22 September 2018

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Several irrigation canals put in to utilization in Engil and Guzara districts of Herat province yesterday.
At least five irrigation canals with the cost of about thirty million dollars have been built and in Herat and put to utilization by Naseer Ahamad Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation and Mohammad Asif Rahimi the governor of the province.
TKhoshbashan water dam which has been built by Coordination with Climate Project and a canal constructed by Organizing Water Project will provide the ground for irrigation of tens of hectares of land and prevent wasting of water.
Herat governor asked the people to help in safeguarding of the projects and ensuring security which requires for constructing such public utility projects.
The minister of agriculture and irrigation assured that for development of agriculture sector, more programs and plans would be designed.
Simultaneous to the inauguration of the canals, for the first time the export of grape of Herat to foreign countries started.
Governor of Herat in his meeting with minister of agriculture and irrigation asked the minister to assist the families harmed by drought.
It has been said that more than twelve thousand families in Herat have sustained heavy losses, because of the drought.     
 
 

Tuesday July 31, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, National Procurement Commission’s session was held yesterday at presidential palace.
According to BNA report, in the session, nine procurement cases were reviewed and as a result four contracts worth more than 1 billion Afghanis were approved. He four contracts that were approved are ‘contract project belonging to independent civil aviation authority for maintenance of satellites (VSAT) for space control, contract project belonging to ministry of telecommunication and information technology for connection of optic fiber from areas in Aqina to Torghundi with capacity of 16 STM by state to state contract, contract project for registration private and government domains under suffix (af) for three years and contract project for procurement of 50% first-line medicines for treatment of TB and diagnosis packages for TB National Program.
Meanwhile, suggestion for approving the start of processing construction project of Ghazni provincial hospital was approved by the commission. Besides, suggestion for granting the contract project of extension electricity from Gul Bahar-Panjshir and Panjshir substation as well as suggestion for modifying a contract (extension of time without price increase) construction project of Pozalich hydropower electricity in Ghor were reviewed and approved. Discussing the project, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani asserted that the project was aimed to bring light to homes of the people of Ghor, instructed ministry of water and energy to completely review the project and deliver alternative ways in order to increase electricity to the people of this province. In the session, national procurement authority deliver structures of assessment of contractors’ previous executions to members of the commission, which was praised by the country’s President. President Ghani tasked ministries of finance and economy to review the structures and deliver their visions to national procurement authority, because this help clarify expenditure of budget and payment could be followed on time.
 

Tuesday July 31, 2018

Kabul (BNA) World Bank and Afghanistan signed on Monday a new package of grant agreements in support of reforms valued at $350 million.
The reforms are designed to improve efficiency and effectiveness in government operations for better revenue mobilization and service delivery. The new financing package supports reforms in the business environment, the energy sector, and land administration to promote economic growth and employment and reduce poverty for all Afghans.
Today’s signing package includes:$300 million for the Incentive Program Development Policy Grant (IP-DPG), including $90 million from the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank Group’s fund for the poorest countries, and $210 million from the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), administered by the World Bank on behalf of 34 donors. The IP-DPG aims to help the Government of Afghanistan continue maintaining a stable macroeconomic environment and pursue an ambitious program of policy reforms to support economic growth, private sector investment, poverty reduction, and improved public financial management.
$50 million for the Public-Private Partnerships and Public Investment Advisory Project, which aims to develop a pipeline of feasible private and publicly funded projects to further develop Afghanistan’s infrastructure.
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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, chairing a meeting of the Economic Committee of the Council of Ministers (CMs) said fighting corruption and unemployment was one of the government priorities, his office said Monday.
After hearing information about the problems of the Afghan repatriates by the meeting participants, the chief executive, in the meeting which was held at The Spidar Palace, while emphasizing on meeting the problems of the returnees in different fields, instructed the related ministries to set a joint committee to apply the plan as soon as possible and the needed measure to be made in this field, a statement from his office said.
The country’s chief executive also called the role of the talented women can play effective role in the development of the society and the ministries of finance and foreign affairs have been tasked to do more for the empowerment of other women, the statement added.
Dr. Abdullah blamed poverty and unemployment to be the main causes of majorities of disasters in the society and fighting against he said was the government first priorities.
The CE instructed the related organs to cooperate with the ministry of rehabilitation and rural development in practicing the Citizenship Covenant plans to help the life of people improve in rural areas.
 

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