Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Intervento italiano per assistere gli afghani di ritorno dall'Iran

Il Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale ha stanziato un contributo di un milione di euro per sostenere le attività di assistenza umanitaria prestate da OIM (Organizzazione Internazionale per le Migrazioni) nelle province afghane di Herat e Nimroz, al confine con l’Iran. Negli ultimi cinque mesi oltre 285 mila profughi senza documenti sono rientrati dall’Iran, circa 150mila in più rispetto allo stesso periodo del 2017. “Molti versano in condizioni di estrema povertà e necessitano di assistenza, protezione e sostegno per la loro reintegrazione. Tra di loro vi sono persone che hanno subito abusi e i cui diritti non sono stati rispettati”, ha detto l’Ambasciatore italiano in Afghanistan, Roberto Cantone.
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Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Concerns as Kabul, Islamabad enter fresh talks

Originally published in Heart of Asia @ www.heartofasia.af - Pakistan has a long history of betrayal of commitments, especially in relations with Afghanistan. Not even rarely has Islamabad honored its promises with Kabul over almost last two decades. Not only has it not translated its words into actions, it has also acted against them. Whenever Islamabad has pledged to help Kabul in peace process, it has scuttled peace efforts; and likewise, whenever it has promised to act against Taliban, they have gained momentum and become stronger than before. Meanwhile, Pakistan built fencing topped with barbed wire on Durand Line on the pretext of preventing terrorist infiltration, but it led to a steep rise in violence in Afghanistan. Despite such a black history full of deception, Afghan government has once again resumed high-level talks with Pakistan. As part of the new round of dialogue under the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS), an Afghan delegation led by National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar visited Islamabad, where they also met the real powerhouse of Pakistan, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Jawed Bajwa, among other government officials. In a statement, the Pakistani army has said quoting Afghan NSA Atmar that Afghan side has high expectations of Pakistan, and that both sides together can assuage mutual concerns. Islamabad has not yet taken any step that can instill in Kabul hopes of success of the new negotiations. Neither has it been pressed enough to change its policy of supporting insurgents. Pakistan’s Afghan policy still seeks to back the militants and simultaneously maintain diplomatic relations with Kabul. Right now as the Kabul-Islamabad talks continue, Afghanistan is going through an unprecedented wave of violence. If Pakistani side were truly willing to make the fresh round of talks a success, it would at least stop the insurgents from intensifying attacks against Afghan government. As in the past, this time, too, Pakistan seems to be pursuing to buy time under the guise of peace talks to allow the Taliban to further push Afghan government to the verge of collapse. The best option for Afghan government is to link any further senior-level interaction with Pakistan to actions rather than words. A timetable should be set for implementation of commitments being made under the framework of bilateral dialogue. In case of Pakistan’s unwillingness or failure to honor the promises, the continuation of such negotiations is not only pointless but also puts the government off its war management.
>>> READ ORIGINAL ARTICLE @ HeartOfAsia.af

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Monday, 28 May 2018

Orzala, the flagship company of the Afghan perfume industry

Afghan company Orzala recently started exporting essential oil made from orange blossoms and rose petals for the foreign perfume industry.  
The company extracts one liter of essential oil from about one ton of flowers and exports the oil mainly to Canada. The Orzala company makes perfume from orange, rose and other flowers. The company is selling damascene and orange blossom water to 'The 7 Virtue' company and then they are sold in different stores of the French chain of cosmetic stores Sephora.

The perfume of Orzala company has a good market in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as well.

Global Witness report on talc may have been orchestrated by potentates who find fertile ground for their business in a destabilized Afghanistan

Nangarhar talc factories reject Global Witness report

The Talc Mining Society in eastern Nangarhar province has rejected reports that alleged militant groups are paid money to let the mineral exploited, but admitted some people working in the talc mining might have been extorted by the rebels. The society’s reaction comes in response to a report by Global Witness, an international NGO that works to break the links between natural resource exploitation, conflict, poverty, corruption, and human rights abuses worldwide. The Global Witness report said Islamic State or Daesh, the Taliban and corrupt powerbrokers in Afghanistan were making hundreds of thousands of dollars from illegal and abusive mining of talc, almost 80 percent of which is ending up in the United States and Europe. Earnings from illegal talc mining is funding insurgent activities and fueling corruption, undermining the chances of the war-shattered country to ever see stability, warned the report by Global Witness advocacy group.
Talc is common ingredient found in baby powder, cosmetics, paint, paper and plastics.
Addressing reporters in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar, Haji Wali Khan Khogyani, head of the Talc Mining and Processing Factories Union, strongly rejected the report.
He said talc in Nangarhar was being extracted based on contracts with the government. Flanked by the provincial Mining and Petroleum Department head, Khogyani said the Global Witness report was aimed at creating problems for the mining sector and to bring the industry to a halt in Afghanistan. He termed the allegation that ....... >>> READ FULL ARTICLE by Yousaf Zarifi - Pajhwok Afghan News @ https://www.pajhwok.com/en/2018/05/27/nangarhar-talc-factories-reject-global-witness-report

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Sunday, 27 May 2018

151st meeting of the Afghanistan National Procurement Commission (NPC)

