23 September 2019

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Saturday August 3, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The 196th meeting of the National Procurement Commission (NPC) presided by H.E Mohammad Ashraf Ghani; the President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; was held on Wednesday evening; July 31st, 2019 at the Presidential Palace. At this meeting; 16 procurement contracts were reviewed which resulted in approval of 14 contracts worth 39.4 Million USD; which include the following: - Two contracts for procurement of chemical fertilizer and procurement of cucumber seed and tomato for districts of Farah province; related to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL); - Two contracts for the support of destitute families in four districts of Parwan province and three districts of Nangarhar province; related to Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan(MISFA); - The fiber optic contract for connection of 7 hospitals in Kabul, and 10 provincial public health directorates and regional hospitals; related to the Ministry of Public Health; - The contract for procurement of food items; required by cadre hospital at center and hostels of Nangarhar University and contract for 36 type of food for Kabul medical cadre hospital; related to Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE); - The contract for procurement of two types of meat required by central and regional military units and components including provincial military headquarters on framework agreement basis; related to Ministry of Interior (MoI); During the discussion on the contract of Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan; H.E Mohammad Ashraf Ghani; the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; directed MISFA to simplify their procedures to provide emergency assistance to destitute families and emphasized on comprehensive review of the respected entity. The Ministry of Transport (MoT) presented a request for guidance on evaluation of the contract for construction of Kunar-Nooristan road (Lot II) with 10.7 KM long to NPC; which decided to re-start the bidding process of the mentioned project with the contractors who have had satisfactory performance in Nangarhar and Kunar provinces through restricted bidding process. In addition; the mentioned Ministry requested a tender modification (cost extension) of the Salang Highway Restoration Project; in three lots; which is approved by the NPC. The Common Used Item Directorate of NPA request for initiation of procurement process of clothing raw materials, cable car, 5 set of Genxpert Machine with 8200 cartridges along with 1847 laboratory supplies of tuberculosis detection package; which approved by NPC. The Ministry of Defense request for starting date of delivery of chicken was also approved by NPC. Meanwhile; the Afghanistan Railway Authority requested guidance on the procurement process of the machinery and equipment needed for the operation and maintenance of Hairatan Railway, Mazar-e Sharif; which was approved by NPC. On the other hand; the Capital Region Independent Development Authority requested guidance on contracting with the Afghan Construction Enterprises; which was approved by the NPC. The Ministry of Energy and Water requested guidance to the NPC on the evaluation report of the diversion water tunnel project of Bakhsh Abad in Farah province; which was approved by the NPC. However; the procurement contract for 15 type of food for central and provinces hostels; related to Ministry of Education was returned by the NPC. It was decided to pay cash for students and for better management of this; there should be canteen and café shop in the hostels. At the same time; the Ministry of Finance and NPA was tasked to develop a new mechanism for better management of this initiative and report it back to the NPC. The Ministry of Information and Culture submitted a request for guidance on the restoration and rehabilitation of Kabul Nandara. The NPC approved the termination of the contract and approved the request for new contract with Governmental Construction Enterprises. In addition; DIPL. Engineer Alham Omar Hotaki; CEO of National Procurement Authority; presented the progress report about the security and facilitation project for Presidential Candidates which includes the rent of armored vehicles and Hilux’s, Conexus, medical drugs and other essentials to the Presidential Candidate; which was praised by H.E the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. In this meeting; beside the NPC members, the officials of National Procurement Authority, the national observers including the National Economy Commissions of Wolasi Jirga, and Mashrano Jirga had also participated.

Friday August 02, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan’s Customs Chief Ahmad Rashad Popal said on Wednesday that Afghanistan was keen on the development of Iran’s Chabahar port.
In a meeting with the governor general of Khorasan Razavi Province, Popal said that in his recent visit to Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan, he was stunned by the development of the infrastructures in Chabahar, IRNA reported.
He said he hoped the infrastructure would benefit Afghanistan traders.
Given the significant number of Afghan investors in Iran, he called for more measures to ease the procedure of issuing visas and residence permits for them in Chabahar and other free economic zones in Iran.
The Afghan official also said that he had signed a protocol on cooperation of customs offices.
He also suggested that Iran and Afghanistan can cooperate on the reduction of tariffs on the transit of goods, adding that he had discussed the issue with officials at the Afghan Ministry of Transport.
The Governor General of Razavi Khorasan Province, Alireza Razm-Hosseini, said that some 3.5 million Afghans are in Iran and the province is facing some 1,500 illegal Afghan immigrants.
Illicit drug trafficking from Afghanistan to Iran is another challenge that has claimed the lives of thousands of Iranian policemen and border guards, he said, calling on the Afghan government to take appropriate measures.
“Lack of control over the Afghan border has caused insecurity due to the phenomenon of illicit drug trafficking in border areas,” he said.
Iran shares a 950-kilometer border with Afghanistan.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Based on Union of money exchangers in Sari Shahzada, Kabul city, the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
One Dollar                                                         79/10   Afs
One Pound Sterling                                            96       Afs
One Euro                                                            88       Afs
One Emirate’s Dirham                                       21/50   Afs
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees                       497    Afs
One Thousand Indian Rupees                           1160   Afs
One Thousand Iranian Rupees                          06/65 Afs

Monday July 29, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Based on Union of money exchangers in Sari Shahzada, Kabul city, the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
One Dollar                                                          78/80       Afs
One Pound Sterling                                                 97       Afs
One Euro                                                            89/20       Afs
One Emirate’s Dirham                                       21/10       Afs
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees                           498      Afs
One Thousand Indian Rupees                              1160      Afs
One Thousand Iranian Rupees                            06/65      Afs
One Russian Ruble                                              01/15     Afs

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