AFP: A vast field of towering white poppies sways gently in the breeze, silky petals sometimes tumbling to the ground, a visible marker of the resilience of Afghanistan’s lucrative opium trade. The sight of a seemingly endless expanse of opium-producing flowers is common across rural Afghanistan, but this farm is in the centre of government-controlled Lashkar
Khaleej Times: Afghanistan launched on Monday 43 tenders for natural resource projects as part of a global initiative to attract investment into its mineral sector that has assets estimated to be worth $1 trillion. Afghan Minister of Mines and Petroleum Nargis Nehan said 14 tenders would be opened for large-scale projects to international companies through a
1TV: Pakistan closed its airspace in February after India carried out airstrike, following a suicide bombing in India-controlled Kashmir that was claimed Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad. The closure has doubled flying time to India, which is currently happening through Iran, increasing fuel costs for airlines and fares for passengers. Click here to read more (external link).
1TV: In 2018, the country’s economic growth was 2.2 percent. ADB said that focusing on infrastructure development will help bring about long-term growth in Afghanistan and address persistent issues affecting the country’s economic prospects, apart from security, including poor connectivity, poor access to limited energy supply, and low agriculture productivity. Click here to read more (external
Tolo News: Based on the study, 32 percent of six-member families had only one working person. The study shows that 48 percent of families have no educated woman. The level of multidimensional poverty, according to the study, ranges from a low of 12 percent in Kabul to a high of 81 percent in Badghis province in
Power Technology: Global technology company Siemens has received an order from Bayat Power to supply SGT-A45 mobile unit for the Bayat Power Phase 1 project in Afghanistan. Equipped with an aero-derivative gas turbine, the SGT-A45 mobile unit has the capacity to generate up to 41MW, enough to power approximately 200,000 homes in the region.The gas-fired power
1TV: “A country cannot call itself a country and claim to be independent unless it is economically independent,” Ghani said addressing a ceremony to introduce his new adviser Waheed Omar. “Foreign aid has taken no country to prosperity, it has been an instrument.” Ghani said that Afghanistan’s resources should be developed in a balanced manner. Click
1TV: Afghanistan is ranked third least happy country in the world, according to an annual survey released on Wednesday. The 2019 World Happiness Report, released by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, showed that Afghanistan were nine spots down from last year. Afghanistan is only above Central African Republic and South Sudan in the latest index.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty March 16, 2019 The United Nations Security Council has adopted a temporary six-month rollover of the UN mission in Afghanistan after a spat between the United States and China prevented a full resolution. Council diplomats on March 15 said the United States objected to language in a resolution that urged strengthened
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty March 5, 2019 Uzbekistan’s Foreign Ministry says the head of the Taliban’s political office in Qatar has expressed interest in cooperating with Tashkent in order to push Afghanistan’s peace process forward. A ministry statement issued from Tashkent on March 5 says Afghan Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar also welcomed Uzbekistan’s