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MRRD signs 70 public projects with village councils

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Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) has signed 70 public utility projects with village councils in the fields of water management, construction of roads and providing clean drinking water on Saturday.

The minister of rural rehabilitation and development says these projects are very effective for agriculture growth in the country.

“Agriculture grows by itself, if we have water and constructed roads,” Nasir Ahmad Durani, minister of rural rehabilitation and development said.

Durani also emphasized that the employment fields will be provided with implementation of these projects.

“The total cost of these projects are 423 million Afg. More than 231 thousand people will benifit from these projects and more than 122 working days to be created.” Durani added.

The cost of these projects will be paid by Asian Development Bank, Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Finance.

The projects in management of water was said to be 47 that will be implemented in Kabul, Baghlan, Badakhkshan, Balkh, Ghor, Logar, Bamyan, Takhar, Kunduz, Nangarhar and Samangan province.

The other 23 projects in construction of roads and providing clean drinking water will be implemented in Paghman and Bagrami districts of Kabul, Arghandab district of Kandahar and Jawzjan, Kunar, Nangarhar, Daikundi, Balkh.

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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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