The 151st meeting of the National Procurement Commission (NPC) presided by H.E Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, was held on Saturday afternoon, May 26th, 2018 at the Presidential Palace.
At the beginning of the meeting, Ahmed Bilal Qarizadah, Director of the National Procurement Commission Secretariat (NPCS) and the designated Head of the Committee for the contracts of residence, food and land transportation for the Afghan Pilgrims in Saudi Arabia along with members of the committee, presented his report to the NPC about the contracts procured for better facilities for the Afghan Pilgrims via tendering more reasonable Mr. Qarizadah informed that unlike the past years, the contracts for the residence, food and land transportation for Afghan Pilgrims have been undertaken based on standard procedural documents this year with consideration of better quality and reasonable prices. He also added that this year, during the Hajj rituals, better residences, favorable food and better land transportation for the Hajjis have been allocated.
Mr. Qarizadah added that about $ 1.6 million have been saved in these contracts compared to costs and prices incurred last year on the same contracts., not to mention that tax has been increased in Saudi Arabia. The committee members have made specific suggestions and recommendations in their report for further betterment of Hajj services in the coming years as well.
H.E. the President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan expressed his gratitude for the effective measures taken by the committee and emphasized on proper monitoring of service provision during the rituals of the Hajj,. His Excellency also approved the committee's recommendation to be considered.
Subsequently, the NPC reviewed the projects on the agenda, which resulted in approval of the 4 contracts worth more than 15.4 million USD. These contracts include added resources in the citizen charter program in Takhar and Badakhshan provinces, firefighting equipment and accessories required by Emergency Department of the Ministry of Defense and the cost increase modification of Armalek to Lamaan road and the animal husbandry development project of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL).
In addition, the NPC approved the time extension for the phase II construction of the Kabul-Logar road, the Kandahar airport`s road, and the procurement of chair and table for school students in 13 provinces of Afghanistan.
However, the NPC rejected the award of the contract of Shorabah dam in Sar-e-Pol province to the proposed Russian company, and decided to re-open the bidding process through restricted tendering method among other credible international companies. It should be noted that regarding the construction of building of Herat Medical University, the NPC decided that since these projects have not been completed for many years, the re-bidding process must be reinitiated as soon as possible.
Finally, the NPC reviewed the proposal of the Ministry of Defense regarding the military vehicle’s equipment, tire and trailer equipment, and decide that a committee from of the Ministries of Economy, Finance, Attorney General Office and National Procurement Authority (NPA), are assigned to assess the goods, costs, and the budget in the light of the NPC’s instructions.
In this meeting, H.E Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, H.E. Mohammad Sarwar Danish, the Second Vice President, Ministers of Finance, Economy and Acting Minister of Justice, officials of the National Procurement Authority (NPA), national and international observers including the Parliamentary Anti-Corruption Caucus (PACC), Integrity Watch Afghanistan(IWA), the Finance, Budget and National Economy Commissions of the Lower House (Wolesi Jirga), and the Combined Security Transition Command for Afghanistan- CSTCA of the Resolute Support, had also participated.
>>> READ minutes of the 151st meeting of NPC @ https://www.facebook.com/NationalProcurementAuthority/posts/1722487067837281

Afghanistan, WTO and International Trade Programme


Learn how Afghan trade officials and business representatives are expanding their skills to foster trade-led growth in the country, through a training programme that is part of the Advancing Afghan Trade project implemented by ITC and funded by the European Union.

From Machiavelli to Global Witness and the untouchables Western importers of Afghan talc illegally exported to Pakistan


The latest report by Global Witness is going to kill the business of those investors committed to legal and professional extraction of Afghan talc, while criminal groups continue to illegally export it to Pakistan, from where it is mainly shipped to the US.

Read the Global Witness report here: https://www.globalwitness.org/AFghanTalc

Saturday, 26 May 2018

OPEN LETTER to the Youth of Afghanistan

Dear Youth of Afghanistan,
I only humbly say, it is not my place to give advice, nor it is to direct one in a certain path but more of a statement: As an Afghan, it bothers me to see highly educated youth pursuing anything other than peace. The promotion of hate is wrong, especially if we hope to see our homeland rise anew and prosper. I simply have made an observation that has affected my environment, and perhaps in the most toxic way. The new Afghan generation, of which I am a part, can end this lingering toxicity.
We are the generation capable and qualified to imprint, educate and transform the course of Afghan history—and we outnumber the generation that came before us. We must carry the torch of unity, not division; of hope, not cynicism; and of peace, not violence. Peace is risky, yes; what do we have to lose?
New nations are built on unity, which we need in order to put forth and implement novel ideas. This requires tolerance and all-embracing compassion. The momentum of change, however, can be destructive when wayward elements of our generation take up arms in the name of one or another ethnic distinction.
As Afghans, we take pride in our deepest of roots, as we should, but when does our Afghan heritage become deep enough to protect? When will we Afghans become one tribe? Our land is spilled with the blood of our people—the consequence of war, occupation, and natural disasters. These national travesties did not discriminate according to ethnicity but were felt by all of us.
Let us cast aside the longstanding religious and tribal differences of our forefathers. Bury them for the betterment of our country. Unity is perhaps the one thing that Afghanistan’s history can teach us precisely because division—and destruction, and death—has been the cornerstone of our national narrative. I for one, as a member of our new generation, pledge to embrace the other Afghan story: our land’s diversity and perseverance.
Our national Afghan consciousness can renew our hope and potential, rather than our age-old violence and vendettas, stubborn histories and ethnic stigma.
We cannot achieve this task if we are at each other’s throats. Let us shake hands, rather than shake our heads at the ethnicity of our neighbor. We can abolish the lethal hatred that pollutes Afghanistan like a black bloody cloud lingering above every province. Our young, vibrant minds can transcend the past and articulate a clear vision for the future.
Sincerely,
Elaha Rahmani

