Thursday, 31 March 2016

В северной провинции Бадахшан возобновили работы над ГЭС Шорабак

После перерыва годичной длительности в провинции Бадахшан возобновили работы над ГЭС Шорабак. Генеральным подрядчиком по проекту выступает турецкая компания. Финансирование в объёме 31,8 млн. евро производится правительством Германии. Ранее министерство энергетики и водоснабжения Афганистана планировало обеспечить провинцию электричеством за счёт солнечных батарей, однако местные жители воспротивились этой инициативе. После ряда протестных выступлений президент Ашраф Гани распорядился продолжить работы над ГЭС. Губернатор провинции Бадахшан поблагодарил жителей провинции за открытое выражение своей гражданской позиции. Проект позволит производить 7,3 МВт электроэнергии.

Governance Forum Afghanistan targeted 2016's research topics on governance

The Governance Forum Afghanistan (Govern4Afg), a platform for policy dialogue on governance topics in Afghanistan, discussed research topics for 2016. In the upcoming months, Afghan--German expert teams will develop policy papers on 6 specific research questions, providing recommendations for the Afghan government on how to accomplish important reforms. These activities are funded by the German government. Recently, representatives of the Independent Directorate for Local Governance (IDLG), the Ministry of Economy (MoEc), the Ministry of Finance (MoF), the Afghan-German cooperation, the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) and Govern4Afg as well as policy advisors from various line departments and national experts discussed a list of 25 relevant research topics. These topics had been collected through interviews with Afghan politicians. The list included subjects related to oversight and monitoring in local governance, the improvement of civil society organization’s legal framework as well as urbanization. During the meeting cut the number of proposed research topics down to 10. They demanded Govern4Afg’s experts to conduct research on topics such as service provision by key ministries, the role of non-government organizations (NGOs) in the development sector and how agriculture could support economic development in Afghanistan. In the near future, the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) will designate 6 research topics that will be conducted throughout the current year.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Supply and Delivery of Electricity Meter Boxes and associated equipment

1. The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has applied for financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Afghanistan Power System Development Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds toward payments under the contract for Procurement of Meter Boxes and Associated Equipment.

2. Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) now invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for Meter Boxes for delivery to Charikar and to Pul-i-Khumri all to be supplied with associated equipment as described in the bidding documents.

3. Bidding will be conducted through the International Competitive Bidding procedures as specified in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Procurement of Goods, Works and Non-Consulting Services under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers (“Procurement Guidelines”), and is open to all eligible bidders as defined in the Procurement Guidelines. In addition, please refer to paragraphs 1.6 and 1.7 setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.

4. Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information from National Procurement Authority Email: _________________  and inspect the bidding documents at the address given below from 8:00 hrs to 16:00 hrs on any working day from Saturday to Wednesday.

