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Japan, Afghanistan Sign Accord on Demining Project in Panjshir, Parwan Provinces

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The Embassy of Japan in Afghanistan has signed an accord with the government and announced its contribution to a demining project in Parwan and Panjsher provinces.

During a ceremony, Keiichi Hara, Charge d’Affaires ad interim of the Embassy of Japan, signed the Grant Contract with Kefayatullah Eblagh, Director of Afghan Technical Consultants (ATC) with a total amount of USD 600,109.

According to the Japanese embassy, the mine clearance project will be implemented in Parwan and Panjsher provinces under Japan’s assistance scheme “Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GAGP)”.

Successful implementation of this project will clear 678,882 square meters of minefields and battlefields in mentioned provinces. Beside mine clearance, the project also includes Mine Risk Education (MRE) for the residents of the targeted provinces.

This project will benefit more than 2,415 households in Parwan and Panjsher provinces. The area cleared from landmines and explosive remnants of war in these provinces will provide safe grounds for local residents to conduct their daily activities.

The cleared areas will be used for agriculture, animals’ grazing and safe movements of local residents and people passing Kabul – Mazar-e-Sharif highway.

Despite efforts have been to eradicate mines in all across the country, but there is still a high level of casualties regarding them.

“At least 180 people lose their lives or some parts of their bodies by mines and remained unexploded materials in each month. The Japanese government has assisted billions of dollars since 2001 in different sectors,” said Muhammad Hamid Wardak, chairman of the mine clearance department.

Japan has been assisting Afghanistan’s nation-building efforts in various fields including security, education, health, culture, humanitarian assistance, agriculture, infrastructure and its capacity development.

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Three-day expo of Iranian goods and services underway in Kabul

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Iran is hosting a three-day trade exhibition in Kabul in the hope of strengthening bilateral trade ties with Afghanistan. 

Speaking at the event, Iran’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Bahador Aminian said the exhibition aims to promote trade and share technical “know-how” with Afghanistan. 

Iran’s Commercial Consular in Kabul Javanmard Qassab said the exhibition will last for three days in an effort to introduce Iranian products to Afghan customers.

He said the embassy was hoping to sign agreements between Iranian and Afghan businesses. 

Trade value between the two countries has now topped $1.5 billion, with Iran exporting a large amount of goods to its neighbor annually. 

Afghan traders are also showcasing their products to Iranian businesses.

 Representatives of 21 Iranian companies that offer services within the municipal sector are participating along with 54 other Iranian companies. 

These companies are from a cross-sector of the commercial industry including technical and engineering services, along with electricity, energy and telecommunications providers.

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Gov’t approves four wind and solar power projects

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The Afghan High Economic Council has approved four wind and solar power projects in Herat, Kabul and Balkh provinces.

Laima Khurram, director of public-private partnership policy at the Ministry of Finance, said the projects would cost an estimated $160 million.

“One of the wind power projects is in Herat with a capacity of 25 megawatts, another 40-megawatt solar power project is in Mazar, another 25-megawatt solar power plant is in Herat,” she said.

The projects are part of a public-private partnership between the government and the private sector.

This comes after last month’s agreement between the Afghan government and an Emirati company to generate 3,000 megawatts of solar power in Afghanistan. 

Afghanistan currently needs 2,000 megawatts of electricity to light homes and power the economy. However, it relies heavily on imported power from neighboring countries.

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Atmar addresses concerns of Afghans in Tajikistan

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On a two-day official visit to Dushanbe, Tajikistan, acting foreign affairs minister Haneef Atmar met with a number of Afghan refugees, students and business owners at the Afghan Embassy on Friday evening where he discussed challenges they are facing. 

In a statement issued by foreign affairs on Saturday, the ministry said Atmar assured students and business owners that problems they have been dealing with – specifically due to COVID-19 – would be addressed as soon as possible. 

Easy border crossings for bilateral trade was also addressed and the embassy was instructed to assist refugees with problems they are facing, the statement read. 

Addressing Afghan students that attended the meeting, Atmar said it was important for them to return to their home country once they had completed their studies so as to help with the development of Afghanistan.

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