Elaha Rahmani is a M.S. Candidate at New York University, Center for Global Affairs, concentration on Transnational Security, with a regional focus on Central Asia and Russia. Elaha's professional background includes working at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, and on a number of developmental projects in the Afghan Capital Kabul.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

The new US strategy on Afghanistan is a TOTAL DISASTER: Experts

The new US strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia not only has failed to improve the stability and security of Afghanistan, but also aggravated the security situation, say military experts and members of Wolesi Jirga, describing it worse compared to that of former President Barack Obama.

According to them, the time has come for the United States to revisit its Afghan strategy and pursue the political settlement of Afghan conflict, because it cannot accomplish the goal through the use of force. This comes as the National Unity Government had lauded the new US strategy even before it was unveiled, and continues to commend it in different gatherings. Characterizing Trump’s strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia as largely  ambiguous, Gen. Atiqullah Amarkhail, a military expert, told The Heart of Asia: “I think Afghan government may still be blissfully ignorant of all the details of the strategy, as well as its pros and cons to Afghanistan.” Amarkhail asserts that ramping up military pressure on Taliban and other terror groups to drag them to the negotiating table by weakening them on the battlefield was a central part of the new policy, but it has backfired, with insurgents becoming ever stronger, and even being able to storm provincial centers such as the city of western Farah province. Another key element of the strategy was that the United States will not set a timetable for withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, a shift that, according to him, reinforced the pretext of militants to prolong the war.
Ramazan Bashardost, a member of Wolesi Jirga, stresses that the past couple of months show that President Donald Trump’s strategy for Afghanistan has failed, fueling insecurity across the country. “With several months passed since its announcement, the strategy should have yielded some results. But no one can bring an example of what it has achieved, so that is why it is unsuccessful,” Bashardost told The Heart of Asia. America’s indifference towards the recent wave of security incidents, fall of districts and provincial centers, massive explosions, and the gains made by rebels as Bashardost puts it, the consequences of the new American strategy Afghan people are suffering. Claiming that Afghan government now doesn’t have an answer to the nation because it blindly welcomed the strategy, says Yameen Barakzai, a political expert, adding that Americans and other foreigners are now just watching the game, and have no sense of respons.........  >>> read full article @ HeartOfAsia.af

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Indonesian embassy officials in Kabul said their country is willing to provide technical assistance to Afghan banks as the country develops its Islamic banking sector

Sam Aryadi, Indonesia’s acting ambassador and head of their public and socio-cultural affairs department, told TOLOnews in an interview that Indonesia is trying to expand relations between Afghan and Indonesian banks.
“I think we can cooperate in that matter, we learned that some of Afghanistan’s banks have connections with the Indonesian banking industry and they have already held talks and made some commitments; as you know a trade delegation from Afghanistan went to Indonesia, including members of the banking industry; I think it will bring a beneficial result in the years to come,” said Aryadi.
Some economists meanwhile asked government to create the basis for joint ventures with Indonesia in order to promote Islamic banking in Afghanistan.
Economists said considering the capabilities of Indonesia and Malaysia, in terms of global Islamic banking, the assistance of these counties was vital in the development of Afghanistan’s Islamic banking sector.
“If the National Unity Government promotes Islamic banking in the country and with joint investments with Indonesia in this sector provides the ground for the establishment of joint Islamic banks in the country, this can improve the banking system of the country,” said Sayed Masoud a university lecturer.
Economic experts said that by expanding standard Islamic banking services in the country, a large number of Afghans will invest in various sectors.

>>> READ ARTICLE @ http://www.heartofasia.af/index.php/economy/item/6564-indonesia-to-help-afghanistan-in-islamic-banking

Afghan Ministry of Transport to build standard facilities for long-distance trucks carrying goods between countries in the region

Monday, 21 May 2018

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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Afghanistan National Procurement Commission (NPC) approved 7 contracts worth USD 13.7 million

Kabul: The 150th meeting of the National Procurement Commission (NPC) presided by H.E Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, was held on Sunday morning, May 20th, 2018 at Presidential Palace.
At the beginning of the meeting Dip. Engineer Alham Omar Hotaki, the CEO of the National Procurement Authority (NPA), referred to the recent Anti-Corruption Report released by UNAMA in which improvements in transparency of public contracts due to increased oversight by NPC and NPA has been reflected and he thanked H.Es. the President, the CEO, the Second Vice President and the rest of NPC members for their will and support for the procurement reform and curbing corruption.

