20 November 2019

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Saturday, November 02, 2019
Kabul (BNA)  The central bank (Da Afghanistan Bank) and the Attorney General Office (AGO) on Thursday inked an agreement on sharing information about money-laundering, counter-terrorism and other crimes.
DAB deputy director, Wahidullah Nawsher, briefed the audience on importance of the agreement to a gathering held on this regard at the DAB conference hall.  Meanwhile, Khwaja Abdul Haq Ahmadi, deputy head of AGO, also called the agreement very fruitful in sharing information.
He said the AGO and DAB had such cooperation previously, but the cooperation would further increase with the new agreement.  He informed the AGO had held similar agreements with several other authorities and the accords had good achievements.
Nasar Ahmad Yousafzai, financial department official of DAB, said on the occasion that cooperation the attorney office would surge in technical sections to counter several monetary crimes.

Friday November 01, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The government of Afghanistan has issued a Request for Prequalification (RfQ) for the construction of a 40-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) park in the country’s northern province of Herat.
The deadline for submitting proposals is November 30, 2019, the Ministry of Energy and Water announced. A meeting for interested companies and consortia will be held on November 5, 2019.
The project will be implemented on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis, with the selected developer winning the right to develop, finance, build, own, operate, maintain and transfer the power plant. It will be developed under the World Bank’s Scaling Solar program with assistance from the multilateral lender’s private finance arm the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which will act as lead transaction advisor.
Meanwhile, the Afghani government is awaiting proposals by October 30 in another tender for a 40-MW solar project, expecting to prequalify bidders and launch a request for proposals (RfP) in December.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Today, the U.S.  Agency for International Development (USAID) sponsored the first Afghanistan National Young Innovators in Agriculture Competition, an activity aimed at engaging Afghan students in tackling the problem of post-harvest loss in high value crops. 
In Afghanistan, farmers lose more than a third of their harvest before it reaches the consumer.
Students from agriculture and veterinary vocational schools participated in an intensive six-month program that included courses in agri-business, post-harvest science, and technology prototype development and design.
Next, the students designed and developed equipment prototypes to combat post-harvest loss in one of three categories: fresh fruits, dried fruit, or nuts and spices.  Students also received mentoring for the development of their prototypes and training on how to pitch their ideas to investors.
In September, over 100 students participated in regional competitions.  Today, the finalists from Kabul, Balkh, Nangarhar, Herat, and Kandahar participated in the national competition held at Kabul’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority.  The students from the top three teams will receive an internship at an agribusiness and a cash prize.
“USAID is excited and proud to support young Afghan innovators in agriculture and provide them with the tools to be part of creating innovative solutions that improve the lives of Afghan farmers,” said USAID Mission Director Peter Natiello.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Maimana (BNA) The new airport terminal of Faryab opened yesterday BNA reported.
According to the information of the public relation of the civil aviation authority, the inauguration ceremony of the airport was attended by Dr. Naqeebullah Fayeeq governor of Faryab province and head of the independent civil aviation authority and other government officials.
The construction work of Faryab airport terminal began in mid-1986 and was completed at a cost of 21 million Afghanis, funded by the civil aviation authority.
This terminal has all the facilities needed for a local airfield.
T. Yarzada

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