18 November 2018

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Thursday October 25, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The first meeting of the coordination council to implement Chabahar Agreement was held with the participation of representatives from Iran, India and Afghanistan, said the managing director of Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO).
Mohammad Rastad added that the three countries will develop the strategic port of Chabahar and present proposals to increase transportation in the region, reported Fars News Agency.
"I reiterate the Islamic Republic of Iran's commitment to the full and effective implementation of contents of the trilateral Chabahar agreement," Rastad said.
Chabahar port, located in southeastern Iran and north of Oman Sea, allows India to access Afghanistan by sea.
Last year, India sent two cargos of wheat to Afghanistan through Chabahar to expand international shipments before completing the port construction.
Chabahar port will also provide India access to four cities in Afghanistan.
The first phase of the port was inaugurated on December 2017, in a ceremony attended by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and representatives from India and other regional countries.
Chabahar port will be a turning point in Iran-India ties as it will cut transport costs and time for India to a third.

Tuesday October 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The National Procurements Commission (NPC) meeting has approved up to 14 contracts at the cost of more than 2.8 billion Afghani, with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on the chair at the Presidential Palace.
According to BNA report, construction of roads in Kandahar province, publishing of the books in Pashto and Dari languages belonging to the ministry of education, ICU project related to the ministry of public health and some other projects among the contracts signed in the meeting. The meeting also approved contract on stationary supply and medical needs for the ministry of defense. The captivity project of 120 sites of Salam communication network through ABS7 with the capacity of 40 megahertz related to the ministry of telecommunication and information technology has also been approved in the meeting. The meeting discussed issue presented by the ministry of agriculture, irrigation and livestock on the provision of subsidy for the plantation of wheat, but returned the offer. The NPC meeting also spoke about some projects related to the ministry of telecommunication and information technology, admin for national norm and standard and the railway office, which have long been in uncertainty and made needed directions.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Based on Union of money exchangers in Sari Shahzada, Kabul city, the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
One Dollar                                                              75/96        Afs
One Pound Sterling                                            98/81       Afs
One Euro                                                            87Afs
One Emirate’s Dirham                                       20/65       Afs
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees                           584       Afs
One Thousand Indian Rupees                              1040       Afs
One Thousand Iranian Rupees                            6       Afs

Thursday October 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The commission has asked all companies to become part of the system over the next three months. National Procurement Commission officials have stated that if a company failed to register itself in the system in the coming three months, such companies could not take part in government bidding process. Private companies could enter the system with support of the National Procurement Commission as there would be digital categorization for private companies.
Out of the total 368 contracts, 275 contracts had serious problems in their implementation due to which some government programs could not implemented. The National Procurement Commission cited corruption, lack of transparency, delay in transfer of information, insecurity, lack of professional human resources as main challenges in implementation of the halted projects.

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