Afterwards, the NPC reviewed the contracts on the agenda that resulted in approval of 7 contracts worth 13.7 million USD, as follows:

- The contract for Maimana water supply network`s project in Faryab Province.
- The contract for construction of Part II of irrigation system of Falahat farm in Herat province.
- The contract for consultancy services of the monitoring and implementation of the Five Amo river zone project.
- The contract for river consolidation of Shulgara in Shulgara district of Balkh province.
- The contract for salary payroll via mobile money for Kandahar province related to Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT).
- The contract of procurement of two types of fuel required by the Chief Executive Office.
- The contract for procurement of wood required by the MoI

In addition, the NPC approved the time extension for the consultancy service contract of the Kabul-Jalalabad road, the Separi to Sorkhrod section, the construction works of the Guards Tower of the 203rd Thunder military corps, and the Marshall Fahim Defense University area, and the time extension of the contract for stationary related to the Ministry of the Interior Affairs.

His Excellency, the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, while approving the Maimana water supply network and consultancy service of Separi to Sorkhrod road emphasized on the need for the effective monitoring of the two projects by the related organizations.

On the other hand, the proposed contract for the maintenance of Kandahar International Airport was rejected by the NPC and the bidding company which had withdrawn from the bids for no valid reasons was referred to the debarment process. The NPC decided that a new procurement process be initiated through a restricted tendering method, pointing out that in future as well such unjustified withdrawals would result in the debarment of the bidders due to losses incurred to the government.
Meanwhile, the contract for the production of 40 megawatts of solar power in e Hesar Shahi area of Nangarhar province, the contract for the physical security of the central and provincial offices of New Kabul Bank and the reconstruction of the Rashidan road in Ghazni province were returned for further reviews.

At the end of the NPC meeting, the NPA proposed procedure the emergency procurement of MoI was approved in principle and the document was referred to Ministries of Finance and Economy for their review and comments.

In this meeting, H.E Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, H.E the second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish, Ministers of Finance, Economy and the Acting Minister of Justice, the officials of National Procurement Authority, the national and international observers including the Parliamentary Anti-Corruption Caucus (PACC), the Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA), the Finance, Budget and National Economy Commissions of the Lower House (Wolasi Jirga),the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), and Combined Security Transition Command (CSTC-A) of the Resolute Support had also participated.

>>> SOURCE: NPA page on Facebook

The U.S. shows crocodile tears whenever it promises to help the Afghan economy, but instead shows the hyena smile by sanctioning the largest trading partner of Afghanistan

Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) said the trade volume between Iran and Afghanistan is increasing, but US sanctions on Tehran will affect trade relations between our countries. Iran is the biggest trade partner of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Afghan traders are interested in increasing trade volume with Iran and with India through Iran. “This is worrying. We do not know on which sectors the sanctions will be imposed. We have shared our concerns with the US embassy’s economic department in Kabul, but they have no knowledge about it,” said ACCI.
This comes after the United States pulled out of Iran’s nuclear deal and threatened the economy of Iran with new sanctions.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Afghan insurance companies criticized the Government of Afghanistan for not having come up with a comprehensive insurance policy

Owners of insurance companies criticized the Afghan government for not having come up with a comprehensive insurance policy in the past 17 years. They said government’s revenue from insurance has been extremely low despite good possibilities. According to these companies, annually millions of dollars flows out of Afghanistan due to the absence of insurance services in the country. They asked government to establish an independent insurance service promotion department to promote insurance facilities.The constant delay over the approval of an insurance law and irregularities in the insurance sector by government has forced people to turn to foreign firms, claimed the insurance companies. “Government needs to provide standard insurance facilities. Currently government is competing with the private sector while the monitoring of jobs of the companies is very weak and also the insurance law has not been approved so far,” said Naweedullah Gulzada, owner of a local insurance company. But, the finance ministry insists that it is trying to seek cooperation of other countries regarding the promotion and development of insurance services in Afghanistan. “We are using all resources to promote insurance facilities in the country, we are trying to seek the experiences of other countries in this respect,” said finance ministry spokesman. Currently, one state run and three private insurance companies are operating in Afghanistan.
>>> READ ORIGINAL ARTICLE @ HeartOfAsia.af

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Afghanistan High Economic Council has awarded a license to a Turkish airline company to operate in the country

The High Economic Council led by President Ashraf Ghani has awarded a license to a Turkish airline company, Atlasglobal , to operate in Afghanistan.
The Turkish company has world-level credit and its presence in Afghanistan’s aviation market will help reduce flight costs and will create healthy competition among airline companies in the country. Two Turkish companies and two local airlines will have flights to Turkey. Established in 2001, Atlasglobal, known as Atlasjet until 31 March 2015, is a Turkish airline headquartered in Istanbul, which operates scheduled domestic and international passenger services as well as charter flights, mostly out of its base at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Wishing all Muslims and all my friends and colleagues a Ramadan Mubarak!

May this Ramadan enlighten you and clear your understanding and judgment between the right and wrong, between the truths and false.

