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Saturday June 13, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Emirates will carry passengers on flights to Afghanistan starting from June 25.
The Kabul flight takes to 30 the total number of destinations currently offered to travelers.
In addition to Kabul, the airline flies to Bahrain, London Heathrow, Manchester, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Zurich, Vienna, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, New York JFK, Chicago, Toronto, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Taipei, Hong Kong, Perth and Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Manila.
In addition, Emirates now operates flights from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad for travelers from Pakistan with onwards connections to other Emirates destinations.

Friday June 12, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Agricultural, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) has signed 1,229 agricultural projects with farmers of 11 province yesterday.
The projects include the construction of 343 onion storages, 129 raisins houses, 694 potato storages that signed between Hashmatullah Ghafouri deputy minister of agricultural, irrigation and livestock and farmers with a cost of over 337.9 million Afghanis.
The projects will be implemented in Kabul, Ghazni, Logar, Paktia, Bamiyan, Maidan/Wardak, Paktika, Nangarhar, Laghman, Khost and Kunar provinces, Ghafouri added.
By implementation of the projects, temporary work opportunities will provided to dozens thousands people and permanently thousands people will find jobs.

Thursday, June 11, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) on Tuesday urged the Pakistani government to take steps to enhance bilateral trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The demand was made during a meeting of the SCCI presided over by its President Engineer Maqsood Anwar Pervaiz and attended by Fawad Arash, Afghan Commercial Attaché in Peshawar at the Chamber House.
Shahid Hussain and Abdul Jalil Jan, Senior Vice President and Vice President of the SCCI, and Ziaul Haq Sarhadi, president of Frontier Customs Agents Association, former senior vice president of SCCI, PAJCCI also attended the meeting. The participants informed the meeting that the bilateral trade and transit trade business between Pakistan and Afghanistan had remained low for the last three months owing to exchange of driver on zero point at Pak-Afghan Torkham border and unloading of goods vehicles because of which traders, exporters and importers on both sides of the border had to face financial losses.
They urged the government and Ministry of Interior to enforce similar standard operating procedures for bilateral, transit trade and export, import between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The meeting emphasized to allow Pak-Afghan transit trade and export goods vehicles to be unloaded at any point in Afghanistan.
They called upon the government and relevant authorities to take proactive steps to remove hurdles to bilateral trade and transit trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Shahid Hussain apprised the meeting about impediments to Pak-Afghan mutual trade, transit trade and problems being faced by business community on both sides of the border. He urged the government to take pragmatic measures for amicable resolution of problems of Pak-Afghan business community and removal of obstacles in way of trade between the two neighboring countries. Earlier, both sides agreed to take joint steps to resolve problems of traders, exporters and importers on both sides of the border. Besides, Pakistan economy, business and job of large number of people have attached with Pak-Afghan trade, the participants said.
They asked the Islamabad and Kabul to resolve the issues pertaining to Pak-Afghan bilateral trade and transit, which can bring billions in shape of foreign exchange in national kitty that will enhance Pakistan’s revenue.
Fawad Arash, Afghan Commercial Attaché agreed with proposals of SCCI president, Engr Maqsood Pervaiz and other participants.
The Afghan diplomat informed the meeting in detail about problems being faced by Afghan traders, exporters and importers.


Thursday, June 11, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Addressing lawmakers, acting minister of Finance on Wednesday said the World Bank and the international community had pledged $300 million in assistance to the Afghans in need amid Covid-19 crisis.
Acting finance minister Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal on Wednesday briefed the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament about amendment in 1399 fiscal year’s budget plan.
He said the distribution of bread to poor people in the country had come to an end, but another program was under work that would provide food packages or cash assistance to needy people in the country.
The Afghan government after the outbreak of coronavirus and public lockdowns, started distribution of bread to people suffering from poverty in the country, but the process stopped after 40 days of its beginning. Arghandiwal said the World Bank and the international community had promised to provide $300 million in aid to Afghans affected by poverty. However, he said the type of the assistance was not yet known. “Two plans including food packages and cash aid to poor people are on the table and it would become clear which one to choose,” he added.
“The government played its part for getting out of the current situation and now it asks the parliament for help to do its job,” he concluded.

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