5. Qualifications requirements include
(a) If Bidder is Manufacturer:
(i) Financial Capability
The Bidder shall furnish documentary evidence that it meets the following financial requirement(s):
As a minimum, an Applicant’s net worth calculated as the difference between total assets and total liabilities should be positive:
Audited financial statements showing an average annual turnover of at least US$4,000,000 of the previous 3 years
Bidder must demonstrate access to, or availability of, financial resources such as liquid assets, unencumbered real assets, lines of credit, and other financial means, other than any contractual mobilization payments to meet:
Cash flow capacity of at least US$2,000,000 and positive net worth
For Joint Venture, the lead member shall meet at least 50% of that required, and each member shall meet at least 30% of that required.
(ii) Experience and Technical Capacity
a) The Bidder shall furnish documentary evidence to demonstrate that it meets the following experience requirement(s):
1. The meter boxes and associated equipment offered shall be under standard production by the manufacturer for at least 5(five) years.
2. Supply and delivery of similar electrical equipment of at least US$2,000,000 in any of the last 5 years
3. The list of supplied equipment shall include:
a) Name and address of Purchaser with email address/phone No.
b) Contract number and date.
c) Equipment/items ordered/supplied with their respective quantities.
d) Scheduled delivery date and actual delivery date.
e) Details of Complaint, if any, received from the purchaser about the performance of the Equipment/items.
b) The bids of bidders quoting as authorized distributer/dealer/reseller meeting with the above requirements in full can be considered only if:
1. The manufacturer/authorized distributer furnishes authorization assuring full guarantee and warranty obligations as per GCC Clause 28
2. Manufacturer’s Authorization Certificate is required if the bid is not submitted by Manufacturer
In case of joint venture, the lead member (partner) shall have the requisite experience as per (ii)(a) above and the other individual members (partners) may have individually or in JV supplied similar equipment within the last five (5) years to a tune of at least US$60,000 and documentary evidence for the same need to be produced as per (ii)-a-3 above.
(iii) Documentary Evidence
a) The Bidder shall furnish documentary evidence to demonstrate that the Goods it offers meet the following usage requirement:
1. Meter boxes suitable for use on DABS system i.e. conforming to the technical specifications
2. Previous contracts/work orders/Supply orders confirming that similar meter boxes and associated equipment were supplied.
3. Certificates issued, if any by previous purchaser of similar meter boxes and associated equipment to the extent that the goods supplied are satisfactory
(b) If Bidder is not manufacturer:
If a Bidder is not a manufacturer, but is offering the Goods on behalf of the Manufacturer under Manufacturer's Authorization Form (Section IV, Bidding Forms), the bidder must meet the above qualifications (i), (ii), (iii)

6. A complete set of bidding documents in English may be obtained by interested bidders by downloading the same from the NPA website In case of difficulty in downloading from website, interested bidders may contact at email address ____________________________________

7. Bids must be delivered to the address _____________________________ at or before 10:00AM (Local time), on 25th April 2016. Late bids will be rejected. Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders’ representatives who choose to attend in person at the address below at 10:00 Hrs (Local time), on the same day.

8. All bids must be accompanied by a Bid Security of the amount of US$80,000 or an equivalent amount in a freely convertible currency valid for a period of 28 days beyond the validity period of Bids (118 days from bid submission deadline date).

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Афганский и российский банки подписали Меморандум о Сотрудничестве который облегчает доступ российским компаниям к участию в тендерах на территории Афганистана

На прошлой неделе в Москву совершила визит делегация представителей одного из афганских банков, подписавшая меморандум о стратегическом партнёрстве с руководством аналогичного российского финансового учреждения. Соглашение предполагает сотрудничество двух банков в деле обмена информации, формирования клиентской базы, проектного взаимодействия в СНГ и на территории стран-соседей Афганистана, а также по ряду других вопросов. Подготовка к подписанию меморандума проходила в рамках заседания Российско-афганской межправительственной комиссии по торгово-экономическому сотрудничеству, состоявшегося в ещё начале месяца в Кабуле. Примечательно, что сотрудничеству предстоит стать первым опытом поддержки со стороны банковского сектора представителей бизнеса на территории двух стран в истории российского и афганского торгово-экономического взаимодействия. Меморандум упростит доступ российским компаниям к участию в тендерах на территории Афганистана в сферах энергетики, промышленного и гражданского строительства, а также инфраструктуры. Кроме того, взаимодействие позволит повысить эффективность системы расчётов при экспортно-импортных операциях между компаниями двух стран. В ближайшее время банки намерены сосредоточить сотрудничество на работе с юридическими лицами, а впоследствии партнёры собираются приступить и к организации взаиморасчётом между физическими лицами на территории России и Афганистана.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Authorities of Japan discuss Kabul New City Development with Afghan officials

