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Thursday December 27, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The first transit cargo arrived at the Baku International Sea Trade Port via the Lapis Lazuli international route, Trend reports Dec. 25.
Speaking at the ceremony dedicated to the arrival of the first cargo to Azerbaijan via this route, Ambassador of Afghanistan to Azerbaijan Khairullah Spelenai expressed gratitude to the government of Azerbaijan for comprehensive support and assistance in the implementation of the project.
He noted that the Lapis Lazuli corridor will be expanded and Afghanistan will make every effort to make this route the most important one from Afghanistan to Europe.
In turn, Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan Erkan Ozoral noted the importance of the route for Afghanistan and other countries. He said that this route will turn into an important corridor that will provide access of Afghan goods to world markets. The ambassador noted that Lapis Lazuli is of strategic importance for Turkey and Azerbaijan.
Nine trucks left Afghanistan’s Herat city on December 13 and arrived in Baku along this corridor Dec. 25. The total volume of cargo is 175 tons. The cargoes are transported via trains and vehicles through Afghanistan’s Torghundi city in Herat province and supplied to Turkmenistan’s Ashgabat city and from there to the Turkmenbashi International Sea Port, as part of the Lapis Lazuli international route.
The corridor stretches to Azerbaijan’s Baku city, then through Georgia’s Tbilisi city to Turkey’s Ankara city with branches to Georgian Poti and Batumi, then from Ankara to Istanbul.
The project budget, which aims at facilitating transit logistics and simplification of customs procedures, is estimated at $2 billion.
The large-scale project is aimed at increasing the economic integration of the region and increasing the trade volumes.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Dr. Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi, Acting Minister of Finance and Chief Advisor on Infrastructure to the President, has shared the achievements of Ministry of Finance over the past year through a press conference held in Government Media & Information Center (GMIC) here yesterday.
In the conference, Minister Qayoumi has provided information to the participants regarding collection of domestic revenue, expenditure of development budget of Ministry of Finance, reform, building new systems and anti-corruption efforts.
Additionally, he give them information about reform in revenue resources, IMF review of Afghanistan’s financial and economic reforms, obtaining the best rank in implementation of business doing indicators, launching economic JEC, JCMB,PPP meetings, Geneva Conference and other important issues.
“The revenue target in budget document was to collect 172 billion AFs which fortunately we managed to collect 189/78 billion AFs.  It shows 9% increase compared to the target set by IMF,” said acting Minister of Finance.  “The total revenue collected include 76.47 billion AFs from the customs department and 112.17 billion AFs from the tax and non-tax revenue sectors,” he added.
“Ministry of Finance managed to increase domestic revenue from 99 billion to 189 billion AFs over the past four years which represents an increase of 90%,” said Mr. Qayoumi.
According to Acting Minister, Ministry of Finance managed to increase its development budget expenditure from 46% to 95% considering the principle of transparency, sufficiency and effectiveness.
“Last year, the expenditure of development budget at the government level was 67% which fortunately has increased 91.5% this year.  It means that we implemented the most development projects since the beginning of National Unity Government.  The main reasons for increasing development budget expenditure of the departments are involving people in budget process, allocating budget based on capacity of budgetary units, brining reforms in preparation of budget and facilitating implementation of allotments,” stated acting Minister of Finance.
“Likewise, at the 16th review of the World Bank in 2017, 2018, Afghanistan ranked the top 10 performer of business indicators and its score has increased record 10.64 points and has gone up 16 rankings from 183 in 2018 report up to 167 in 2019 report”.
Acting Minister of Finance added that, in Geneva Conference, foreign ministers of 62 key countries and qualified representatives of 35-donor organizations cooperating with Afghanistan have participated.
In Geneva Conference, Afghanistan’s commitment and achievements were reviewed under mutual accountability framework and donors confirmed them.  They reassured their continued support to Afghanistan.
“Implementing new salary was the main focus of Ministry of Finance.  According to the new scale, lower-level employee’s salaries will increase, and the salaries of high-ranking officials will reduce.”  Acting minister said, adding the balance would appear in salary payments and the differences and patent salaries would be eliminated.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Pul-e-Khomri (BNA) In the course of the year, beekeepers of Baghlan province supplied 20,000kgs of honey in bazaar.
Abdul Rab Hamidi head of beekeepers Union of Baghlan province in an interview said BNA correspondent, in spite of the drought disadvantages of climate, beekeepers of Baghlan province were able to sell 20,000 kgs of honey in bazaar this year.
According to Hamidi, currently in Baghlan province, there are four associations and two beekeeping cooperatives  in central districts of  Baghlan , Khost and Khenjan and are considered as the most important honey production center in Baghlan province.
Head of beekeepers union in Baghlan province said, in addition of four associations and two beekeeping cooperatives, the other 80 families, 160 beehives boxes were donated by Agha Khan Development Fund.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh inaugurated the Fifth National Urban Conference exhibition, at the Kabul Poly Technic University, a statement from his office said Monday.
The exhibition with the motto of City, a Bed for Development and Evolution is part of the fifth national urban conference, showing various local products, including handicrafts, mine products, agriculture products, lands and city masterplans from the country’s 34 provinces in 62 booths, according to the statement.
The conference, this year, was held under three pivots such as exhibition, scientific pivots and proprietary, said the statement.  Vice president Sarwar Danesh addressing the participants, said the results and investigations of the fifth national urbanization conference would be laid at the disposal of researchers, universities and scientific centers in written, in order to help researches investigations.
“The more the structure of urbanization and supplying urban service are important, the more the culture of urbanization is the key factor of the city and urban life,” said the vice president.
Holding of the fifth national urbanization conference, was aimed at providing the ground for better familiarity, as the most important economic and urbanization evolution cycle, creation of proper opportunities for exchange of view, securing relations among scientific and executive and offering modern research achievements relating to the urban precincts.

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