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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Presided over by President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the National Procurement Commission (NPC) approved three contracts worth 1.5 billion Afghanis, the President Press Office said in a statement the other day.
According to the statement, the approved contracts were including construction of 10.8 kilometer road in Zaranj, the capital of Nimroz province, a 50-bed hospital in the Siah Gird district of Parwan province and food supplies for the ministry of defense.
The meeting also endorsed a bid from the Ministry of Defense for termination of medical supplies. The commission rejected contracts for gravelling of roads in Kandahar, tasking the Defense Ministry’s engineering corps to implement the projects, the statement added.
President Ghani said procurement body’s processes and strategies have been studied one by one. He instructed all state institutions to focus on such recommendations and principles for improved work procedures, the statement quoted the president as saying.
The meeting was attended by Second Vice President, Sarwar Danish, ministers of finance, economy and justice, SIGAR observers, members of parliament’s budget and national economy commissions and SISTIKA in-charges, the statement concluded.
 

Sunday, February 12, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Based on Khan Mohammad Baz’ head of currency exchangers in Kabul, Shahzada market report the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
                                            Buying                                       
One Dollar                           66/98afgs                                  
One Pound Sterling              83/30 afgs                              
One Euro                               71/60 afgs                                   
One Emirate’s Dirham          18/20 afgs                              
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees 621afgs       
One Thousand Indian Rupees     1050 afgs               
One Thousand Iranian Rupees   17/37 afgs                         

Sunday February 12, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan ministry of telecommunication and information and technology (MCIT) announced the other day that it would cut a 20 percent cut in the internet prices, amid the growing complaints from the citizens of both high price and low quality telecommunication networks.
Sayed Ahmad Shah Sadat, Deputy MCIT Minister, told a press conference that the government-run Afghan-Telecom and Salam communication would offer hence after an internet service of up to 20 per cent decrease for the citizens hoping the private companies resort same practice to help citizen the best lowest prices in the internet services across the country.  The discount in prices in Afghanistan would be effective from Wednesday (last week) and the MCIT would monitor the prices of ISPs, he said, adding the discount would be retaken from private companies if they did not reduce the internet prices, according to the deputy minister. According to a report, the ministry has been trying to pave the ground for fourth generation (4G) mobile telecommunication technology, Sadat said adding currently four million people in Afghanistan use internet and efforts were underway to increase the number of users to 15 million in the next four years.
According to him, efforts were ongoing to prevent distribution of illegal SIM cards and a mechanism in this regard was under process.
When asked about collection of taxes from mobile users, he said 5.6 billion afghanis had been collected since September 22, 2016. Work on a new tax collection system is also underway for more transparency in the revenue. Previously Kazakhstan offered per MB of internet to ISPs for $336, Pakistan for $120 and Iran $180, but Kazakhstan recently reduced the rate to $268, Pakistan to $96 and Iran $144 to ISPs, he said. Shahnaz and Ahmad Farid two Kabul citizens strongly complained about the poor services of both communication and internet services.  They said poor network services have exhausted them with when they want to activate an application, they related network fail to complete them, but their moneys are spent. Fraidoon another complainer said the money collected as tax revenues should be used transparently in rising the quality of the networks services. But, Afghanistan Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ATRA) said the plan was expected to be practiced to encourage the private network companies reduced their rate of services for the costumers including internet to help the country’s telecommunication system take a high position at the regional level.
“Whenever, we brought reduction in the Afghan telecom prices by 20 percent the private companies also brought reduction however by only five 5 percent. We want to bring high reduction in the prices as it would lay positive impact on the telecommunication networks directly, said Najib Azizi who added the optical fiber has now covered all 23 three provinces of the country, hoping the prices could reduce eye-catchingly by the end of this year. He said they had come along with the World Bank to invest more than 100 million USD to help Afghanistan change into the fiber optic center in the region and connect with the Central Asian nations and in the same time with the south Asian countries. The Afghanistan Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (ATRA) said it would never allow anyone to misuse the costumers’ payments and that is committed to rise the quality of the internet. He said in case any companies rise in the prices and offer lowest network services would be fined from two million to 100 million afghanis.
Shukria Kohistani
 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Based on Khan Mohammad Baz’ head of currency exchangers in Kabul, Shahzada market report the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
                                                                                   
One Dollar                                            66/90 afgs                           
One Pound Sterling                              83/30 afgs                         
One Euro                                              71/10 afgs                        
One Emirate’s Dirham                         18/20 afgs                          
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees          620 afgs                        
One Thousand Indian Rupees               1045 afgs             
One Thousand Iranian Rupees             17/38 afgs                       
 

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