Afghanistan National Procurement Commission (NPC) approved 9 contracts worth USD 13.1 million

Kabul: The 149th meeting of the National Procurement Commission (NPC) presided by H.E Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, was held on Sunday evening, May 13th, 2018 at Presidential Palace.
At the beginning of the meeting Dipl. Engineer Alham Omar Hotaki, the CEO of the National Procurement Authority (NPA), presented the report of the participation of the NPA delegation and the Administrative Review Committee at the 5-day workshop on Government Procurement Agreement which was organized by the Department of Commerce of USA, the World Trade Organization and the European Development Bank to H.E. the President and the NPC members.

Afterwards, the NPC reviewed the requests for 9 new contracts that resulted in approval of all contracts worth 13.1 million USD, as the following projects:

- The contract for feasibility studies of the Andkhoi irrigation canal of Faryab province related to Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock
- The contract for 144 types of oil and filters required by Kabul Municipality
- The contract for procurement of 6 food items (grains) required by Senior Government Officials Protection Unit related to Administrative office of the President.
- The contract for development of Fiber Optic Network (DWDM)
- The contract for capacity building of GSM system of Afghan Telecom
- The contract for the procurement of additional equipment for Salam Network of Afghan Telecom
- The contract for capacity building of GSM system of Salam Network
- The contract of 38 items of raw materials for Sukok printing press related to the Ministry of Finance
- The contract for renting the building for central office of New Kabul Bank related to Ministry of Finance

It should be mentioned that the projects of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology were approved conditional to tax clearance of by the bidders.
In addition, the request for modification of the contract (time extension and price reduction) of the consultancy services for establishment of National Procurement Institute related to NPA was also approved by the NPC.
At this meeting of NPC, the request for time extension of the contract for ring road construction project in Mehterrlam Baba in Laghman province was also approved by the NPC.
Meanwhile, the request for modification of the contract (time extension for completing the construction of Kabul-Jalalabad road “De scoped Section”) was also approved by the NPC.

His Excellency, the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, instructed the Ministry of Public Works to initiate the bidding process of the remaining sections of the Kabul-Jalalabad road. Meanwhile instructed the Ministry of Finance to finalize the grant agreement with the donor of this project (ADB).
However, the request of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology for approval of the Consultancy Services for Real Time Data Management System (RTDMS) was rejected by NPC and the decision was made to rebid this project among the four bidders that had participated earlier in this project.
It worth mentioning that the bidding process of this project was reviewed by the experts from CSTC-A and they also had suggested for restricted rebid of this project in order to gain value for money with a revised cost estimation.

In this meeting, H.E Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, H.E the second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish, the acting ministers of Economy, Finance and Justice, the officials of National Procurement Authority, the national and international observers including the Parliamentary Anti-Corruption Caucus (PACC), the Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA), the Finance, Budget and National Economy Commissions of the Lower House (Wolasi Jirga),the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), and Combined Security Transition Command (CSTC-A) of the Resolute Support had also participated.

>>> SOURCE: Afghanistan NPA on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/NationalProcurementAuthority/posts/1709716345781020

Afghanistan: Unless water resources are managed properly, settlements in some areas in the country will in future not be possible

Afghan Government warned that settlements in some regions of the country will not be possible in future if action is not taken to safeguard the country’s water resources.

Officials of the Afghan Government said that although the ministry of water and energy and other relevant institutions have launched a number of programs to tackle the issue there is still a need for collective efforts of all institutions and the people to overcome the challenge.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Afghan Ministry of Commerce signed an agreement with Pakistan to resolve problems facing transit and trade between the two countries

The Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries said an agreement has been signed between Afghan and Pakistani officials to resolve some problems facing transit and trade between the two countries. Pakistani officials have agreed to reduce tariffs on Afghan fruit and vegetables and will allow the export of Afghan cotton to Pakistan, said the Ministry of Commerce and Industries of Afghanistan. The agreement was made at a meeting between Afghan and Pakistani officials in Islamabad last week. It was also agreed to lift limitations and conditions on quarantine certificates for Afghan goods which are being exported to Pakistan.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

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Peace meeting in Jakarta: the People of Afghanistan hope that all sides, from the United States to the regional powers, will politically support the peace efforts initiated by Indonesia, or else they can also end up in failure

A conference is due to be held on Afghan peace Friday [11 May 2018] in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. A delegation of Afghan scholars left the country for Jakarta on Tuesday to attend the meeting that will also host Pakistani and Indonesian Ulema. The Jakarta peace conference is important from several aspects. Indonesia has historically remained neutral in Afghan conflict, neither has it been accused of favoring any side to the conflict, nor were its ties with Kabul very noticeable until Indonesian President Joko Widodo paid a visit to Afghanistan early this year. It was the first visit of an Indonesian leader to Afghanistan since 1961. Moreover, as a key side to the Afghan conflict, Islamabad also does not have very strong relations with Jakarta that can prompt Kabul to feel suspicious of the intentions of Indonesia, so that is why it can serve as a favorable, impartial mediator in the Afghan problem. On the other hand, Indonesia has the experience of the peaceful settlement of its own conflict. The country suffered for years from a conflict more or less like the one currently ongoing in Afghanistan. However, it managed to find a peaceful and political solution to the violence. Jusuf Kalla, the vice-president of the incumbent president of Indonesia, was one of those who took peace talks with separatists to success. President Widodo might have counted more on Kalla’s mastery for coming forward to play a role in the settlement of Afghan conflict, as he has enough experience of peace talks. The assumption of a mediating role by Indonesia is a promising step because it is a stable country and, at the same time, home to the largest Muslim population in the world. Indonesian Islamic scholars have carved out a special reputation in the Islamic world and among Muslims because of their peace-loving nature. If Afghanistan and Pakistan clone the experience of Indonesia, and make genuine efforts, they can find a peaceful solution to the Afghan conflict, as well. However, a key factor here is the support of other sides involved in the conflict. All sides, from the United States to the regional powers, should politically support the peace efforts initiated by Indonesia, or else they can also end up in failure.
>>> READ ORIGINAL ARTICLE @ HeartOfAsia.af