A delegation of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) met with the officials of Dehsabz-Barikab City Development Authority (DCDA), Independent Board of Kabul New City Development (KNC). The meeting aimed to understand and share the progress of KNC project as a whole and onsite construction activities of phase one, this included commencement of onsite work for construction of typical housing units in parcel 2.2, completion of concept for development of industrial park in Barikab Agriculture Economic Zone (BAEZ) and its approval by High Economic Council (HEC), completion of Real Estate Market Survey, revision of KNC development policy and discussion with the Afghan President on legal framework of DCDA accordingly. JICA delegations appreciated the efforts of DCDA team and discussed about development of temporary water resources pipeline from Pul-e-charkhi area to KNC phase one for commencement of the onsite work. DCDA officials had earlier announced that the construction of Kabul New City is ready to kick off, pending an approval from the Afghan Presidential Palace to start the construction works. Recently, DCDA-KNC signed agreements with several construction companies for the realization of 55,000 residential houses, and the companies are ready to start their work. Kabul New City is almost two times bigger than the current city of Kabul.

LEARN MORE ABOUT KABUL NEW CITY: A multiphased mega-project, Kabul New City is the first of its kind of development in Afghanistan
Having worked with major real estate projects in Dubai in the “Wild West” good old days – when fantastical property developments were launching every month – my ears instantly pricked up when I heard about Kabul New City.
A multi-phased “mega-project,” Kabul New City is the first of its kind of development in Afghanistan. It was conceptualized to address the severe housing shortage as well as lack of employment facing the ever-increasing population of Afghanistan’s capital city, Kabul. With a long term promise of 500,000 housing units for an eventual population of 3 million, plus the creation of an estimated 500,000 jobs, Kabul New City is set to stimulate the country’s economy in ways not imaginable just a few years ago.
Attending a presentation about Kabul New City, I was able to meet the faces behind the project; the Dehsabz City Development Authority (DCDA). This entity is the regulator and management authority over-seeing the project and liaising with the Government on behalf of private sector investors. Attendees were treated to a state-of-the-art presentation and video, and then lunch was enjoyed with serious investors from as far away as the USA, Europe, and the Arabian Gulf as well as with the top decision-makers from DCDA.
The 740 sq km site features two major urban sub-centres, modern administrative, residential, commercial, and light industrial zones, as well as greenbelt areas and a centrally located Nature Reserve and parks complete with leisure, entertainment and professional sports facilities.

The New City master plan was conceptualized by the Government of Japan and the French private sector, and endorsed by the Afghan Cabinet in March 2009. As an added bonus, the northern sector of the project is slated to be developed as a dedicated agro-industry and food processing business incubation hub designed to attract both national and international companies. And, if one listens to DCDA, this is just the beginning; the potential for further job creation and investment is staggering. A wealth of future opportunities for Afghan businesses lie in construction and infrastructure support as well as the service, light manufacturing, agro-industry, and tourism sectors.
So for those who follow the global real estate development trail, and who speculate as to where The Next Big Thing is happening – look towards Afghanistan and the ancient silk road trading hub city soon to be re-born as Kabul New City.

Afghan Intelligence Chief said Taliban to pursue violence with full support of the Pakistani Inter Services Intelligence (ISI)

Pakistani secret services are famous
for being among the most cruel,
criminal and corrupt in the world
The acting Afghan Intelligence Chief Massoud Andarabi said that Taliban will pursue violence with the full support of Pakistani military intelligence, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). Briefing the Afghan lawmakers in the Lower House of the Parliament, Andarabi said the Taliban group will pursue violence in the summer as they are being supported by ISI and encouraged to increase violence and bring more areas under their control. Andarabi further added that the enemies of the country were more hopeful last year considering the situation of the country as they eyed to capture more areas with persistent violence and increase their political legitimacy. However, Andarabi said the offensive by the Taliban militants group was repulsed as they failed to have strategic gains. This is not the first time top Afghan security officials are criticizing Pakistan for interfering in internal affairs of the country. The Afghan officials have long been slamming Pakistan, specifically the country’s military intelligence for supporting the anti-government armed groups in Afghanistan. The officials also criticize the Pakistani military intelligence for providing shelters to Afghan militant groups, specifically the Taliban group and the notorious Haqqani network who are blamed for deadly attacks in the country.
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General Procurement Notice CASA-1000 Project

  • Afghanistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan and Tajikistan
Central Asia South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade 
Project (CASA-1000) - Energy Sector

The countries of Pakistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan have applied for a financing from the Islamic Development Bank toward the cost of the CASA-1000 Project, and they intend to apply part of the proceeds to payments for goods, works and related services to be procured under this project. The Afghanistan portion of this project will be financed by the World Bank’s International Development Association and the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust. The whole project will include the following components:

  • Construction of about 750 km of 500 kV of High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) overhead transmission line between Tajikistan Pakistan and Afghanistan.
  • Engineering design, construction and commissioning of three HVDC converter stations at Sangtuda (1,300 MW) in Tajikistan; Kabul (300 MW) in Afghanistan; and Peshawar (1,300 MW) in Pakistan.
  • Construction of about 475 km of 500 kV High Voltage Alternating Current (HVAC) overhead transmission line between the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan.
  • Construction of about 115 km of 500 kV HVAC line in Tajikistan along with associated substation equipment and other parts necessary for network reinforcement.

Procurement of contracts financed by the Islamic Development Bank will be conducted through the procedures as specified in the Guidelines for Procurement of Goods and Works under Islamic Development Bank Financing (2009), and is open to all eligible bidders as defined in the guidelines.

Specific procurement notices for contracts to be bid under the Islamic Development Bank’s international competitive bidding (ICB) procedures will be announced, as they become available, on the IsDB website and CASA-1000 website as well as technical magazines, newspapers and trade publications of wide international circulation and in local newspapers.

Prequalification of suppliers and contractors will be required for the following contracts:
  • Package 1: HVAC Transmission Line in Kyrgyz Republic,
  • Package 2: HVDC Transmission Line in Tajikistan from Sangtuda converter station till the Afghanistan boarder,
  • Package 3: HVDC Transmission Line in Pakistan from Afghanistan boarder to Peshawar converter station.
Interested Bidders may obtain GENERAL PROCUREMENT NOTICE in
Russian language HERE

В Кабуле начнётся строительство главного канала для стока дождевой воды

Две дороги общей стоимостью 4,5 млн. долларов США отремонтированы и сданы в эксплуатацию в г.Кабуле. Ремонт продолжался почти 2 года; проект профинансировал World Bank. Помимо самих дорог, были установлены светофоры, построены четырёхметровые пешеходные тротуары, ограждение и дорожные знаки. Упомянутые дороги являются ключевыми для дорожного движения в Кабуле и разрешат множество сложностей пешеходов и автомобилистов. В то же время ещё многие дороги столицы Афганистана нуждаются в срочном ремонте, как и дренажная система. В следующем солнечном году планируется заасфальтировать не менее 100 километров городских дорог. Кроме того, в ближайшие месяцы начнётся строительство главного канала для оттока дождевой воды из города.

Afghanistan needs more investments in the health sector

The National Procurement Commission (NPC) of Afghanistan discussed supply of medicines and medical products to Afghanistan in its last session on Saturday, March 26, 2016. The President of Afghanistan, Dr. Ashraf Ghani, assigned the Ministries of Health, Justice, Economy, Finance, Interior, Defense and other related institutions to provide necessary recommendations to the High Economic Council (HEC) for attracting more investments in the health sector. The HEC will receive within two months a draft for a comprehensive plan for the production of quality medicines.


Sunday, 27 March 2016

Vocational training institutes open in Afghan key cities Kabul, Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif

Vocational training institutes opened again their doors for over 1000 apprentices upon the start of the new academic year. After some institutes in Kabul held entry tests last week, Herat and Mazar-e Sharif followed suit and offered an orientation day, during which this year’s new apprentices were officially welcomed. The apprentices receive theoretical and practical training at the different Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutes. They all run the relatively new Ostad-Shagerdi training program, for which the German government has provided continuous technical and financial support. The program aims at integrating apprentices of the informal sector into the formal Afghan education system. So far, certain professions, such as carpentry, tailoring, IT and electronic repairing, were left out and apprentices often didn’t have the chance to receive proper training. The Ostad-Shagerdi training program allows apprentices in these fields to acquire basic theoretical background of their profession and to get access to advanced technologies and to improve their performances. At the moment 12 institutes provide vocational education and training to over 1200 apprentices.

