24 January 2017

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Based on Khan Mohammad Baz’ head of currency exchangers in Kabul, Shahzada market report the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
                                                                                   
One Dollar                                            66/65 afgs                           
One Pound Sterling                              82/60 afgs                         
One Euro                                              71/15 afgs                        
One Emirate’s Dirham                         18/15 afgs                          
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees          616 afgs                        
One Thousand Indian Rupees               1026 afgs             
One Thousand Iranian Rupees             16/75 afgs                       
 

Monday January 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations said that last year (2016), $7bln have been added to economy of the country, through returning of Afghans from foreign countries.
Due to deteriorating security situation, the flow of Afghans to European countries has been unprecedented over the last years, some of whom have returned home due to problems they were facing in foreign countries. Mohammad Ali, an Afghan engineer who had gone to Germany and has returned home after three months, told that seeking asylum in foreign countries is a very difficult and long process. “I have faced many problems when I left my country for abroad,” he further said. “At first, I wanted to also take my family with me to Germany, but fortunately, I didn’t do so,” he added. He added whoever goes to Europe and thinks he can find a good place to live, makes a big mistake. He believes that if the people want, they can work in Afghanistan. Obaid, another returnee said, ‘I have voluntarily returned home, because, I found nowhere better than my homeland.’ ‘I suggest all my countrymen not to leave their country, and if they did, don’t comeback,’ he added. Unfortunately, recent illegal immigrations to European countries have caused to negatively affect the country’s economy.
But fortunately, with returning hundreds of Afghan refugees to Afghanistan, $7bln have been added to economy of the country—a move which is considered as a constructive step toward improvement. At the same time, Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi, the minister of refugees and repatriations said, ‘the ministry has inaugurated a ‘Digital Information Center’ for refugees, as currently, Torkham-Nangarhar and Islam-Qala-Herat borders have already been connected with the center and soon Nimroz-Spinboldak will also be connected with the center.’ He added that until the end of 2017, Kabul Airport and eight other provinces of the country will be connected with the Digital Information Center. According to the MoRR officials, the system has established with financial assistance of US Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM) and IOM. Based on the World Bank estimation, annually, over $2bln is being sent to Afghanistan by Afghan refugees living abroad. According to the figures released by MoRR, more than one million Afghans have returned home in 2016, 950,000 of whom have been volunteers.
Shukria Kohistani
 

Monday, January 23, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Presided over by the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the National Procurements Commission (NPC) held meeting, the President Press Office said in a statement the other day.
According to the statement, the following projects were discussed and decision made on them:
- Transferring ATRA money to Central Bank has been confirmed.
- Extension of contract on construction of forty-classroom complex of Sayed Jamaluddin Afghan University has been approved for nine months.
- Contract worth afs 160mln has been approved on asphalting 8Km road of Borg-Surkhab villages of Mohammad Agha district, Logar province.
- Procurement contract worth afs 23mln has been confirmed for 5 vehicles to Da Afghanistan Bank.
But the contracts on construction of Herat University’s students’ affairs office and construction of protective walls around Albironi University have been rejected by the NPC, the statement added.
The NPC also returned two other projects on building Afghanistan Embassy in Islamabad and construction of Kame Nawabad-Sangar Saray road in eastern Nangarhar province for further review, the statement continued.
In the meeting, CE Dr. Abdullah, Second Vice President, Sarwar Danesh, presidential senior advisor on infrastructures’ affairs, the NPC members, SIGAR observers and other related officials were present, the statement concluded.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Based on Khan Mohammad Baz’ head of currency exchangers in Kabul, Shahzada market report the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
                                                                                   
One Dollar                                            66/72 afgs                           
One Pound Sterling                              82/50 afgs                         
One Euro                                              71/10 afgs                        
One Emirate’s Dirham                         18/19 afgs                          
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees          612afgs                        
One Thousand Indian Rupees               105 afgs             
One Thousand Iranian Rupees             16/89 afgs                       
 

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