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Saturday, February 01, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, during the inaugural ceremony of the chamber of agricultural and livestock products, said creation of the chamber was not only important for the development of Afghanistan but also helps its stability, said a statement from the Presidential Palace the other day.
He said the future of Afghanistan depended on agriculture and that the government work to shorten the distances among urbans and the cities, the statement quoted.
The president pledged to help the agricultural and livestock union products reach both domestic and international markets, the statement added.
“The country’s exports reached to threefold costing more than $1billion in the past five years and our plan is to help the country’s exports increase to up to $5million each year,” said the country’s president as quoted by the statement. The country’s president asked the traders to pay attention to the quality of the products and said both the country’s embassy and consulates were duty-bond to represent the country’s products, as he praised the work of the trade attachés.
President Ghani said in order to have good and quality agricultural and livestock products, there was a need for water management and vowed that in the next five years, the country’s waters would be controlled by 80 percent.
The country’s president, following the national debate, held a meeting with some of the Kabul residents and pointing to country’s waters management said the issue of water was one of the five main challenges in the country and that potable water was not immune.
“The government is committed to tackle water problems.” The government is committed to prevent usurpation of the country’s postures and that domestic products would be prioritized as well as women agricultural and livestock unions would be given 5 percent preference.

Thursday January 30, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with head and members of money-changers’ union of Afghanistan here at the presidential palace yesterday, BNA reported.
While declaring their support for the government’s programs in the areas of economic growth, peace process, prevention of usurpation and fight against corruption, the money changers said that they were not only money changers, but also labor and industrialists. “Many factories have been created by money changers and we have always strived to promote Afghan currency. They also briefed the President on sixteen of their key problems, including insecurity and kidnapping, amendments of a number of rules, bills and regulations of De Afghanistan Bank, addressing cases of money changers, business passport distribution, redistribution of licenses, distribution of weapons licenses, presence of illegal armed men that threatens the life of money changes, the unprofessional behave of the police and the judiciary in some cases, problems in money transfers and the presence of money changers in the De Afghanistan Bank leading council and the High Economic Council. After hearing the demands and problems of the money changers, President Ghani said that their problems were serious and needed urgent action. He said the Afghan constitution does not allow abuse and bullying. The President also instructed the related organs to address cases of money changers. The President said a special anti-kidnapping task force needed to be set up by the National Directorate of Security and the Interior Ministry in cooperation with the Attorney General’s Office to address the serious problem of investors, especially money changers, as soon as possible. Concluding his remarks, the President said would hold a meeting with the Ministry of Finance and the Interior, Da Afghanistan Bank and the Attorney General’s Office to address issues before the money changers, adding the result of the meeting would be shared with the money changers.

Tuesday January 28, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah chaired the council of ministers economic committee meeting here at the Sapidar Palace yesterday, BNA reported. The meeting discussed effectiveness of air corridors and Lapis Lazuli route, market situation, contract of precious stones and Red Crescent preparation for winter assistance. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry briefed the session on transportation of 15 containers and 317 tons of goods via Lapis Lazuli route to Europe and 33 percent increase in exports of Afghan commodities via air corridors. The ministry said that Afghanistan was not member of Vienna Road Traffic Convention of 1968 and lack of agreements with Georgia and Azerbaijan that have created obstacles and led to increasing prices of transportation via the road.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs said that there was 7.2 percent inactive labor force and 8.5 percent active force, adding that youth was making 45 percent of two million unemployed in the country. The Ministry said that an agreement was reached with UAE to send 19 thousand of Afghan labor force, but was not implemented as there was no center for approving workers’ skills and training in the country. The Ministry of Economy also briefed the session on problems before contracts of precious stones in the country, calling illegal extortions, trafficking, prolong administrative procedures and increment of stones prices comparing to that of the neighbors as the main reason behind industry downturn.
The meeting continued with report from the Red Crescent Society, saying that 378 thousand of families received aid during the 1398 solar year, adding another 3621212 people were eased with medical treatments. The Society also said that 1954 kids with atrial septal defects were also treated inside and outside of the country. The meeting continued with instructing the line ministries to explore opportunities and address the challenges before transportation of Afghan commodities via Lapis Lazuli route. The Chief Executive also instructed the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Labor and Social Affairs, Refugee and Repatriates and Central Statistics Department to prepare a draft plan for establishment of a center for approving of the workers’ skills in the country. Dr. Abdullah also said that government would continue supporting the Red Crescent Society’s works.

Thursday, January 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has thanked the house of people for approving the national budget of 1399, a statement from the Presidential Palace said Wednesday.
The national budget draft which was sent to the house of people for approval, has been approved with an overwhelming majority of the house members’ votes, said the statement.
The country’s president who is in an official trip to Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, thanked the house of people decision to approve the 1399 national budget draft and called very important in implementation of the government basic plans and programs.

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