A new vocational field, beauty parlor, has been added to the program, which will increase the number of female students. The Director of the Ostad-Shagerdi Directorate, Mr. Mohammad Ashraf Wahdat, said at the reopening of a vocational training institute in Kabul, “The Ostad-Shagerdi training program strengthens the skills of young people. It acts like a bridge between education and work, where theory and practice merge. Furthermore, the program can engage the private sector to invest into our educational system.” The Ostad-Shagerdi training program was introduced last year, after an agreement was signed between Mr. Asif Nang, former Deputy Minister of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Mr. Hassan Sepahi, Chairman of the Federation of Afghan Crafts and Trade (FACT), and Dr. Gustav Reier, Director of the Afghan-German Cooperation TVET Program. The German government supports the modernization of Afghanistan’s apprenticeship system and has assisted all 12 pilot institutes to create a sound training environment; this includes the construction and renovation of schools, provision of equipment, drafting of curricula and textbooks, as well as the organization of training that is needed for teachers.

In close cooperation with the Afghan Ministry of Education, the German-financed TVET program promotes technical and vocational education and training in Afghanistan by establishing quality and sustainable, formal vocational school system. The goal is to help as many young Afghans as possible to acquire skills that will improve their chances of finding a job and earning a regular income.

Afghanistan State Electricity Company DABS decided to annihilate every single corruption

CEO of DABS Mr. Qudratullah Delawar
We are not just wishing for an ideal sheer organization but we decided to annihilate every single corruption in Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS).
Qudratullah Delawari, Chief Executive Officer of DABS addressed an assembly of all DABS staff and he opined, “Elimination of corruption needs strong volition which we have, as corruption is the source of misery and backwardness of our country”.
Mr. Delawari added, “we have to work together to conquer corruption from our offices, management and society. DABS must be an example of adequacy and none of the subscribers should complain about DABS.
Mr. Delawari believes that corruption is a cancer in the country and we have started a strong battle against corrupt people. He also guided all the staff to deal in a friendly manner with subscribers and present them with best of services.

About DABS: Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) is an independent and autonomous company established under The Corporations and Limited Liabilities Law of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (IROA). DABS is a limited liability company with all its equity shares owned by the Government of Afghanistan (GoA). The company was incorporated on 4th May 2008 (15 Saur 1387) and replaces Da Afghanistan Breshna Moassassa (DABM) as the national power utility. DABS will operate and manage electric power generation, import, transmission, and distribution throughout Afghanistan on a commercial basis.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

A leading example of development in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Aino Mena, a township in the southern province of Kandahar, is considered a leading example of reconstruction and development in Afghanistan. Situated in the province of Kandahar, the site gently slopes and has a backdrop of mountains bordering the Arghandab valley. The construction of this township has brought about positive changes to the lives of hundreds of people in the area. The township is spread over 20000 jirebs of land and is home to 4000 families. But the township has not only provided housing to people but it has also created over 250 thousand jobs over the years. Currently over 800 people work for the township and earn between Afs 14,000 up to Afs 140,000 monthly.

Спецпредставитель РФ по Афганистану Замир Кабулов рассказал о планах по строительству нефтеперерабатывающего завода

Замир Кабулов рассказал
о планах по строительству
НПЗ в Афганистане
Россия заинтересована в закреплении и дальнейшем развитии экономического сотрудничества с Афганистаном, заявил спецпредставитель РФ по Афганистану Замир Кабулов. Российский дипломат подчеркнул, что приоритетным направлением российско-афганского сотрудничества является электроэнергетика.
Он добавил, что на прошедшем в Кабуле в начале марта заседания межправительственной комиссии также обсуждались проекты в области торговли, транспорта и образования. Кабулов отметил, что российские компании заинтересованы в проведении геологоразведочных работ на территории Афганистана. Он также рассказал о планах по строительству нефтеперерабатывающего завода в провинции Джаузджан.