Monday, 7 May 2018

Afghanistan National Procurement Commission (NPC) approves 21 contracts worth USD 41.7 million

The 148th meeting of the National Procurement Commission (NPC) presided by H.E Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, was held on Sunday evening, May 6, 2018 at Presidential Palace. At this meeting 26 contracts were reviewed, that resulted in approval of 21 contracts worth 41.7 million USD, as the following projects:

- The contract for the procurement of two types of fuel (Diesel and Petrol) required by Attorney General's Office for 2018 fiscal year.
- The contract for the maintenance of fiber optic network of Kandahar-Herat route related to the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT).
- The contract for flattening out and landscape of Kabul Administrative Complex related to the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (MUDH).
- The contract for the construction of education faculty building of Ghor province related to the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (MUDH).
- The contract for the construction of a transmission and distribution network for industrial park – the agricultural zone of Barikaab, related to the Capital Region Independent Development Authority (CRIDA).
- The contract for the reconstruction of the first phase of the Enjil canal of the Enjil district of Herat province related to the Ministry of Energy and Water (MoEW)
- The contract for procurement of diesel fuel for generators required by Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) of Kandahar province including of the first and second phase.
- The contract for procurement of two types of fuel (Diesel and Petrol) required by the head office of the central workshops of Ministry of Public Health in two lots.
- The contract for procurement of 13 food items (grains) of cereal required by the military units and components of the Directorate for protection of governmental projects, enterprise and protection unit of Qaisar-Laman ring road for the FY 2018-2019 including of three lots based on framework contract related to Ministry of Interior (MoI).
- The contract for procurement of 15 types of the cereal required by the general directorate of logistics, for FY 2018-2019, the sixth lot related to the Ministry of Interior (MoI).
- The contract for the procurement of two types of fuel required for generators of Afghan Public Protection Force (APPF) related to Ministry of Interior(MoI).
- The contract for the construction of second part of Baad Pakh road of Laghman province with 21+160 km related to Ministry of Public Works (MoPW).

Furthermore, the approval request for amendment (The name correction for the Norgram district) in the consultancy services contract (Recruitment of partner organizations) to assist in the implementation of the citizen charter program in the provinces of (Nuristan, Kunar, and Laghman) related to the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitations and Development(MRRD) was also approved by the NPC.
While discussing about the contract for flattening out and landscape of Kabul Administrative Complex related to Ministry of Urban Development and Housing. (MUDH), the contract was awarded for the first bidder by NPC and H.E the President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan instructed the economic advisor office to review the enterprises and share the report with the NPC.
Meanwhile the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) request for design and construction of 5.5 Megawatts solar power project in Daikondi province was also approved by the NPC.
The NPC approved the proposal of the Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of the Constitution (ICOIC) regarding; renting the buildings required by the different departments of the commission.
In addition, the request of the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing regarding the project of the 1400 apartments in the first phase, located in the Darulaman area in Kabul was approved by the NPC.
On the other hand, the request for the 0.4/20 KV time extension distributive network project with cost extension in Kunduz and Baghlan was discussed at NPC session and H.E the President emphasized that the people of the mentioned provinces need to have electricity. This project was approved in condition of the review that how this network was burned and there should be a proper schedule for implementation of the project.
But NPC did not approve the contract for construction of the 17 KM road beyond Kokcha of Khwja Ghar district to Dasht Ghala district of Takhar Province and the contract for the construction of the 7 KM Kabul-Logar road (From Tangetel Logar to Chehl Dokhtaran) and the contract for road construction project in Najrab district of Kapisa province, including of four lots (Kharej Darah, Kala Hoot, Ghacholan and Jorghal), with 15+562.87 KM long related to the Ministry of Public Works(MOPW). The NPC members emphasized that these projects are very important and the process of these contracts should be dismissed and the MoPW should come up with the second option to the NPC.
Meanwhile the contract for procurement of 11 types of (grains) and food stuff required by Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and the contract for feasibility studies of the Andkhoi irrigation canal of Faryab province related to Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) was not approved due to some technical problems in the contracts. The ministries were requested to solve these problems and the project should be presented in the upcoming NPC session.
The assigned committee presented their report about the completion of the project and concrete barrier removal and armored stands required for security check points of the Attorney General's Office related to the Ministry of the Interior(MoI) and after the presentation the project was approved by the NPC.
The request for procurement of two types of meat for the General Directorate of Logistics and procurement of two types of fuel required by General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Centers of Ministry of Interior was also discussed at NPC and was approved. H.E the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan instructed the MoI and NPA officials to review these contracts and come up with a proper plan and report to the NPC.
While discussing the MoI contracts, H.E the President emphasized that sluggish and not providing proper food based on contracts to the Afghan National Police is not acceptable and the MoI officials were assigned to review all their contractor regularly and shared the report bi-monthly with the H.E President Office.
The NPC rejected the request for temporary amendment of the contract rules for the procurement of 4 types of meat for military units of components of the Afghanistan National Army (The modification of chicken meat to beef in accordance with the presented prices in FY 2018) due to spread of Avian Influenza. The report of the officials of the MAIL and MoPH was presented to the NPC and according to their report there was not serious issue with the chicken meat, so the MoD can use the chicken in their menu.
The NPC members discussed about the request for extension of the Sayed Jamluddin Afghan Teacher Training College complex related to Ministry of Education. Meanwhile the assigned committee for reviewing of this project presented their report and after that the request was approved by the NPC.

