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Extraction of coal halted in Samangan and Bamyan

Coal extraction activities have been halted in Samangan and Bamyan provinces. This comes after a mining incident in a coalmine in the Roy Do Aab district of Samangan province that resulted in the death of 27 miners. About 4,500-5000 labors

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Afghan Mines Minister heads off to Azerbaijan

Afghan Mines Minister Waheedullah Shahrani has headed off to Azerbaijan to meet with the Minister of Industries and Energy. The parties will discuss possible investment opportunities in the petroleum and mines sector of Afghanistan. Shahrani’s visit comes after a delegation

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Chinese firm asking for amendments to the Aynak Copper contract

The Chinese consortium that won one of Afghanistan’s largest natural resources concession, the Aynak Copper Mine, has claimed that the development commitments from their side were “conditional”. As per the contract, the China Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC) is bound to

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Australia to assist Afghanistan in developing the mining sector

Afghan Mines Minister Waheedullah Shahrani had led a delegation to Sydney, Australia to attend a mining development conference there next week. The Minister is expecting to hold a series of meeting with Australian officials on the sidelines of the conference

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Minister of Mines and Minister of Information and Culture receive the vote of confidence

Minister of Mines Waheedullah Shahrani and Minister of Information and Culture Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen received the vote of confidence from Afghanistan’s parliament after being summoned over their ministries’ budget spending on development. Eleven ministers who failed to spend more

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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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Could mineral wealth transform Afghan economy?

BBC News-Three international energy firms have been shortlisted to develop lucrative oil deposits in northern Afghanistan. It is hoped such deals could reduce dependency on foreign aid. BBC reporters visited three key industrial projects to see whether the hopes are

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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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Gas Reserves Discovered in Faryab Province of Afghanistan

Major natural gas reserves have been discovered in the Andkhoi district of northern Faryab province as a result of a 75-day survey carried out by the government at a cost of USD 7mn. The survey was conducted by a Canadian

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Regional intelligence interrupting mining services in Afghanistan

Mining Ministry Waheedullah Shahrani said that insecurity in Afghanistan is lessening foreign companies’ interest in investing in the mineral sector of Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s mineral sector is considered one of the main sources of income for the country post-2014; however, officials

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