24 February 2018

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Saturday February 24, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Work on TAPI gas pipeline to transfer the natural gas of Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India through Afghanistan was inaugurated in the western Herat province amid tight security on Friday.
Ahead of inauguration of the work for TAPI project, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in his tweet said “A new chapter of economic growth and regional connectivity starts right here in the economic and cultural hub of Afghanistan. Among hundreds of guests attending the ceremony in Jalaluddin Mohammad Balkhi hall of Herat Province, were President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and India’s Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar. Addressing the opening ceremony in Herat, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani besides welcoming TAPI leaders, congratulated the day to all Afghans and the people of Turkmenistan, Pakistan and India
“Today Herat sends message of hope and rehabilitation to the region. This is not only gas project, but includes electricity, Fiber Optic and Railway,” the president told the gathering. The President went on saying that Afghans’ message was regional cooperation, adding people were committed to provide security for the project. The President called Herat as the crossroad of the Asia, saying the province would remain the crossroad and Herat’s doors reveals the broad communication of the province. Hinting to importance of big infrastructural projects, President Ghani said transmission of 500KV electricity from Turkmenistan to Pakistan via Afghanistan would connect two major economic zones (Herat and Kandahar) with each other.
“TAPI to bring peace and stability in the country and would create job opportunities as well as increases the country’s revenues,” the president noted.
“We don’t have enmity with any country. National interest is our priority and we want to be the focal point of regional cooperation,” the president added. Concluding his remarks, President Ghani thanked Turkmen counterpart’s efforts for implementation of the project. Meanwhile addressing his remarks, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow called TAPI a model for regional cooperation, adding the project would create international communications in term business and economy. “Such economic project to have positive impact on Afghanistan’s economic growth and will bring peace and stability in the country,” The Turkmen president added. He also assured his country’s cooperation with Afghanistan.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi congratulated inauguration of the project in Afghanistan, saying TAPI was a dream a century ago and is now being implemented and would change the situation in the region. “Afghanistan plays central role in the project. I would like to thank President Ghani’s commitment for the project. I believe the project to bolster ties among regional countries,” Pakistani prime minister said. Following India’s Minister of State for External Affairs Mubashir Jaweed Akbar said Cheshti and Naqshbandi dynasty had established the relation between Afghanistan and India.
He said TAPI would change people’s life in these countries, calling the project beginning of the economic growth and end of the poverty. He also called Afghanistan heart of the Asia and the country’s struggle against challenges as magic. At the end of the ceremony officials of the four countries visited Afghan Handicrafts’ exhibition and attended the reception hosted by President Ghani. Meanwhile Turghondi railway was also inaugurated during a ceremony attended by officials of the two countries. The 500 KV electricity line, railway and Fiber Optic to be also implemented along with TAPI project. TAPI project, according to officials, would transport 33 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Galkynysh gas reserve of Turkmenistan annually along an 1,800 km route to Fazilka near the border with Pakistan in northern India. Afghanistan would earn 500 million U.S. dollars as royalty each year from TAPI project, according to officials.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashrasf Ghani met with Herat provincial council members in Ghazi Amanullah Khan Hal the other day and heard their demands and suggestions, the presidential palace said in a statement.
According to the statement, at the outset, Mohammad Asif Rahimi, Herat governor while welcoming the president and his accompanied delegation to that province said, “We are glad that you have visited Herat for 7th time.”
Herat people support the government programs and now they trust in the government’s capabilities more than ever, he said, the statement added.
Afterward, Herat people representative in Wolesi Jirga, Mohammad Salih Saljouqi said, “Your effort on implementation of infrastructural and development programs are appreciable.”
He added TAPI project would help stabilize Afghanistan and the region.
By implementation of big economic projects, Afghanistan could be changed into East Asia gate, he further said, the statement continued.
He stressed that people support government’s constructive economic plans an action proves your firm will, the statement added.
Pointing at practically starting of TAPI project, the president while congratulating it to Herat people said TAPI was a fundamental point to our people and regional countries as well.
He clarified that Herat and other parts of the country are being developed and thanked those who worked a lot in the respect.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Nili (BNA) Construction work on Sokhtook electricity dam in Daikundi will be completed within a month.
According to Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), construction work on the dam will soon complete and will generate electricity within a month, DABS says that Sokhtook electricity dam, which located in vicinity of Nili, capital city of Daikundi, constructed with total cost of 55 million funded by DABS.
The dam will generate 700 kilowatts electricity and is to maintain electricity for 2000 families in the city.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the National Procurement Commission’s “NPC” meeting was held yesterday at presidential palace.
In the session, 10 projects were reviewed and discussed and as a result, seven new projects worth more than 481 million Afghani were approved.
Contract of overtime of 15 km road project inside of Mazar-e-Sharif city, contract of reconstruction project of 30.68 km macadamized road and its canal from Doaabi – Malam area of Khost Fereng district of Baghlan, contract for appointment of partner organization for implementation of Citizen Covenant Project in Jalalabad city, contract for procurement of fuel to directorate of VIP’s security and protection for 1397 fiscal year and contract for procurement of 77 items of equipment to general directorate of transmission and information technology for 1397 fiscal year.
In the session, the country’s President instructed that for addressing improper condition in management of public protection enterprise, a session should be held under his chairmanship and with participation of ministers of finance, economy and national procurement authority as well as public protection enterprise.
Moreover, report of a delegation tasked for reviewing general directorate of prisons and custodies was discussed and the minister of interior was tasked to deliver principal reform plan of the respective directorate to presidential office as well as suggestions of the tasked delegation should be implemented and its report should be shared with Attorney General Office for investigation of violations.

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