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Monday, April 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) It is my great pleasure to welcome you today to the National Museum of Afghanistan. 
I thank you for joining us to officially open the museum’s newest exhibition: Buddhism Heritage in Afghanistan. The national museum has suffered a tragic past, but 2002 was the beginning of a new era in the history of this cultural institution. Together, with the help of the international community and our friends from Greece, the Netherlands, USA, UNESCO and others, we were able to begin reconstruction on this building, which was officially opened in 2004. 
However, much work will remain, and I am very pleased to see the continued support of the international community by your presence here today. This support was demonstrated in March 2011 with the opening of the Mes Aynak exhibition. Which serves as the first public exhibition of the recently excavated artifacts from the site? 
This exhibition was supported by the US Embassy here in Kabul, and highlights the partnerships we have built to support the National Museum and the continued preservation of Afghanistan’s cultural heritage. I hope you will take some time today to look at the Mes Aynak collection, which is now permanently displayed on the second floor of the museum. 
Since the museums official reopening, we have worked hard to support its development, and it is with great pleasure that I remind you that just over one year ago from today, the Ministry of Information and Culture and the US Embassy in Kabul announced its support to construct a new building that will hue the National Museum. 
The US Embassy in Kabul, represented at the time by Ambassador Eikenberry, made a pledge of $5 million for continuous support to the museum to construct a new building, which will serve in conjunction with this existing museum where we have gathered today. 
In addition to the US’s generous pledge, the Ministry of Information and Culture pledged $2 million and the Ministry of Mines pledged $1 million to support the expansion of the National Museum. These pledges demonstrate the commitment of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the United State to support the long-term preservation of Afghanistan’s invaluable cultural heritage. Since announcing the project to construct a new building for the National Museum, we have achieved some significant milestones that I would like to bring to your attention. 
First: On March 5, 2012 an international architectural design competition was announced as a result of close collaboration between the Ministry of Information and Culture and the US embassy in Kabul.  This is a clear demonstration of our continued partnership and long-term support for the National Museum. 
Second: We continue to upgrade the museum’s grounds and improve the security and appearance of the existing building. We expect this work to be completed by spring 2013, and we believe that these improvements will allow for a better environment for the eventual return of the traveling “Afghanistan Treasure” exhibition. So, today, we have come to open a new exhibition that highlights the Buddhist heritage of Afghanistan. 
This exhibition illustrates the extensive period of history in which Buddhism was practiced for more than 1,000 years in Afghanistan and at the same time Zorasterian was also practiced. 
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Dutch Embassy and the Dutch Center for International Heritage Activities for their generous support in organizing this exhibition. This exhibition would not have been possible without their support, and both the Ministry and the National Museum are greatly appreciative. With this exhibition, the National Museum can highlight the importance of our rich history for both Afghans and the international community, and I hope this can be a source of unifying pride for the Afghan nation. 
In closing, I would like to acknowledge with gratitude all the previous support the Ministry has received from the international community, especially from the Netherlands and the United States. However, I must also remind you that there is a lot of important work that remains ahead of us to ensure the long-term preservation of Afghanistan’s irreplaceable cultural heritage that the National Museum serves to protect. 
Afghanistan’s cultural heritage is not only for the Afghan people, it is part of a heritage that we share with the world. Afghanistan today remains at the center of a global crossroads, and as we all hope for a peaceful future in this country, we ask the international community to continue its essential support for this esteemed institution. We, the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Afghan people, pledge to honor your support through the protection and preservation of our cultural heritage and to continue sharing it with the world. I thank you again for joining us today, and I hope you enjoy the exhibition.

Sunday, April 29, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Union for Hajj Omra pilgrimage had recently received work permit from the country’s chamber of commerce and industries, said an official. 
Deputy Information and Culture Minister, Ghulam Nabi Farahi told the meeting held in the Safi Landmark hotel that there were many challenges in the method of the companies providing services in the areas of Pilgrimage and Tourism affairs, forcing the government to remove them from the last year Hajj service process. 
He said ministry of information and culture issue work licenses for the said companies and obverse their work process as well. He said the country had large areas of tourist sites requiring proper services to be offered by the considered eligible companies. 
Deputy Minister of Hajj and Islamic Affairs, Mawlawi Abdul Hakim Munib also spoke at the meeting as saying the aforesaid companies can play effective role in providing services in the area of Hajj and tourism through a specific address. 
Head of chambers of commerce and industries, Qurban Haqju also said at the meeting that the pilgrimage and tourist companies had been offering works separately, but they would provide services within the union for the Hajj and Tourism companies recently found work license for providing proper services for the people. 
Up to 600 companies had enjoyed membership of the union with over 1,000 people being engaged in providing services for the countrymen.

Saturday, April 28, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A workshop with participation of the directors of cultural departments and deputies of the ministry for information and cultured opened here yesterday with regard to planning, reporting and review of the performances of the civilian employees with the speech by Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen, Minister for Information and Culture. 
The minister in his speech highlighted the importance of administrative reforms in competitions, adding the process of reforms is going on smoothly in the ministry for information and culture. 
Dr. Raheen said in his speech that anything you had learned yesterday is old today, saying the progress over the past 20 years in the field of technology is fast and surprising. 
Meantime, he said that unfortunately the face of Afghanistan at the world opinion and international media has been tarnished while Afghan nation is not extremist nation and rather has hugely contributed in the promotion of art, science, culture and education in the world. 
Dr. Raheen stated that the knowledge of Avicenna has been taught for several centuries in Europe universities particularly in Swiss, saying Abu Raihan Albironi is alone enough to highlight the role of Afghans in today’s civilization.
Dr. Bismillah Adelpor also spoke on the occasion. Rohul Amin Habibi the director of human resources department of the ministry for information and culture in his speech said that the objective of holding this seminar is to familiarize the participants on the role of planning, reporting and performances of the civilian employees in accordance with 16 article of the law of civilian employees.

Saturday, April 28, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The committee for painting and calligraphy exhibition with Dr. Sayed Makhdom Raheen the Minister for Information and Culture held meeting yesterday.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister Raheen highlighted the importance of the art of painting and calligraphy and said the Ministry for Information and Culture has held series of exhibitions and seminars to promote arts, tasking the commission to hold the exhibition in mid Jauza this year with the participation of the painters and calligraphers of the country.
The participants of the commission presented their point of view with regard to the coming exhibition.

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