In this meeting, H.E the second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish, the Minister of Economy, acting Ministers of Finance and Justice, the officials of National Procurement Authority, the national and international observers including the Parliamentary Anti-Corruption Caucus (PACC), the Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA), the Finance, Budget and National Economy Commissions of the Lower House (Wolasi Jirga),the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), and Combined Security Transition Command (CSTC-A) of the Resolute Support had also participated.
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Afghanistan: Italy contributes 3,000,000 euros to support Returnees and Internal Displaced People (IDPs)

Italy allocated 3 million euros to support Afghan refugees, returnees and internal displaced people, through a humanitarian contribution to UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund). Thanks to this contribution, more than 100,000 refugees and displaced people will be assisted, with particular attention to the vulnerable population: women, children and elders. The program implemented by UNHCR (two million euros) has a duration of one year and aims at facilitating the voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan and Iran, support peaceful co-existence between host communities and registered refugee returnees to make reintegration more sustainable, and strengthen services for the vulnerable people. The contribution to UNFPA (one million euros) wants to protect Afghan women returning from the neighboring countries, with a specific focus on the provinces of Nimroz, Herat and Kandahar. Part of this contribution will be used to build new structures and services on the border with Pakistan, at the transit point of Spin Boldak (Kandahar). According to the UN agencies, over 600,000 Afghans have returned from Iran and Pakistan in the last year and the number of returns will continue to increase in the coming months and will therefore put under pressure the essential services. In particular, it is estimated that in 2018 more than 700,000 people will come from Pakistan, 300,000 from Iran and 10,000 from Turkey. Political and security instability is also increasing the number of internally displaced people (IDPs). Data from the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) report that, during the first four months of 2018, more than 80,000 Afghans left their houses because of the conflict.
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Afghanistan: dall'Italia 3 milioni di euro per rifugiati e sfollati interni

Tre milioni di euro per i programmi di assistenza a sostegno di profughi e sfollati afghani. Li ha stanziati l’Italia, per il tramite della Cooperazione allo sviluppo, attraverso un contributo umanitario a Unhcr (Alto commissariato delle Nazioni Unite per i rifugiati) e Unfpa (Fondo delle Nazioni Unite per la popolazione). Grazie ai contributi in questione, saranno assistiti più di centomila rifugiati e sfollati, con particolare attenzione alle fasce più deboli della popolazione: donne, bambini e anziani.
Il programma implementato da UNHCR (due milioni di euro) ha la durata di un anno e mira a facilitare il rimpatrio volontario di rifugiati afghani dal Pakistan e dall’Iran, sostenere la coesistenza pacifica tra le comunità ospitanti e i rifugiati rimpatriati per rendere l’integrazione più sostenibile, rafforzare i servizi per le persone più bisognose. Con il contributo a Unfpa (un milione di euro) si intende invece tutelare, in particolar modo, le donne afghane che rientrano dai Paesi vicini, con focus specifico sulle province di Nimroz, Herat e Kandahar.
Parte del contributo sarà utilizzato per realizzare nuove strutture e servizi al confine con il Pakistan, presso il punto di transito di Spin Boldak (Kandahar).
Secondo i dati delle agenzie Onu, nell'ultimo anno oltre 600mila afghani sono ritornati dall'Iran e dal Pakistan e si prevede che nei prossimi mesi il numero dei rientri continuerà ad aumentare, mettendo ulteriore pressione sui servizi essenziali. In particolare, si stima che nel corso del 2018 più di 700mila persone rientreranno dal Pakistan, 300mila dall’Iran e 10mila dalla Turchia. L’instabilità politica e di sicurezza sta facendo aumentare anche il numero degli sfollati interni (IDPs - Internally displaced persons). Dati dell’Ufficio delle Nazioni Unite per gli affari umanitari (Ocha) riferiscono che, nei primi quattro mesi del 2018, piu’ di 80mila afghani hanno lasciato la propria casa a causa del conflitto.
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Sunday, 6 May 2018

