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Sunday July 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, a session was held at the Presidential Palace on Ministry of Mines and Petroleum’s Coal Enterprise, the president press office said in a statement.
In the meeting, Nargis Nehan, the acting minister of mines and petroleum, Ajmal Ahmadi, the presidential advisor on financial and banking affairs and Dawoud Nourzai, general director of administrative affairs presented their suggestions on Coal Enterprise, according to the statement. After hearing the suggestions and report, the president said a fundamental proposal was needed to manage the Coal Enterprise, the statement added.
The president added as Afghanistan’s coal is the best among the world countries, we need a comprehensive information on number of coalmines and establishing a transparent management system, the statement continued. Stressing on transparent leadership in Coal Enterprise, the president said there was a good information capacity on the country’s coal in the Polytechnic University that should be used.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the National Procurement Commission (NPC) held meeting the other day, the President Press Office said in a statement.
According to the statement, the meeting approved nine contracts worth over 1.9 billion Afghanis.
The NPC also approved the proposal of the special delegation on Kamal Khan Dam’s third phase contract.
The meeting also discussed the project on construction of Qara Baghj-Jaghori road and decided that at the first stage, the ministry of public works to negotiate with two volunteer companies with the lowest prices, the statement added.
The main contracts approved include extension of the consultancy project for the design, preparation of documents, and feasibility study project of Doshi-Pul Khumri substation, expansion of Bamyan substation and installation of the new substation, transmission line of 220 kilo volts from Doshi to Bamyan, electricity distribution of 20 KW in Bamyan city, connective lines among the neighboring countries, and technical studies for the prepaid electricity meters, the statement continued.
Other projects approved during the meeting includes procurement of IT equipment for the ministry of urban development and housing, extension of leasing contract of four cranes for the ministry of finance, extension of the contract for the import of wheat from Uzbekistan.
The national procurement commission also approved contracts for the towers and walls of 203 and 205th corps of the Afghan national army, procurement of diesel for the Da Breshna Sherkat in Paktia, Khost, and Kandahar.
The contract for the maintenance of the generators of the compounds belonging to the ministry of defense was also approved by the commission.
Second Vice President, Sarwar Danesh, Minister of finance and justice, acting minister of economy and some other officials were present in the meeting.

Tuesday July 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The High Economic Council with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on the chair discussed open access policy, draft on licensing of the fiber optic companies and construction of water supplies of 12 and 22nd districts of Kabul city here the other day, a presidential statement said. Presidential advisor on banking and financial affairs, Ajmal Ahmadi briefed the session on open access policy and the fiber optic, adding the fiber optic draft included the current situation of the fiber optic in the country, affective factors, licensing related factors, cost of the license, stakeholders’ opinion and demands, bidding mechanism, regional studies of the fiber optic and the standards of the fees. On the basis of the report of Afghanistan’s Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (ATRA), there are 4000 km active line of fiber optic in the 24 province of the country and has been connected to Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
According to ATRA, Afghanistan would be soon connected to China through 480 km line from Faizabad city, the capital of Badakhshan province, the statement added. Pointing to importance of investment in the sector, Ajmal Ahmadi said the fees for issuing of the license should be considered, so as to further persuade investment in this sector. Meanwhile first deputy to Chief Executive Eng. Mohammad Khan called security of the calls very important to be noted during the implementation of the project. Director of the Civil Service and Reform Commission, Nader Naderi said the fees for the deprived provinces should be as low as the people could afford to use the fiber optic. Meanwhile Minister of Finance said the low fees of the fiber optic would further ease employment and to bring economic benefits.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said Afghanistan has the capacity of implementation of fiber optic project, instructing the ministry of telecommunication to sign a cooperation agreement with Polytechnic University for detailed studying of the project. Likewise the president instructed the Ministry of Public Works to consider fiber optic related design, map and implementation plan in every infrastructural projects across the country. According to the presidential statement, the session also discussed water supply project of the 12 and 22nd districts of Kabul city. According to draft of the project, the water supply project would benefit 535 thousands of people and would prevent usage of the polluted water. The project would also bring about 2000 employment opportunities. The Second Vice-President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh said most of Kabul related areas lacking potable water, asking for better coordination among water supply organizations. MP Obaidullah Ramin, first deputy to chief executive Eng. Mohammad Khan, Minister of Justice and head of the craftsmen union of Afghanistan also presented their opinion related to the project. Welcoming the project, President Ghani said the draft needed to be discussed in water and land high council. He also emphasized on collection of the technical survey. The president went on saying the ground should be prepared for the open competition of the private and public sector on the aspect.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A gas transmission pipeline project started from Turkmenistan and passes through Afghanistan and Pakistan and then reaches India is expected to pave the ground for economic and stability opportunities for the regional countries.
The project has practically been started while Afghanistan is bulking with great economic and security challenges, but the government calls the project a step towards improvement of the country and other related member states’ economic situation.
The economic experts believe that the TAPI project’s execution is a step towards Afghanistan’s economic self-sufficiency.
A Kabul University lecturer and an economic expert, Saifuddin Saihoun told that TAPI project’s inauguration has been Afghanistan’s economic dream, but he stressed that such economic projects would help stabilize the region.
“Afghanistan can play role of a trade and transit bridge among the Central Asia and Southern Asian countries, but still the project is facing with security threats that must be further paid attention,” he added.
The government should make effort so Afghanistan finds its economic position in the region, he said.
He added we want prove to other countries that this country is the shortest and fairest trade and transit route in the region.
Pointing at security challenges faced by the TAPI project, a political expert, Jawid Kohistani said, “However, implementation of such a gas project would cause to create huge amounts of incomes to the regional countries, but presence of extremist groups and war on terror can be big obstacles before reach this goal.”
A Herat people representative in the lower house of the parliament, Ghulam Farouq Majroh said, “TAPI project is very important to Afghanistan.
The project connects Central Asia with Southern Asia. I hope the project to be successfully accomplished.”
The project will pass through Herat, Farah and Kandahar—three turbulent provinces where the terrorist groups are functional in some parts, he said, adding if the countries honestly cooperate with Afghanistan, the project with undoubtedly succeeds, otherwise, it is really hard to implement it.
He stressed if the economic and trade relations among the countries are expanded, they would likely maintain good relations with each other for economic interests.
A private university student, Shahida said, “TAPI project should not face any problem in the future and the related countries should consider all sides.
Thus, special attention must be paid in its implementation.”
The Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India Pipeline (TAPI), also known as Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline, is a natural gas pipeline being developed by the Asian Development Bank.
The pipeline will transport Caspian Sea natural gas from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan into Pakistan and then to India. Construction on the project started in Turkmenistan on December 13th, 2015.
The pipeline is expected to be operational by 2019.
The abbreviation TAPI comes from the first letters of those countries. Proponents of the project see it as a modern continuation of the Silk Road.
Suraya Raiszada

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