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Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Kabul (BNA) The first-ever prizes for Program Dewi or Nor Nouawari of the ministry for communication and information technology was distributed on Tuesday. Speaking at the prize distribution ceremony, the minister for communication and information technology Amirzai Sangin said the objective of the program at a cost of 5 million US dollars which is financed by the World Bank is to boost the utilization of mobile by developing information technology, saying the youth and people from all walks of life can present their suggestions and projects on how to use mobile service and the good initiatives will be given prize. Such initiatives, the minister said could bring positive changes in the works of government bodies. In this regard, he said that Afghanistan had made tremendous achievements in the field of information technology over the past 10 years with the hard work of talented youths of the country.
Minister Sangin added that Afghanistan through optic fiber had been connected with the world.
The electronic national ID card or Tazkira has been completed and the program for electronic governance is going on. He also said that nine universities of the country have been connected via optic fiber and the teaching system of all the schools of the country will be connected in future. Minister Sangin also said that work for electronic medication and electronic registration of the properties of government is underway.

Tuesday June 3, 2014
Kabul (BNA) Plastic is a product used for many purposes. It could be hard or soft, transparent or dark and different colored shoes and flip flops etc. are produced from plastic.
Increase of domestic products and prevention of foreign goods is the only step that guarantees economic development and rescues our country from poverty and unemployment. One of the problems is lack acceptable quality distrust of consumers to domestic products. Shohrat Plastic Industries is one of local plastic production enterprises in the country which was decommissioned in 1390 said finance and administrative officer of the factory Azizurahman adding that we imported new machinery from Pakistan and China which have higher quality and better capacity and operating computerized.
He added, at present 110-150 workers are employed and they produce higher quality products than the foreign products imported from China and Pakistan. Our products have covered all national markets throughout Afghanistan. For a while even we had exported our products to Tajikistan but the government didn't support us so we had to stop exports despite potential demand from Tajikistan. Talking on raw materials, Azizurahman said, we imported from China, Korea and Taiwan. During summer we produced flip flops while shoes during winters. Our products include 18 different designs of women, men and children. Our products recovered sincere welcome of countrymen. The products are from P.B.C materials. Since production of shoes and flop flops is a heavy job and women don’t manage, so all our workers are men.
He went on to say, we plan to open the tailoring branch and employee 80-100 women because women are skilled in this field. So far we have attended eight exhibitions and displayed our products which were warmly welcomed. Azizurahman clarified, we suggested to higher authorities including President Hamid Karzai to impose taxes on foreign products. President issued decrees but the ministry of finance refused and argued that the World Bank doesn't accept this issue. Thus they refused to increase taxes on foreign products. Security situation also affects domestic markets. We requested the government to provide credits and decrease price of power energy.

Tuesday June 3, 2014
Kabul (BNA) This terminal will costs $15m and will be constructed in an area of over six hectare land outside Mazar-i-Sharif city by three local private companies.
According to the officials of Mazar-i-Sharif Transport and Aviation Department, at present over 90% work of this terminal has been completed and what the exploitation of this facility, it will be available to passenger vehicles of north, northeastern and central  provinces of the country and the traffic flow in eastern part of Mazar-i-Sharif will also be relaxed .
Head of Mazar-i-Sharif Transport and Aviation Department Mohammad Ismael Danishyar added that this facility has a capacity of over one thousand vehicles and after the completion and exploitation of this terminal, they plan to establish and build another terminal in southern part of Mazar-i-Sharif with the utilization of these two terminals the government income will increase in one hand and large facilities will be provided to passengers on the other.
At the same time, the Balkh inhabitants expressed pleasure on the opening of these terminal said that in the past Balkh locked such passenger terminals and people were facing many problems and new these problems will addressed. Lala Jan a resident of Balkh said, in the past we had witnessed transportation services in most provinces and the people were free to travel to all provinces with peaceful mind. We also remember that many foreign tourists also visited regularly Afghanistan and traveled to historical places of Afghanistan by these transportation facilities. But regrettably due to three decades of crisis the Afghan people lost many facilities.
At present these two projects are great achievements, with the establishment of these economic projects If God willing Afghanistan will be no longer a backward country. There are many private transportation companies in Kabul city, but they lack such a modern and equipped terminal. People believe that the Ministry of Transportation and Aviation of Afghanistan has failed in the last thirteen years to construct land transportation terminals.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Kabul (BNA) A delegation of private entrepreneurs composed of businessmen and industrialists called on the vice president Mohammad Younus Qanooni and briefed him about their problems.
According to BNA, the delegation expressed concerns that their businesses are facing with stagnation. counting the reasons, some of the businessmen in the meeting said that not signing of Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with America and lingering the election process are among the main reasons that have affected the business and economic activities in the country and hoped that holding presidential runoff to bring an end to their concerns. The businessmen also said that lack of economic policy in the country is another reason that has created problem for private entrepreneurs in the fields of trade and industry, expressing hope the next government to draft economic policy and implement it. Members of the delegation called upon the vice president to find solution for their problems. Speaking in the meeting, the vice president lauded the role of national traders alongside the government very important and assured that no obstacle can block the presidential runoff and it will be held with the participation of millions of people.