First mobile coffee shop company in Afghanistan expands in the country

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Saturday, 5 May 2018

Afghan government to dissolve all fake transport companies

The Ministry of Transport of Afghanistan reported that it plans to carry out a registration and evaluation review of all transport companies operating in the country. Based on information provided by the transport ministry, a number of individuals have applied for transport licenses despite not having vehicles. The ministry said this points towards misuse of licenses. “To combat corruption and to provide more facilities to the citizens, we have decided to dissolve all fake transport companies. We will establish companies with the necessary standards and necessary equipment,” said spokesman for the ministry. These fake licenses will be cancelled once our assessments are wrapped up, said the ministry. But officials from the transport union have said that the fake companies had been established with the support of lawbreakers who are involved in extortion. They claim these companies coordinate with certain people who have restaurants and terminals along the Kabul-Herat highway and charge travelers double the price for transport. “Restaurants ask 400 Afghanis (around 5 euros) in exchange for one ticket, but they pay us only 200 Afghanis,” said a bus driver who travels the Kabul-Herat highway. “The transport of travelers should not be determined by restaurant owners, who pay money to fake companies to make their demands. Whenever we criticize them, powerful elements come out in their support,” said a member of the transport union. “47 companies operate in the west of Afghanistan and are based in the capital Kabul, but only 7 of these companies are real, 40 other companies are fake,” said the managing director of a private transport company.

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Thursday, 3 May 2018

The World Bank welcomes recommendations in the latest report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)

The World Bank welcomes recommendations in the latest report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) on the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF). It presents the Afghan Government, ARTF donors and the World Bank with useful insights and an opportunity to strengthen the focus on the fund’s results and accountability. Most of the findings, however, are somewhat anecdotal, and do not fully take into account measures taken to improve the reporting on how funds are used. The World Bank takes the quality of project results framework seriously, while also approaching them with pragmatism based on professional judgment, and several other tools relevant to the circumstances of each projects throughout their implementation life cycle. Independent assessments conclude that in Afghanistan’s volatile context, the ARTF is a vehicle of choice for pooled on-budget funding given its low transaction and management costs, transparency and accountability. It provides a well-functioning arena for policy debate and consensus creation between the international community and government of Afghanistan while delivering important results to millions of Afghans across the country. “We are proud of the tangible results Afghanistan has achieved with the support of ARTF for Afghans in the past 15 years and continues to deliver, which include improving and expanding access to healthcare and education, developing rural infrastructure, and improving farmers’ crops and incomes.”
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AFGHANISTAN - The need to discuss major factors of attacks on media

Written by Heart of Asia http://www.heartofasia.af/index.php/editorial/item/6457-the-need-to-discuss-major-factors-of-attacks-on-media
A third black day was also recorded in the month of Saur (April) in Afghan history. Ten journalists, who are the voice of the war-stricken, voiceless nation, were killed on a single day in the struggle for freedom of expression in Kabul and Khost provinces. Freedom of speech and journalists are a target for all the belligerent sides in the country. The United States considers them a barrier to its long-term schemes, the government mafia hates them because of exposing their corruption, and the insurgents are hostile to them because of reflecting the voices against the killing of innocent humans. The only supporter of media and freedom of expression is a nation that has been very debilitated by decades of inhuman wars that it now cannot defend itself, let alone protect others.
Media, free press, and free speech, which are the main achievement of the recent nearly two decades, play a crucial role in enlightening public opinion. It is the media that inform the masses of the “dirty games” the powerful countries are seeking to play in Afghanistan to accomplish their hidden agendas, as well as of the dangers threatening their future. It is the media that help the bereaved people of Afghanistan recognize their friend and foe.
Taking into account their significance, the media outlets are of course a target for all sides that are seeking to play long-term “dirty games” in Afghanistan, especially the United States. The media can open people’s eyes to these conspiracies, and mobilize them to stand against them, something the warmongers are most scared of. The warmongers want to “keep people in dark and ignorance” as much as possible, because it together with other intimidation tactics are a precondition for them to achieve their goals. “They are thieves, and therefore theft is not easy in broad daylight.”
There is no doubt the government is to blame for failing to provide security for media outlets and media employees, yet there needs to be discussions about the root causes of the problem. The more we view such important issues superficially, the more the room for foreign conspiracies, which inevitably results in the continuation of war. By realizing depth of the problem, both the Afghan government and people should try to eliminate the causes that have erupted and prolonged the war.

Asian Development Bank (ADB) says that adopting joint investment policies is crucial for developing countries including Afghanistan

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is encouraging joint investment in developing countries including Afghanistan, saying that such projects will be implemented efficiently.  Addressing a session on the sidelines of the ADB annual meeting in Manila, Philippines, on Wednesday 2 May 2018, ADB officials said that the implementation of a joint investment policy is important for attracting investment and building infrastructure in developing countries including the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Participants at the meeting said that the Philippines was a leading country in implementing its joint investment policy between government and the private sector. Bringing in the private sector is a way to help fund projects, and also sometimes the private sector can do it much faster, it is more efficient and sometimes they do it a bit more cost effectively,” said Kelly Bird the country director of ADB in the Philippines.

The first-ever Italian having registered an individual company in Afghanistan

The first-ever Italian having registered an individual company in Afghanistan
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