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Decline in aid causes deficit in Afghanistan’s development budget

Afghan Ministry of Finance has expressed concerns over the decline in aid from donor countries. The inflow of aid has slowed down lately due to the prolonged election process and uncertainty about Afghanistan’s political instability. Spokesperson for the Finance Minister,

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Donors have not fulfilled their commitments made at the Tokyo Conference: Afghan Finance Minister

Afghan Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal said 16 out of 17 commitments made at the Tokyo Conference have been implemented. Zakhilwal made this statement at the annual accountability meeting of the Tokyo Conference board held in Kabul on Saturday. He

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Donors reiterate aid pledges to Afghan government

 The international community on Wednesday at the conference on the evaluation of Afghanistan’s commitments progress reaffirmed the aid pledges held out at last year’s Tokyo Conference. “Our international colleagues have once again renewed their commitment to 16 billion dollars assistance,

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Corruption persists in customs department- Minister Zakhilwal

Afghan Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal called on Ministry’s officials to tackle the issue of corruption in the customs department. The efforts put into eradicating corruption in Afghanistan have had no positive results, according to the officials. Minister Zakhilwal said

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Afghan Finance Ministry appoints new top officials

Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal had proposed a reshuffle of top officials which have been approved by the President. The reshuffle includes changing of 34 senior officers. Former Chief of Pashtany Bank Gul Maqsood Sabi has been appointed as the

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Japan donates USD 116.9mn for 4 projects

Japan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Hiroshi Takahashi signed a fresh contract worth USD 116.9mn with Afghan Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul for four key projects. The projects include rehabilitation and expansion of aircraft parking space at Kabul airport and water

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ADB allocates USD 300mn to infrastructure projects in Afghanistan

The Asian Development Bank announced Thursday that it will grant USD 300mn to fund infrastructure projects in Afghanistan. The projects include supply of electricity to three southern provinces from Turkmenistan, construction of dams on rivers in Bamiyan and Badakhshan, reconstruction

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Transparency in Afghanistan’s national budget goes up from 21% to 59%

Deputy Finance Minister Mustafa Mastoor announced Saturday that transparency in the national budget has improved by 38% (from 21% to 59%). According to The Asia Foundation, the just-released Open Budget Survey 2012 has ranked Afghanistan as the second greatest improver

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Ministry of Public Works signs MoU with DFID on road maintenance

A MoU of worth USD 6mn was signed Tuesday between the Ministry of Public Works and the Department for International Development (DFID). Public Works Minister Najibullah Awzhan said the aid money would be spent towards maintenance of the roads through

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Danish government pledges USD 100mn in aid to Afghanistan

Danish Minister for Development Christian Friis Bach during his visit to Balkh announced his country has pledged USD 100mn in aid to Afghanistan over the next five years. He also reassured the Afghan authorities that the international community will remain

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No major financial crisis in Afghanistan post 2014- Minister Zakhilwal

Speaking at the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal assured the legislators that Afghanistan will not face a major financial crisis after 2014, when many of the foreign troops withdraw from the country. There have been

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Will Afghanistan be able to fulfill its promises made at the Tokyo Conference?

Members of Afghan Parliament are skeptical of the government’s ability to meet the requirements for the receipt of the aid pledged by the international community at the Tokyo Conference on July 08. Minister of Finance and Minister of Foreign Affairs

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UN Security Council lauds outcome of Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan

The UN Security Council said on Monday that it welcomed the outcome of an international conference on Afghanistan held in Tokyo earlier this month. The Tokyo Conference was hosted by Japan on July 8. The Conference brought together delegates from

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International Conferences on Afghanistan since the Past Decade

Afghanistan is the only country around the globe to have been seriously considered for discussion by countries worldwide on its various sectors-politics, economy and security. Fifteen global and regional conferences have been held for discussion on Afghanistan and over fifty

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Tokyo Declaration on Afghanistan backs India’s concerns on terror

Backed by the participants of Tokyo Conference, India’s External Affairs Ministers S.M.Krishna recognized the main threat to Afghanistan’s security and stability comes from terrorism and extremism. The Tokyo declaration reflected India’s oft repeated concern over terrorism emanating from across Afghanistan’s

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Canada Reaffirms Support for Afghanistan- Mostly empowering women and girls

At the Tokyo Conference on Sunday, Canada pledged to continue working with the people of Afghanistan to build a better, brighter future for people in need. Canada’s development assistance is based on key reforms that the Government of Afghanistan has

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Donors pledge $16bn to Afghanistan at Tokyo Meeting

International donors to Afghanistan, led by the U.S., Japan, Germany and the UK, pledged to USD 16bn in civilian aid for four years for the reconstruction and stability of Afghanistan after foreign forces leave in 2014. The Afghan economy relies

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Problems in the document for Tokyo Conference

On the eve of the Tokyo Conference, National Alliance of Afghanistan claimed that the document that will be offered by the Afghan government at the Tokyo Conference is marked with problems and contradictions. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, head of the National

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Afghans expectations from the Tokyo Conference

On the eve of the Tokyo Conference for Afghanistan, a number of experts and Afghan citizens have asked the international community to supervise the billions of aid that they would pledge at the conference. The residents and experts called on

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Afghan Political Analysts on Corruption and its affect on Foreign Aid

Political Analysts have expressed their deep concerns about the pervasive corruption in the country that may lead to loss of foreign aid. At the second international conference held in Tokyo for the reconstruction of Afghanistan since the overthrow of the

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Karzai Heads to Japan for Tokyo Conference

President Hamid Karzai flew to Tokyo, Japan on Saturday to attend the Tokyo Conference where donors will pledge an annual aid of around USD 4 billion to Afghanistan. The one-day conference will focus on reviewing Afghanistan’s achievements so far since

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Oxfam calling on Tokyo Conference Participants to Sustain Aid to Afghanistan

Ahead of a vital donor conference in Tokyo this week, Oxfam is calling on governments represented at the summit to maintain levels of aid to the country and ensure this aid reaches the Afghan men, women and children who need

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S.M. Krishna to Participate in Tokyo Conference

India’s foreign minister S.M. Krishna is expected to emphasize India’s long-term commitments to the Afghan Government and its people in their efforts to build a peaceful, pluralistic, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan. India and Afghanistan has a historic long partnership and

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Aid to Afghanistan must also help Afghan Women

Amnesty International called for the international community that is pledging aid funds to Afghanistan at the Tokyo conference next Sunday to must  help those uprooted due to insecurity in the urban regions. UNHCR estimates that the number of people displaced

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Financial assistance to Afghanistan in Tokyo Conference will be under conditions

Vygaudas Usackas, EU ambassador to Kabul, said that the world community’s financial support to Afghanistan will be based on a series of conditions in Tokyo Conference. Tokyo Conference will be a time for accountability between Afghanistan and the international community.

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