24 September 2019

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Wednesday September 4, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the meeting of the National Procurement Commission (NPC) was held Monday evening at Presidential Palace. According to BNA report, in the meeting, 46 procurement contracts were reviewed and as a result, 44 contracts worth nearly 10 billion Afghanis were approved by the commission. Meanwhile, the request for award of the contract to print two types of confidential stationaries of property directorate of Ministry of Education; conditioned to make contract around estimated price with printing enterprise. However; the contract for construction of Sarai Shamali bridge; related to Kabul Municipality; for further review on design, cost, capacity and capability of the proposed bidder was returned by NPC. Moreover, after reviewing, the commission approved the request of modification of a number of contracts.
The ministry of urban development and land requested for guidance of NPC on award of the contract for construction of 1400 apartments located at the first phase of Darulaman in Kabul; which after review and discussion; it was approved to the bidder who offered the lower price. Furthermore; the respective ministry requested for guidance on contract for design of Afghan National Museum building; which was approved by NPC. MoD requested for correction on the quantity of chicken meat; required by 207 Zafar Corp; which was also approved by NPC. MoI requested for guidance on procurement of fuel (Wood); which was approved by NPC and respected Ministry instructed to consider a substitute instead of wood for fuel. Subsequently; MoI submitted a request on two types of fuel; required by General Directorate of Afghan Public Protection Forces (APPF) and Enterprise Security; which after review and discussion; NPC provided the necessary guidance in this respect. The MoPH request on terminating of the contract for construction of a 50-bed hospital in the center of Nooristan province was also approved by NPC and respected Ministry assigned to refer the offender contractor to judicial authorities for legal prosecution. Based on the agenda; the NPC members reviewed the implementation report of previous NPC instructive decisions; which resulted in approval of some projects.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Lashkargah (BNA) Pomegranate yields increased in southern Helmand province compare to the last year, BNA reported.
According to the figures, four thousand, four hundred and sixty-five thousand tons of pomegranate were produced in almost one thousand sixty-five hectares of land in Helmand, while that number was reached to twenty thousand tons last year, BNA added.
Officials said, working with orchards, teaching farmers with modern methods of cultivation and expansion of the pomegranate plantations area across the Helmand were the main reasons for the increase of this fruit in the southern province.
Provincial director of agriculture, irrigation and livestock of Helmand Zulmai Alako told the agency, that among different kinds of pomegranate, 17 types of which are produced with the best quality in a short period of time.
Alako said they continue to educate and help gardeners on new gardening methods, adding that hundreds of new orchards to be created next year to further increase pomegranate yields in Helmand, according to the agency.
Gardeners in Helmand told BNA, that their products have more domestic consumer and being less exported to global markets.

Tuesday, September 03, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Afghan Ministry of Transport has created an online system for managing and tracking its countrywide infrastructure projects, Minister of Transport Yama Yari said in a press conference on Sunday, September 1st.
“The system has a dashboard where the general information regarding all of the ministry’s projects are inserted, how many projects are underwork, in which provinces, which districts, the values of these projects and their problems,” Yari added.
According to the minister of transport, the completion of this platform took almost two years and it will be available for all citizens to study project information and also file complaints about the deficiencies they notice in a project.  He further stated that the information on the system will be updated on a daily basis and it can help with the better supervision and keeping tracks of projects.  It comes as in the last two decades there have been concerns regarding the corruptions and lack of transparency in the Ministry of Transports’ infrastructure projects.  The ministry hopes that the new system will help in bringing transparency to their projects.

Tuesday, September 03, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah chaired the Council of Ministers’ (CM) economic committee meeting here at the Sapidar Palace yesterday, a statement said.
At the outset, Minister of Economy briefed the session on printing of books for Ministry of Education, saying tangible steps taken to help publish the books and other related materials of the ministry, the statement from Chief Executive Press Office said.
Meanwhile the ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology presented a report on activities of the Asan Khedmat Afghanistan, saying the issuance of driving license, marriage certificate, vehicle permission license and death certificate have further been eased and being issued from a single office, the statement added.
The meeting also discussed air pollution, achievements of rural rehabilitation and irrigation programs, the statement added.

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