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Afghan Finance Minister heads for Washington for IMF-WB spring meeting

Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal left for Washington on Monday to attend the spring meeting of the World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Leading a high level delegation, Minister Zakhilwal will attend the plenary session of the

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Fourth Cohort of Afghan Students Receives Master of Education Degree

Twenty-two students received Master of Education degrees today from Shahid Professor Rabani Education University, as senior Afghan and U.S. education officials watched. The graduate program is part of a joint Afghan-U.S. effort to enhance education in Afghanistan. The ceremony at

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Four new tunnels to be built on Salang Highway

Officials of the Public Affairs Ministry said work on the construction of four new tunnels on Salang Highway are in the process. Salang Highway is an important link between northern and southern Afghanistan crossing the Hindukush mountain range under the

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Afghan Women Judges Encourage Female Students to Join Their Ranks

Afghan women face frequent discrimination, and under Afghan culture, it is more acceptable for women to express their grievances to female, rather than male, judges. Yet only around ten percent of the Afghan judiciary is female. More women judges could

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Reconstruction projects completed in Lashkargah

Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a number of reconstruction projects have been completed in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province. According to the city’s Mayor Mohammad Fazil Safi, the projects included construction of roads,

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New bridge to be built in Sar-e-Pul province

Local officials of the Sar-e-Pul province have reported about the deterioration of the province’s historical bridge called Pul-e-Khishti. The bridge was built during the reign of Sultan Mohammad Baiqara 600 years ago. Deputy Municipal Eng. Sayed Jalal Sadid said a

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Afghan Farmers Attend Agriculture-Business Seminar

PAKTIKA PROVINCE – Afghanistan – The first agricultural-business seminar was held in Orgun district, Feb. 10-11. The United States Department of Agriculture designed the seminar to teach fifty-one Afghan farmers how to maximize uses for their crops and contribute to

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Training for Afghan women on how to tap funding sources

The Afghan Women’s Business Federation (AWBF) has launched a training program titled “Improving Businesswomen’s Access to Source of Funds” aimed at enhancing women’s access to donor funds. The program will initially train 60 businesswomen in Kabul over 20-day phases. Plans

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Afghan Technologists and Media Experts Explore New Technologies at Kabul Innovation Lab

Technologists, media experts and entrepreneurs from across Afghanistan began a four-day forum and workshop today. This Innovation Lab will create new ways for the media to use digital and emerging technologies to reach new audiences and distribute content. The event

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Afghanistan must fulfill its promises, in order to be eligible for further aid

If Afghan government fails to tackle corruption and to spend the financial aid allocated to the implementation of intended projects, the US might cut of off additional aid to Afghanistan, warns a senior US official. Alex Thier, director of the

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Afghanistan joins Better Than Cash Alliance

Today the government of Afghanistan announced that it has joined the Better Than Cash Alliance by committing to transition significant volumes of cash payments to electronic. The Better Than Cash Alliance works with governments, the development community and the private

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AGFAIR exhibition in Kabul, Afghanistan

The international Agriculture Fair is held every year in Badambagh, Kabul to draw thousands of businesspeople from across the country and from as many as 15 nations including India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, New Zealand

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Agriculture Minister working to modernize Afghanistan’s agriculture

With more than 80% of the population engaged in farming, agriculture remains the core sector of Afghanistan’s economy. The three decades of war have certainly made farming challenging for the people, but the wars have not changed the central importance

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Access to Finance Exhibition

A two-day Access to Finance (A2F) Exhibition was held by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Afghanistan Banks Association (ABA). The first ever exhibition of its kind, A2F featured more than 40 exhibition booths of banks,

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Railroads-a must for Afghanistan mining

Researchers working for the U.S. military have drafted an 80-page report concluding that Afghanistan’s lack of railroad may be an obstacle to transforming its USD 1 trillion in mineral deposits into an economic engine. Afghanistan must develop a railway network

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USAID and Afghanistan Banks Association Open Access to Finance Exhibition

USAID Press Release- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Afghanistan Banks Association (ABA) today opened the Access to Finance (A2F) Exhibition. This two-day event connects banks and other financial institutions with enterprises looking for financing to

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USD 65m grant for promoting Afghan agriculture

A budget of USD 65mn is allocated for promoting agriculture in Afghanistan.  Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock will pay around USD 40mn from its own budget, while the remaining USD 25mn will be paid by the United States Agency

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Kabul Road Works are Partners’ Pride

Emergency road repairs continue apace in Kabul, months after its harshest winter in 20 years but their ongoing significance goes much beyond a smoother ride for residents of the Afghan capital. The road works are a shining example of the

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US to invest USD 297 million on Afghanistan’s energy sector

Wahidullah Shahrani told a news conference in Kabul that the US would invest USD 297 million in establishing coal energy producing plants and iron-sulphur separation laboratories in addition to developing a gas field. The US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

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Killing ‘Sesame Street’ In Pakistan

Yesterday, Mark Toner of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that it was cancelling funding for the Pakistani version of Sesame Street. According to Toner, the United States had received credible allegations of fraud and corruption. These allegations

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Killing 'Sesame Street' In Pakistan

Yesterday, Mark Toner of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that it was cancelling funding for the Pakistani version of Sesame Street. According to Toner, the United States had received credible allegations of fraud and corruption. These allegations

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Dialing down corruption in Afghanistan

Foreign Policy By Anjana Ravi and Eric Tyler  Last week, Afghan president Hamid Karzai surprised U.S. and coalition officials by announcing the creation of a special tribunal and prosecutor to seek redress for the almost two year old Kabul Bank

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300 Female Students from Eastern Afghanistan Complete Business Training

Today some 300 young women from high schools in Jalalabad, Mehtarlam and Asadabad received certificates after completing the Taraqi Saba, or “Development for Tomorrow,” business training course arranged by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Incentives Driving Economic

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