19 November 2019

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Tuesday, November 05, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah chaired the economic committee meeting of council of ministers here yesterday at the Sapidar Palace, the statement from CE Press office said.
At the outset, the Craftsmen Union briefed the session on Shoemakers association’s activities, increasing production of  shoes and preparing of 150 shoe-making machines, adding the contract with the association has been ended recently, the statement said, quoting the Chief Executive instructing the organs concerned to extend the contract with the shoemaking association.
The Minister of Transport Yama Yari presented a detailed report to the session on agreement signed between Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia on expansion of trade via Lapiz Lazuli route.
The session discussed importance of the route and challenges ahead of the traders. CE Abdullah instructed the ministry of transport to hold meetings with deputy ministers of ministry of foreign affairs to seek ways for solving of the issues, according to the statement.
The ministry of commerce and industries briefed the session on impacts of air corridors and informed the session of increasing income since 2017.
The chief executive said much attentions should be paid for domestic products and all decisions should be carefully taken to benefit the country.  He also said efforts should be made to prevent exporting of neighboring products under the name of Afghanistan.  “The main aim is to help the domestic products.”
The executive committee for private sector development reported about trade indexes, progress and challenges ahead of trade in the country.
The Chief Executive emphasized on coordination among entities and instructed the ministries of commerce and economy to address the issues of hike of prices for flour and low prices of fruits in the domestic markets, the statement added.
The session also decided to include Women Chamber of Commerce and Industries in Economic Committee meetings of the council of ministers, the statement said.

Monday November 4, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with administrative body and heads of the commissions for the lower house of parliament here at the presidential palace on Saturday evening. According to BNA report, at the outset, state minister for parliamentary affairs Farooq Wardak presented his proposals for boosting political understandings, strengthening national organizations and providing of services to the people and better coordination among three forces. House Speaker, Mir Rahman Rahmani briefed the session their works, including approval of the laws and addressing of people’s problems, saying such meeting should be continued to monitor lower house activities.
Representing house commissions and parliamentary groups, Malek Qais Noor Agha Malikzai and Khan Agha Rezaiee and an MP from Nangarhar Lailuma Hakimi briefed President on three forces coordination and joint mechanism for addressing of problems as well as presented their proposals or ensuring peace, sharing government’s peace plan with house members and holding of joint meetings of MPs with ministers. Welcoming the house administrative body, President Ghani emphasized on importance of coordination among three forces in the country, instructing the high presidential office and state ministry of parliamentary affairs to prepare a decree on joint meetings of MPs and minister and present it to the cabinet meeting.
The President went on saying that meetings of the ministers and MPs should be recorded so that the public know there were not private discussions, but that of the national interest. Thanking MPs for approval of the laws, the President said still some important laws were yet to be approved, asking them to take steps on the issue. The President also said peace was the main priority for government and people and the new government would take practical measures on the aspect. The President went on saying that would share the contents of peace plan with both houses of parliament. Hinting to monitoring of the government activities and MPs problems, the President said monitoring should be defined at first as it was a technical task.

Monday November 4, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Speaking in a meeting with the leadership board of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani called for setting an economy-oriented policy within the ministry, BNA reported.
President Ghani said all executions in the ministry should be transparent, impartial and based on law. “The frameworks and work areas the consulate directorate should be assessed, diplomatic and administrative affairs should be defined and distinguished and the working areas of the ambassadors, counselors and secretaries of foreign based Afghanistan embassies should be investigated,” the President added. Employment in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should be based on the laws, rules, drafts and national and international standards, the country’s President concluded.

Monday, November 4, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Nine children in northeastern Afghanistan were killed while walking to school on Saturday by a roadside bomb believed to have been planted by the Taliban.
Sayed Mehraj Sadat, the police chief in Takhar province, said the bomb’s intended target was most likely Afghan security forces, who often use the road the children were walking on.  No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.  Sadat said the victims were between 10 and 15 years old.  Presidential Palace in a statement condemned the incident, blaming Taliban for killing and injuring of schoolchildren in Darqad district of Takhar province.
“President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani condemns such inhuman and barbaric act of the terrorists and said targeting of the schoolchildren were indeed against Islamic teaching and Prophet Mohammad (PBUH),” the statement quoted the president as saying.
The president said Taliban could not prevent future generation’s access to education through conducting such attacks.  The group has also martyred a number of Afghan civilians in last 24 hours in different provinces of Paktika, Kapisa, Ghazni, Urozgan and Baghlan provinces, the statement added.
The president extended his condolences to families of martyrs and wished recovery for those injured in the incident, the statement added.

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