26 September 2020

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Thursday September 24, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Ashraf Ghani participated at a ceremony, where four public-private partnership energy projects were signed between Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat and the private sector at the presidential palace on Wednesday.
Presidential palace by releasing a statement reported BNA, Attaullah Naseeb, the head of Afghanistan Investment Facilitation Unit in his opening remarks said, “The four new power purchase agreements are some of the biggest by Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, which represents a total of 160 million US Dollars of investment and about 110 megawatts of generation capacity to be added to the national grid over the next 18 to 27 months.”
Dawood Noorzai, the Chief Executive of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat delivered a presentation on the projects and said, “We will transform DABS from a government-owned agency to an enterprise which focuses on customer service and customer satisfaction.”
Ross Wilson, the US Chargé d’Affaires in his remarks termed access to electricity is essential for improving the lives of the Afghan citizens and said the projects are an important part of the America’s effort to improve lives in this country and to promote economic growth.
“They reflect America’s long-term commitment here and our interest in a strong private sector that can further drive opportunities, prosperity and growth in this country,” added Ross Wilson.
The U.S. Chargé d’Affaires stressed the United States will continue to strongly support the Islamic Republic and the Afghan people toward peace and security, economic prosperity, better lives for Afghans and rights and opportunities for all.
President Ashraf Ghani in his closing remarks praised the private sector’s partnership during the spread of coronavirus and expressed satisfaction over investment in the energy sector.
He said, “This is product of a legal framework where now production, transmission and distribution all are open to the private sector.”
The president said the collaboration between the Afghan government and international partners especially USAID made the vision of a unified national grid possible.
The president talked over energy potentials of Afghanistan from hydro, solar and wind, and said Afghanistan wants to become the roundabout of energy and a hub of production and green energy.
“Without reliable affordable energy we cannot become an exporting country,” added the president while calling energy ‘the infrastructure of infrastructure’. The PPP projects will be funded jointly by private investors developers and the USAID and provide a 110 megawatts of electric power for one million Afghan citizens and their businesses.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Kandahar (BNA) By building an irrigation canal in Kandahar, water was supplied to hundreds acres of cropland.
The canal runs six hundred meters between hundreds of acres of farmland in Dand district.
The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development has spent eight million Afghanis to build the canal.
An official from Kandahar Rural Rehabilitation and Development told BNA that with construction of this canal, water was supplied to hundreds acres of farmers' fields.
Farmers say their cultivation has not flourished before due to water shortages.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday September 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Ashraf Ghani, National Procurement Commission (NPC) convened 11th session of the fiscal year at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday. 
NPC by releasing a statement reported, in this session the National Procurement Authority presented a concept with proposed options for procurement reform coupled with strengthening transparency and efficiency in ministries of Defense and Interior Affairs.
The NPC acknowledged the concept and provided relevant instructions for further process of the concept, the statement added.
Moreover, NPC also reviewed requests for instructions, memos and procurement issues raised by MoD and MoIA and availed them appropriate instructions, the statement further added.
NPC once again accentuated to break the monopoly of contractors, create a proper mechanism for tax clearance of contractors and evaluate their investments.
MoD and MoIA were also instructed to strengthen cost estimation mechanisms and strengthening procurement proceedings. In this NPC meeting, besides its members national and international observers had also participated, the statement underlined.

Wednesday September 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA) In presence of President Ashraf Ghani, Ministry of Urban Development and Land and MCC19 Company signed the contract of the first phase of Nila Bagh project at the Presidential Palace yesterday.
The project will be funded by the government of the People’s Republic of China at cost of 71 million dollars.
The first phase of the project will cover construction of 1400 apartments in Nila Bagh area of Kabul.
The project’s memorandum of understanding had been signed in 2015 between the governments of Afghanistan and China.

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