghanistan-Tajikistan-Turkmenistan railway project would begin soon. Deputy Public Affairs Minister Eng. Ahmadshah Waheed said the 231km railway would be built within Afghanistan’s soil. President Hamid Karzai conferred on this project

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Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan mull over railway project

Delegations from Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan are meeting up in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, to discuss the connection routes for the railway project. The three countries’ presidents inked a trilateral framework agreement on the construction of a railroad in a tripartite meeting

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Railway track has become a problem rather than a solution to Afghan traders

The 75km railway track built in Hairatan port of Mazar-e-Sharif-e-Sharif with financial support from the Asian Development Bank was aimed at addressing the problems of the Afghan traders. However, traders in Mazar-e-Sharif have recently complained about the railway track. The

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India and Afghanistan on talks to set up a railway corridor

In order to facilitate exports of iron ore between Afghanistan and its neighboring countries, the Afghan government has held talks with India to set up a 600km long railway line between Bamiyan province in the central part of the country

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International conference on strengthening trade between Central Asia and Afghanistan

An international conference aimed at strengthening trade between central Asian countries and Afghanistan was held in Balkh, Mazar-e-Sharif. More than 70 economic and business experts and representatives from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission attended the conference. Behzad Rahmatov,

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Residents protest wanting Herat-Maidan road paved

Dozens of residents of Herat, Ghor, Daikundi, Bamyan and Maidan Wardak protested in front of the national assembly, demanding the government to pave the Herat-Maidan highway as soon as possible. The 700km highway starts from Herat and passes through Bamyan,

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US working on the economic side of Afghanistan’s transition period

As the US is pulling out its troops from Afghanistan, there are concerns about the country’s economy post-2014. In order to ensure a healthy economy, the US is focusing on assisting Afghanistan with building a private sector -led and trade-led

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Herat-Iran railway track 90% completed: Herat Officials

Herat officials reported that 90% of work on the Herat-Iran railway is completed. Work on the rail line that connect Herat province with Khwaf region of Iran began six years ago by with financial and technical support from Iran. Analysts

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Construction of Herat-Samangan Railway Track Resumes

Ministry of Public Affairs officials say that work on the construction of Herat-Samangan railway will restart after 2 years of delay. Herat residents, however, are doubtful about the completion of the project. Experiences of the past 10 years have shown

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