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Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Kabul (BNA) A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed Tuesday between Afghanistan and Germany to secure building of a printing facility by which ID cards and other official documents could be printed. 
According to BNA, the MoU was signed between Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance and the Deutsche Gesellschaft Für International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office to co-fund the construction and operation of an Afghan State Printing House (ASPH) for national ID cards and other official documents.
The memorandum outlines a plan to produce identity cards and other documents according to international security standards. The printing facility will be built at a state-owned site in Jangalak and is expected to start manufacturing in late 2016, the ministry of finance said in the statement.
The technology and equipment will be provided by Germany’s federal printing corporation, the Bundesdruckerei, which prints identity cards and passports. To ensure that construction management meets standards of security and quality, the German Government will also provide a team of international and national technicians.
As Abdul Razaq Vahidi, Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Finance said “It is vital that Afghanistan produces identity and security documents that meet international security standards.
We look forward to working with our German friends to establish a suitable, secure, state-owned printing facility that will improve the reliability of security-related documents.” He added that the facility would increase the efficiency of public administration and increase state revenue and economic development.
Wolf Plesman, head of portfolio at GIZ working in partnership with the Ministry of Finance, added, “This new project is a significant step towards strengthening Afghan public administration with the help of German know-how.
We are also happy that both the Afghan and German governments will be making a substantial contribution.” The memorandum for co-financing and cooperation involves that the existing state-owned printing house SUKUK will be expanded with a new building including a new production facility. The current staff will move to the new site, together with 250 to 300 new employees.  With greater security against forgery and duplication of documents such as ID cards and certificates, the printing facility promises a range of improvements, both for the state and its citizens.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Kunduz (BNA) An irrigation canal put into exploitation in Aliabad district, Kunduz province yesterday.
Spokesman of Kunduz governor said BNA; the canal has been constructed with the financial assistance of USA at the cost of 400,000 dollars.
The source said, with construction of the canal, 1600 hectare of land will be come under irrigation and 5,000 farmers of Khanabad district will take benefit of it.
The canal was inaugurated by Kunduz governor Ghulam Sakhi Baghlani and number of state authorities.  T. Suraya-Yarzada

Monday, March 03, 2014
Kabul (BNA)  A session ‘titled access of women to trade opportunities’ was held yesterday by USAID on the threshold of commemoration of World Women Day here in Kabul.
In the session, Minister of Women Affairs Dr. Husn Bano Ghazanfar considered growth of women as valuable in various sectors in the past ten years and said, “Any kinds of carelessness related to talents of women would be considered as return to dark era, adding women day is not only the day for commemoration of women but also renew in activities of women in the country.”
She said that they were in favor of further talent of women in the country.
In the session, a number of women representing others spoke related to World Women Day.

Saturday, March 01, 2014
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan national economical gathering was held yesterday in Kabul.
BNA correspondent reported, the gathering held by Afghanistan Chambers of Commerce and Industries and participation of a number of traders, investors and economists of the country and existing challenges in private sector and solutions were analyzed and reviewed.
In the gathering, head of ACCI spoke and said, “Results of the gathering will be delivered as suggestion asked by private sector related to economic policies in an economic program to presidential candidates, adding the document and suggestion will be shared with government organs and international partners for private sector.”
Following, the participants in eight work groups discussed on challenges existed in private sector and solutions.
Meanwhile, Deputy of ACCI said views of the private sector have been collected and would be published in a brochure and will be given to presidential candidates in an economic program to be held in a week.