Губернатор Атта Мохаммад Нур выразил благодарность правительству Германии

В провинции Балх построена 11-километровая асфальтовая дорога между городом Балх и мостом Бангала. Раньше данный участок пути не подходил для интенсивного движения, из-за чего многочисленные жители окрестных поселений не могли добираться до Мазари-Шарифа с достаточной оперативностью. Теперь пациенты смогут быстро доехать до больницы в административном центре, а дети будут тратить гораздо меньше времени, добираясь до школ, заявил губернатор Атта Мохаммад Нур на торжественной церемонии по случаю завершения строительства. Высокопоставленный чиновник выразил благодарность правительству Германии, которое профинансировало данный проект стоимостью EUR 3,300,000 и подчеркнул, что министерство общественных работ продемонстрировало оперативность и высокое качество исполнения при строительстве данного объекта. Работы по проекту начались в 2013 году. Просёлочную дорогу пришлось существенно расширить, построить дренажную систему на всём её протяжении и уложить асфальт. После десятилетий гражданской войны состояние дорожно-транспортной системы Афганистана плачевно, что осложняет жизнь жителей страны и вредит любому бизнесу, так или иначе связанному с грузоперевозками.

JICA meets with Kabul New City DEV Authority

March 2016 - A meeting of Dip. Eng. Alham Omar Hotaki Deputy and Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) held with JICA’s Infrastructure Director for (Afghanistan and Pakistan) with the participation of senior members of JICA and DCDA. The meeting aimed to understand and share the progress of KNC project as a whole and onsite construction activities of phase one, this included commencement of onsite work for construction of typical housing units in parcel 2.2, completion of concept for development of industrial park in Barikab Agriculture Economic Zone (BAEZ) and its approval by High Economic Council, completion of Real Estate Market Survey, revision of KNC development policy and discussion with H.E. the president on legal framework of DCDA accordingly. Likewise, following activities made for Kabul Metropolitan Area development; just as the concept for Qargha as a Recreational Economic Zone, concept for development of Central Business Districts (CBD) for existing Kabul and many other improvements were explained by Mr. Hotaki respectively.

JICA delegations appreciated the efforts of DCDA team and discussed about development of temporary water resources pipeline from Pul-e-charkhi area to KNC phase one for commencement of the onsite work. Finally, delegations ensured DCDA for cooperation and support of JICA’s Head Quarter in this regard.

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Pakistan to establish customs complex at Torkham border with Afghanistan

The authorities of Pakistan are working on the construction of a major customs complex at Torkham border in an attempt to improve trade volume with financial contribution from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Peshawar Customs Office said the new complex would reduce the duration of checking and clearing process at the border from one day to one hour. The complex is a first of its kind in the country, which will make border crossing systematic, fully computerized and will augment trade volume on the historic route. Customs complex would improve facilities related to clearance of loaded trucks crossing the border to Afghanistan and cars.

The complex, covering about 90 acres of land, would house customs and immigration offices, two-way customs and immigration terminals, checking and scanning plazas for pedestrians, passenger and cargo vehicles.

The ADB has provided USD 300 million loan for execution of the projects on soft term basis to Pakistan while National Logistic Cell (NLC) was implementing the project.

Pakistan is the most dangerous enemy of the People of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Dr. Sima Samar
Pakistan to be hit by problems it causes in Afghanistan, Sima Samar warns.

