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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the National Procurement Commission (NPC) held meeting at the presidential palace on Monday, BNA reported.
The meeting approved 5 contracts worth 2.1 billion Afghanis which include:
-Road construction of Shorabak-Spin Boldak in Kandahar province, related to the ministry of public works.
-Road construction of Shabashak, Dar-e-Souf in Samangan province, related to the ministry of public works.
-Planes insurance services contract, related to Ariana Afghan Airway Company and two others which were related to the ministries of public works and urban development.
Besides, the NPC approved time extensions of a road project of Chah-e-Anjir to Gereshk in Helmand province and supervision project of Sparay-e-Surkhroad road in Jalalabad.
Afterward, President Ghani tasked the ministry of public works to review the ongoing projects’ supervision and advisory services and control the quality, the agency added.
The meeting was attended by Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, head and members of NPC, national and international observers and some other domestic and foreign officials.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Urban Development (MRRD) has reported of completion of graving work of 28 km road in Hesa-e-Awal and Behsoud-e-Markazi districts of Maidan Wardak.
According to an official to MRRD Habib Behzad, the road has been constructed through national road construction program by MRRD.
He added a protective wall has been also constructed beside the road in order to prevent from threats of floods.

Saturday December 9, 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                                                 69/10 Afs                          
One Pound Sterling                                 91/70 Afs                          
One Euro                                             81/20 Afs                          
One Emirate’s Dirham                              18/75 Afs                          
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees                 636 Afs                          
One Thousand Indian Rupees        1055 Afs                          
One Thousand Iranian Rupees               16/50 Afs                          

Friday December 8, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan and Uzbekistan have signed an agreement to extend a railway between the two countries which could give Uzbekistan a strategic access to the Persian Gulf through Iran.
The agreement over the project – which would be within the framework of the Trans-Afghan Transport Corridor that has been in the pipeline for over 12 years – was signed in Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent on Thursday by Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and his Afghan counterpart Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.
The plan is to construct a new railway with a total length of above 1,000 kilometers from Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan’s northern province of Balkh and to the western city of Herat which is close to the border with Iran.
“The line would extend from Neyababad in Mazar-e-Sharif to Herat on one side and to Kunduz on the other,” Afghan media quoted Abdul Bari Seddiqi, the deputy head of Afghanistan’s railway administration as saying.
“Uzbekistan can be connected to the Afghan railway lines via this link,” Seddiqi added.
Uzbekistan signed an agreement with Iran and Afghanistan in 2005 to build an interstate north-south transport corridor which could connect the landlocked former Soviet republic to international waters.
The rail link from Mazar-e-Sharif to Herat is expected to provide a new regional trade route that could eventually connect five countries: China, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Iran.
In 2011, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan put into service a 75-kilometer rail link connecting Afghanistan’s border city of Hairatan to Mazar-e-Sharif. Uzbekistan Railways has constructed the line through an investment of $170 million.
Since then, Uzbekistan had expressed its interest to extend the rail link to Herat and a connection to Iran.
Currently, a rail link from Herat to Iran is being constructed, allowing traffic from Uzbekistan to the Iran’s Persian Gulf ports.

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