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MRRD launches power projects in two Provinces

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Officials in Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development have launched a power project for two provinces in Afghanistan, saying we will test if the following projects suits then in the long run it will cover all Afghanistan.

113 $ million will be paid by the Aspin and South Korea countries for the cost of the projects.

Meanwhile officials in chamber of commerce and industry have expressed its optimisms saying the following projects will increase the internal products of the local residents in the two provinces.

MRRD Spokesman Ali Akbar Rustami said,” the main object behind these projects is to encourage investors to invest in remote areas of Afghanistan, and to expand the economic activities.”

Chamber of Commerce and Industry deputy Khanjan Alkozai said,” the following type of projects will boost the economy and will create jobs opportunities for the local residents, we as the officials in CCI support such projects.”

Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation Development MRRD has been capable to create 56 mega watt of power in the past 13 years in Afghanistan; efforts are underway to cover Afghanistan.

Reported by Nusrat Parsa

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Kabul, Tehran review cooperation, agree to draw up new strategy

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Iran and Afghanistan have agreed to draw up a comprehensive strategic economic document on bilateral cooperation, the head of Iran’s Customs Administration (IRICA) said.

According to Mehdi Mirashrafi, IRICA chief, “facilitating trade, exchanging customs information, solving border problems and developing transit are on the agenda of Iran and Afghanistan.” 

Speaking to journalists after a video conference with Afghan officials, Mirashrafi said: “The two sides decided to prepare a comprehensive strategic economic document, considering the determinations of the two countries for strategic cooperation.”

Tehran Times reported that on the activation of the Iran-Afghanistan-Uzbekistan Tripartite Transit Corridor and the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Iran (KTAI) Quadripartite Corridor, Mirashrafi said: “This trend shows the serious determination of the Iranian Customs to facilitate transit through Afghanistan and connect Central Asian countries to international waters through the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.”

He also said Chabahar Port was one of the major issues discussed in the meeting.

“The port of Chabahar is an important and vital port for Afghanistan in the field of transit of goods through Iran, and accordingly, the Afghan side has demanded reducing visa fees and transit fees and reconsidering the penalties for customs violations in the transit route through Iran.”

The Chabahar seaport has been a vital development in Afghanistan’s efforts to increase connectivity with the region for trade purposes. 

The port is partly intended to provide an alternative for trade between India and Afghanistan as it is 800 kilometers closer to the border of Afghanistan than Pakistan’s Karachi port.

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Pakistan’s exports to Afghanistan drop by 43.6% in July

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Pakistan’s exports of goods and services to Afghanistan dropped by 43.61 percent in July against the same period last year, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) reported. 

According to Pakistan’s The Nation, exports totaled $61.25 million this July against exports to the value of $108.64 last year. 

Imported products from Afghanistan also dropped by 56.7 percent from $9.7 million last July to $4.2 million this year. 

SBP also reported an overall decline in exports to other countries in the same period. In July exports dropped by 14.57 percent from $2.2 billion to $1.89 billion. 

Much of this could be attributed to the closure of all Pakistan’s borders in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Only in June did Pakistan start opening borders again with Afghanistan. 

Three key trade routes — Chaman, Torkham, and Ghulam Khan border crossings opened but had to deal with major backlogs. 

Pakistan and Afghanistan share 18 crossing points. The most commonly used ones are Torkham and Chaman.

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India launches ‘air travel bubble’ with Afghanistan during pandemic

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India has established an air transport bubble with Afghanistan enabling Indian airlines and Afghanistan’s Ariana Airline to operate services between the two countries. 

In an advisory posted on their website Tuesday, India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation stated there will however be some restrictions. 

Those who will be able to fly to India from Afghanistan include Indians stranded in Afghanistan, all Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders in possession of Afghanistan passports and foreigners, including diplomats, holding valid visas issued by an Indian Mission under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30 June 2020. 

From India to Afghanistan, passengers allowed to travel are Afghan nationals/residents and foreign nationals in possession of a valid Afghan visa. 

Secondly, any Indian national holding any type of valid visa from Afghanistan and destined for the country will be allowed to travel. 

However, the advisory stated that the onus will also be on airlines to ensure there are no travel restrictions for Indian nationals to enter Afghanistan before issuing a ticket or boarding pass. 

Transport or travel bubbles are temporary arrangements between two countries aimed at restarting commercial passenger services when regular international flights are suspended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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