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Wednesday August 29, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The 10th Session of Inter-governmental Commission on Economic and Trade between Afghanistan and Kazakhstan held at Kabul Serena Hotel.
The meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Najibullah Wardak, Deputy Minister of Customs and Revenue at Ministry of Finance and Mr. Talgat Yeshenkulov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan in presence of Acting Minister of Finance and Chief Advisor on Infrastructure and Technology to the President of Afghanistan. 
Mr. Alimkhan Yessengeldiyev, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Afghanistan, the relevant Deputy Minister and directors of different organizations participated in the event. “Launching intergovernmental sessions between the two countries is a sign of two countries' interest to strengthen bilateral relations. Strengthening economic and trade cooperation is one of the priorities of the Afghan government. and the Joint Intergovernmental Commission is considered as the main framework for us to expand our economic and trade relations, which can play a key role in this direction” said H.E. Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi, Acting Minister of Finance in the opening remarks while welcoming Kazakhstan’s delegation.
“Kazakh government is committed to fulfill its obligations and jointly works with the Afghan government to implement them” said Mr. Talgat Yeshenkulov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan while expressing his gratitude to the Afghan side for hosting the event.  He called on Afghanistan to provide them the list of government priority development projects for joint ventures. He also reminded of the importance of the Afghan-Kazakh Intergovernmental Commission as effective framework for bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
In the session, technical committees fully discussed strengthening and expanding economic and trade relations between Afghanistan and Kazakhstan, economic growth, transit and regional connectivity, Kazakhstan's investment in mines, the purchase of Kazakh oil and gas through government to government mechanism, Customs cooperation, increased exports and imports between the two countries, Kazakhstan's cooperation in education, higher education, agriculture, and other related issues.
At the end, the protocol of the 10th session of the Afghanistan-Kazakhstan Intergovernmental Commission, in terms of 11 sections and 34 articles, was signed by Dr. Najibullah Wardak, Deputy Minister of Custom and Revenue at Ministry of Finance, Mr. Talgat Yeshenkulov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the areas of trade and industry, transit and transportation, agriculture, petroleum and mines, higher education, banking and cultural Affairs.
 

Tuesday August 28, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Based on Union of money exchangers in Sari Shahzada, Kabul city, the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
                                                                           
One Dollar                                                          73/40       Afs
One Pound Sterling                                            93/90       Afs
One Euro                                                            84/40       Afs
One Emirate’s Dirham                                       19/80       Afs
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees                           597       Afs
One Thousand Indian Rupees                              1055       Afs
One Thousand Iranian Rupees                            07/60       Afs
M.A.Ansari
 

Tuesday August 28, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, national procurement commission’s session was held Saturday evening at the presidential palace, BNA reported. In the session, 22 procurement items were reviewed and as a result six new projects worth 2.8 billion Afghani that include the following items were approved by the commission:
– Consultative services contract for design and reviewing 40km road in Kabul city;
– Contract for provision and procurement of cooking oil with quality of home-product for central and regional units of MoD’s directorate of logistics for 1397 fiscal year;
– Contract for providing and distribution of water to E area of Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan hill;
– Contract for maintaining international radio through Voice Carrier;
– Contract for procurement two items (beef and lamb meet) needed by MoI based on framework contract;
– Contract for procurement two items (beef and lamb meet) needed by general directorate of prisons and custodies;
In the meantime, based the agenda, suggestions in connection with modification in some projects were also approved by the commission.
Besides, the following procurement items were reset for further reviews:
– Processing and signing sub contracts for renovation of Afghanistan embassy building to London;
– Contract for completion of roads inside of Taloqan city with length of 51.171km;
– Construction of small hydropower dam in Charkh district of Logar;
– Transferring of unusable planes from Hamid Karzai International Airport;
– Approval of granting contract for delivering approval services of tazkiras was reset and national procurement authority and Afghanistan Integrity Watch were tasked to assess the process and deliver comprehensive plans in this regard to the commission. Discussing road projects of Taloqan city, the country’s President stressed that the people needed roads, adding that not only this project but also other projects of Ghor and Takhar should be shared with infrastructures committee by ministry of public works so that necessary decisions would be made in this regard. Meanwhile, suggestions made by ministries of water and energy and urban development and housing were also approved by the commission and are as follows:
– Construction of Pashdan dam in Herat;
– Staring work on Shah Toot dam project;
– Procurement of 265 gabion project in five river zones for 34 provinces;
The commission’s session was attended by officials of national procurement authority, national and international observers including finance, budget and national economy commissions of national assembly, Afghanistan integrity watch, representative of SIGAR and RS.
 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Based on Union of money exchangers in Sari Shahzada, Kabul city, the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
                                                                           
One Dollar                                                              73        Afs
One Pound Sterling                                            92       Afs
One Euro                                                            84/20       Afs
One Emirate’s Dirham                                       19/80       Afs
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees                           597       Afs
One Thousand Indian Rupees                              1055      Afs
One Thousand Iranian Rupees                            07/75       Afs
T. Yarzada
 

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