Ayaz Gul VOA News April 20, 2017 ISLAMABAD — Members of parliament from Pakistan and Afghanistan are scheduled to hold a rare official dialogue next week in Kabul to find ways to promote tension-free ties between their two countries. Officials on both sides Thursday told VOA that Pakistani lawmakers will be traveling to the Afghan capital
Hikmat Sorosh VOA News April 15, 2017 KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — Steeped in centuries of seemingly impenetrable tea tradition, Afghanistan’s capital is getting a little coffee buzz. Nargis Aziz Shahi says business has been increasing day by day since she opened iCafe a couple of weeks ago. Looking a little like a brick-walled Starbucks with a distinctively
Tolo News: Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Sunday said Iran retained its position as the country’s largest trade partner for 2016. Statistics by the ACCI shows that Iran’s trade value with Afghanistan for 2016 was $1.8 billion USD. However trade volumes between Afghanistan and Pakistan for 2016 dropped by $1.2 billion USD. Iran’s
Tolo News: Mohammad Rustam Raghi, governor of Badakhshan’s Raghistan district, said on Friday the Taliban is making three million AFs per month from the Raghistan Gold Mine and the money gets divided among 30 armed anti-government groups. “Taliban has divided Raghistan Gold Mine among 30 groups and every group earns 100,000 AFs per month. Taliban then
Krithika Varagur VOA News April 6, 2017 JAKARTA — Afghan president Ashraf Ghani’s historic two-day visit to Indonesia was largely focused on economic ties between the young democracies. Indonesian president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo promised to build a large hospital and Islamic center in Afghanistan in addition to signing several agreements for further cooperation. The leaders also
Associated Press: The Afghan government is trying to grab the attention of President Donald Trump and gain greater U.S. support by dangling its massive and untouched wealth of minerals, including lithium, the silvery metal used in mobile phone and computer batteries that is considered essential to modern life. Click here to read more (external link). Related
JAKARTA, April 5 (Xinhua) — The governments of Indonesia and Afghanistan on Wednesday pledged to bring their bilateral cooperation to a higher level. “Indonesia is ready for sharing experience on reconciliation for creating peace,” Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Wednesday after meeting with his Afghan counterpart Mohammad Ashraf Ghani at the State Palace. “Going forwards,
1TV: The Afghan wedding halls will no longer receive “cash payments” from their customers based on the Finance Ministry’s new measure. The plan will require wedding halls to receive payments from their customers through the banking system. The measure is part of efforts to counter corruption and tax evasion. Click here to read more (external link).
CNBC: Last week, Afghanistan released new data showing opium production is surging, information that dovetailed with a widely circulated 2016 United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report that showed similar findings. The primary problem is a new strain of genetically modified seed that comes from China, which allows poppies to be grown year round.
Ayaz Gul VOA News March 20, 2017 Pakistan opened all border crossings with landlocked Afghanistan for travelers and trade convoys Monday, a month after closing them on grounds terrorists were using Afghan soil for plotting deadly attacks against the country. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has taken the decision “as a goodwill gesture” and hoped the