20 November 2019

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Monday November 4, 2019
Kabul (BNA) the State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Mr Martin Jaeger, together with Dr Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi, Afghanistan’s Acting Minister of Finance, affirmed the continued German support to Afghanistan. By the end of 2019, the German government via the BMZ is making an additional AFN 6.2 billion (EUR 72 million) available to Afghan-German Cooperation projects, bringing the total commitment in the year 2019 to AFN 18.1 billion (EUR 211 million).
Acting Minister Qayoumi stated, ‘The Government of Afghanistan acknowledges the assistance of the German government in supporting Afghanistan on its path to building a stable democracy. Contributions to good governance, sustainable economic development and employment, urban development and municipal infrastructure will help the Government of Afghanistan move towards efficiency and self-sustainability. I sincerely thank the German government for continuing to help us make Afghanistan a safer and more prosperous place.’
State Secretary Jaeger stated, ‘Germany is prepared to continue to support Afghanistan on its path towards peace and democracy. Any future support needs to build upon the development gains made since 2001, particularly those which have benefitted women and girls. Germany will continue to play a prominent role as a long-term supporter of Afghanistan.’
In 2019, a total of AFN 14.1 billion (EUR 164.5 million) has been dedicated towards Financial Cooperation and AFN 4 billion (EUR 46.5 million) towards Technical Cooperation. Germany is eager to maintain its commitment as long as the Afghan state increases its anti-corruption measures, promotes good governance, and implements agreed reforms. The BMZ will thus continue to tie part of its funding to the accomplishment of indicators on good governance as stated in the Geneva Mutual Accountability Framework (GMAF), and to successful reforms and progress, especially on operations and maintenance in the energy sector. If these conditions are not met, part of the funding can be withheld.
Of the additional AFN 6.2 Billion (EUR 72 million)commitment, an amount of AFN 4.6 billion(EUR 53.5 million) in funds is allocated for Financial Cooperation to ongoing projects, including the Improvement of Power Supply by Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, the Kunduz-Kholm National Highway, and the Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF).The RIDF programme improves economic and social infrastructure in Northern Afghanistan while enabling provincial administrations to plan and implement development programmes independently.
Funding for ongoing Technical Cooperation projects will be added in the amount of AFN 1.6 billion (EUR 18.5 million) to projects including the Support to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and the Studies and Experts Fund. The Studies and Experts Fund finances small-scale measures, which support Technical Cooperation projects.
During government negotiations in April 2019, the German government made a commitment of AFN 5 billion (EUR 59 million) towards development cooperation. A further amount of AFN 6.8 billion (EUR 80 million) was provided for the financing of the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) in September 2019. This World Bank administered fund seeks to stabilise Afghanistan by promoting good governance.
The continued commitment follows the GMAF, mapped out at the Geneva Conference in 2018, which stresses the mutual accountability between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the international community, and provides an important basis for cooperation. The continued German commitment also contributes to the international commitment laid out in the Brussels Conference in 2016, which ensures continued international political and financial support for Afghanistan until 2020in order to build a strong Afghan-led state and strong institutions.
Furthermore, these continued commitments provide an opportunity for both the German and the Afghan sides to align their contributions and meet their national requirements for the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out by the Paris Agreement.

Monday, November 04, 2019
Ghazni (BNA) The provincial agriculture irrigation and livestock directorate of Ghazni province has distributed 5 thousand kgs of saffron onions to the farmers of the province BNA reported.
Saffron onions and agricultural materials have been distributed to the farmers in Malistan, Jaghatu and Qarabagh districts of the province.
In the meantime, forty saffron workers, including twenty men and twenty women are under training in Ghazni, for how to produce and process the saffron production, according to the agency.

Monday, November 4, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with a number of Afghan traders in Tashkent on the sideline of the Shangahi Cooperation Organization (SCO) council of heads of government the other day, a statement said yesterday.
The Afghan traders shared their problems and views on enhancing bilateral trade ties with Uzbekistan, the statement from Chief Executive Press office said.
Hearing traders’ views, Dr. Abdullah said bilateral diplomatic and trade ties between the two countries were improving, adding that has shared Afghan traders’ problems with the Uzbek side, the statement added.

Sunday, November 03, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Based on Union of money exchangers in Sari Shahzada, Kabul city, the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
One Dollar                                                         78/15        Afs
One Pound Sterling                                            100      Afs
One Euro                                                            86/80       Afs
One Emirate’s Dirham                                       21/20       Afs
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees                       497       Afs
One Thousand Indian Rupees                            1100       Afs
One Thousand Iranian Rupees                            7       Afs

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