20 April 2019

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Continuing its assistance for infrastructural development in Afghanistan, Czech Republic signed a contract with Afghan Women Capacity Building Institution based in Kunar here on Thursday.
The project worth 20 thousland USD and would be funded by the Czech Republic.  The project would produce 7 KW electricity and would benefit 250 families in Charaki village of Khas Kunar district of Kunar province.
While signing the contract, Czech Ambassador to Kabul Petr Stepanek said that his country assisted Afghanistan in areas of education and recently supported a female school in Kabul.  “We have also funded two bridges in Kunar as part of our welfare projects.”
Meanwhile deputy to Afghan Women Capacity Building Institution Arezo Nezam praised Czech’s assistance to Afghanistan and asked the country’s ambassador to pay a visit to the province and closely monitor the implementation of the project.
The Czech Republic Ambassador vowed that his country would continue its supports to Afghanistan.
Shukria Kohistani

Friday April 19, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan’s Trade Attache Radai Hotak visited Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan (UIET), Trend reports with reference to UIET.
The meeting was attended by the leadership of the UIET's International Trade Department and the Turkmenistan Trading House in Afghanistan.
The meeting participants confirmed their interest in building up mutually beneficial trade contacts and discussed a number of steps to diversify joint efforts for realizing the export potential of the partnership, the news report says.
Turkmenistan and Afghanistan are interested in the implementation of a regional transit project through Azerbaijan, according to a joint statement by the presidents of the two countries issued on February 24, 2019. The document was signed following the negotiations between President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in Ashgabat.
"The leaders of the countries express satisfaction with the beginning of the implementation of the five-sided agreement between Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey and Turkmenistan on transit and transport cooperation dated November 15, 2017 (the Lazurit, or Lapis Lazuli Corridor Agreement)," the statement says.
The parties also reaffirmed support for the proposal to hold a meeting of transport ministers and heads of the customs services of the state parties to the Agreement concluded in Ashgabat in May 2019.
The Lapis Lazuli transit project envisions construction of railways and highways connecting the city of Torghundi in Afghanistan’s Herat Province with Ashgabat, and further with the Caspian port of Turkmenbashi. The corridor will continue to Baku, then go through Tbilisi to Ankara with branches in Poti and Batumi, and continue from Ankara to Istanbul.
The budget of the project, which aims to facilitate transit logistics and simplify customs procedures, is estimated at $2 billion. The large-scale project is designed to increase the economic integration of the region and the volume of trade.


Tuesday April 16, 2019

Kabul (BNA) The 185th meeting of the National Procurement Commission (NPC) presided by H.E Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, which was held on Sunday evening, April 14th, 2019 at Presidential Palace. In this meeting, 19 procurement contracts were reviewed which resulted in approval of all contracts worth more than 36 Million USD (2.76 billion Afghanis). In the beginning, Dipl. Engineer, Alham Omar Hotaki, the CEO of National Procurement Authority (NPA), presented the report on implementation of Decree No. 129 of H.E the President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, on accountability of governmental organizations to the nation, which was put into practice by NPA. Subsequently, according to the agenda, the request for approval of the contract for reconstruction & rehabilitation of Archi Canal in Kunduz Province related to Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW), and request on approval of the contract for Hiring of Consulting Services Firm for Strategic Development Frameworks for Five Provincial Capital related to Ministry of Urban Development and Land (MUDL) were approved by NPC. In addition, the request for approval of the contract for procurement of high quality domestic rice required by military units & components of regional corps of border & public protection forces of Ministry of Defense (MoD), and request for approval of the contract for procurement of 106 types of medicines required by Ministry of Interior (MoI) were approved by NPC. Moreover, two requests for approval of the contract for procurement of two types of fuel (Diesel and Petrol) and request for procurement of 13 types of communications equipment required by Technic, Repair, Transportation & Maintenance Directorates of Office of Chief of Staff to the President (OCS) and request for approval of the contract for procurement of two types of Fuel (Diesel& Petrol) for vehicles of Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) were also approved by NPC. Similarly, the request for modification of the contract (Time and cost extension) with UNESCO organization for technical cooperation and protection ancient area of Aynak copper mine related to Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC), the request for modification of the contract (Time and cost extension), for procurement of engine oil required by Afghan Telecom Company and request for modification of the contract (Time extension) for reconstruction, construction and asphalt pavement of urban roads in Farah Province with 12.17 KM long related to Ministry of Transport(MoT) were also approved by NPC. The National Procurement Authority(NPA) requested NPC for approval of five-side MoU for procurement of domestic chicken, rice, dairy products and apple required by MoD & MoI for FY 1398 among NPA, Ministries of Interior (MoI), Ministry of Defense (MoD), Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), and Afghanistan National Poultry Association (ANPA), which after discussion and review, was approved by NPC, and H.E Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, expressed his gratitude for the efforts made by all involved representatives, in this respect. The Central Statistics & Information Organization requested the NPC on decision upon the project for purchase of 650 set of biometric devices with its related equipment which after review and discussion, was approved by NPC. The Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) presented two requests for guidance on evaluation report of the project for production of plastic and metal pipes, which were approved by NPC. The implementation of previous NPC instructive decision on approval of the consultancy service and analytical studies contract of electricity system & energy sector related to Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) was also approved by NPC. MoI requested NPC for guidance on discrepancy in cost of industrial enterprise sector and private bidders for procurement of bread required by central and regional military corps of 101, which was approved by NPC. MoD requested on correction of the costs of fifth, sixth, seventh, minimum & maximum amount of first and second sections of the contract for procurement of 17 types of cereal required by its military units and components, which NPC approved the respected requests. Two requests of MoT pertaining correction of contract date for construction of the road from Khwaja Bahauddin district to Yangi Qala of Takhar Province with 28.6 KM long (Beyond Kokcha), part 3 of Takhar Province were approved and MoT was entrusted to present the clear justification on time modification of the contract to NPC. The request on approval for termination of the contract for construction of Shorabak Spin Boldak road, the third section, was also approved by NPC. In this meeting, beside the NPC members, the officials of National Procurement Authority, the national and international observers including the Finance, Budget and National Economy Commissions of Lower House (Wolesi Jirga), the Integrity Watch Afghanistan(IWA), the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), and Combined Security Transition Command (CSTC-A) of the Resolute Support, had also participated.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Based on Union of money exchangers in Sari Shahzada, Kabul city, the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
One Dollar                                                          77/78        Afs
One Pound Sterling                                            101/20       Afs
One Euro                                                             86/50       Afs
One Emirate’s Dirham                                        21       Afs
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees                        534       Afs
One Thousand Indian Rupees                            1120       Afs
One Thousand Iranian Rupees                            05/80       Afs

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