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) Chief Sima Samar has warned Pakistan will be hit by problems it causes in Afghanistan. Samar is in India to participate in an international conference on child and youth. “I believe that our neighbour (Pakistan) should realise that problems that it is causing in Afghanistan is not going to stay within our boundaries. It would reach them,”  she told IANS in an interview. She also added “As soon as they realise this and take action against enemies of human rights, the world will have a positive change.”  Samar further added “When you (Pakistan) are training bad people against a country, you will be trapped.”  According to Samar, social and economic stability reach Afghanistan within next 20 years provided that regional cooperation was in place that lead to peace in the country. “If everything goes well, including the social, economical and political situation in the region, we may achieve prosperous Afghanistan sooner than 20 years,”  she added. Samar described poverty, inequality and disorientation against the people as a major cause of terrorism. “Those who are killing themselves and involve in terrorist activities are also people like us. But what put them in that situation has reasons and conditions. I think poverty, inequality and lack of job opportunities for youth is major reason of terrorism. Where would they go? Either they are used by group of people to brainwash and make them supporter of the government or by the extremists,”  she said. She also voiced concerns regarding the discrimination against the girl child in the region while advocating for an over overall policy revision for south Asian countries, in terms of quality education and social services. Recalling Farkhunda, a 27-year-old Afghan woman who was lynched by a mob on March 19 last year in Kabul over rumours of blasphemy, Samar said “If I had a choice, maybe I would have not born a girl.”
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Japan grants Afghanistan USD 21,3 million humanitarian assistance

The Government of Japan has recently provided a total of USD 21.3 million fund to UNHCR, UNICEF, UNMAS, WFP, and IOM for humanitarian and emergency assistance in Afghanistan.

The funding from Japan will allow those agencies to address humanitarian challenges through provision of vital support to refugees returning from Pakistan and Iran, and to people suffering from food insecurity, malnutrition, natural disaster, displacement and other critical situations. The contribution responds to requirements under UNOCHA’s 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan.

1) Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – USD 4,000,000

Funding from the Government of Japan will support UNHCR to facilitate voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees from Iran and Pakistan, foster sustainable reintegration of the returnees in Afghanistan, and deliver humanitarian assistance to refugees in the south-eastern part of Afghanistan. Japan’s contribution will help UNHCR to provide protection and monitoring of returnees, as well as to maintain the functioning of three encashment centres in Herat, Nangarhar and Kabul provinces, benefitting an estimated 30,000 Afghan returnees.

2) United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) – USD 2,300,000

Contribution from the Government of Japan will enable UNICEF to provide water, sanitation and hygiene services to nearly 20,000 individuals who have been affected by conflict or natural disaster. The project supported by the Japanese fund will also facilitate protection of about 22,000 children and parents in emergency situations and reintegration of about 4,800 unaccompanied Afghan children repatriated from Iran to Afghanistan.

3) United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) – USD 2,000,000

Funding from the Government of Japan will support demining activities in Kandahar, Kunduz, and Farah provinces, where many communities remain affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW). It is expected that a total of 1.76 square kilometers of land will be cleared of landmines and ERW, directly benefiting 13,198 people who reside within 500 meters from contaminated areas, with indirect beneficiaries estimated at 456,885. The assistance will contribute to socio-economic development as well as an overall reduction of civilian casualties.

4) World Food Program (WFP) – USD 8,000,000

Funding from the Government of Japan will help to directly address food insecurity and malnutrition in Afghanistan, as well as to provide Humanitarian Air Services. WFP will procure, transport, and distribute over 6,850 metric tonnes of food commodities including fortified wheat flour, fortified vegetable oil, pulses, salt and Ready to Use Supplementary Food. The food assistance is to assist about 100,000 vulnerable people with a family ration for the period from two months to nine months, especially survivors of natural disasters, internally displaced persons malnourished children and nursing mothers. In addition, WFP will operate air transportation services for passengers and cargos to facilitate humanitarian and development activities in Afghanistan, including timely medical and security evacuation as required.

5) International Organization for Migration (IOM) – USD 5,000,000

Funding from the Government of Japan will support IOM to provide humanitarian assistance to 26,720 highly vulnerable undocumented Afghan returnees from Pakistan and Iran. Additionally, the project will establish and pilot a reintegration tracking mechanism for vulnerable undocumented returnees in the high-return provinces of Kabul, Nangarhar, Herat, Nimroz, Khost and Paktika. Japan’s contribution will also help to facilitate return of 65 highly qualified Afghans from Iran, 35% of whom are expected to be female, to work in, and transfer their skills to, public institutions in Kabul.

Japan has been strongly supporting Afghanistan’s nation-building efforts in a wide range of fields from security to economic and social development, providing assistance in various sectors including agriculture, education, health, infrastructure, rural development, and human capacity development. Cumulative Japanese assistance to Afghanistan since 2001 amounts to USD 6.131 billion.

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Friday, 25 March 2016

С каждым годом интерес к афганским товарам за рубежом растёт

Gulfood 2016 - Dubai
В ходе продовольственной выставки-ярмарки Gulfood, которая прошла в Дубае, афганские бизнесмены заключили контракты общей стоимостью 2 млн. долларов.

Афганские бизнесмены утверждают, что по следам ярмарки заключили предварительные договорённости о сделках общей стоимостью около 10 млн. долларов. С каждым годом интерес к афганским товарам за рубежом растёт, в том числе благодаря выставкам-ярмаркам, аналогичным Gulfood.

Правительство Ашрафа Гани и Абдуллы Абдуллы неоднократно выражало заинтересованность в расширении зарубежных рынков сбыта афганской сельскохозяйственной продукции и налаживании новых маршрутов экспорта.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Railway from Chabahar to Herat

Officials of the Afghan Ministry of Public Works said negotiations were underway between the Afghan, Iranian and Indian governments for the construction of a railway from Iranian Chabahar seaport to western Herat province of Afghanistan.

Президенты Туркменистана и Афганистана обсудили в телефонном разговоре реализацию проекта ТАПИ

Ашраф Гани и Гурбангулы Бердымухамедов обсудили проект ТАПИ.
20 марта 2016 Ашраф Гани позвонил своему коллеге Гурбангулы Бердымухамедову, чтобы поздравить его с праздником Навруз и прояснить ряд вопросов, связанных с двусторонним сотрудничеством. Стороны сошлись на том, что проект ТАПИ (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) крайне важен не только для обеих стран, но и для стабильности региона в целом, и обсудили возможность увеличения поставок туркменской электроэнергии в Афганистан в пять раз.

Строительство газопровода ТАПИ позволит создать не менее 12 тысяч рабочих мест. После завершения проекта Афганистан сможет получать за транзит газа через свою территорию не менее US$400 млн. в год.

The Government of Japan contributes USD 1,5 million to support Salang corridor upgrade

The Government of Japan contributes USD 1,5 million to support Salang corridor upgrade - Afghanistan's main north-south road transport route. The Embassy of Japan in Kabul said that "the relevant documents for the Preparatory Facility of Salang Tunnel Project have exchanged between Mr. Yasunari Morino, Charge d'affaires ad interim of the Embassy and Thomas Panella, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Country Director for Afghanistan".  At present, the Salang Corridor is the only route that allows the year round north-south passages of good and people across the Hindu Kush Mountain. The vast majority of goods shipped to Kabul from the north traverse the Salang Corridor. However, after more than 50 years of service the road has fallen into a state of deterioration.
"Considering the importance of rehabilitation of this corridor, which will provide safe and quick access for goods and people linking the south with the north, Japan and ADB decided to continue the Feasibility Study and Geotechnical Analysis, as well as detailed engineering study and procurement assistance,"  said at Japan Embassy in Kabul.

The Japanese contribution will be allocated to the feasibility study and  such as geotechnical analysis, as well as detailed engineering study and procurement assistance.
ADB will achieve the project preparation work in close cooperation with the Ministry of Public Works of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.