28 April 2017

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Kabul (BNA) Presided over by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the national procurement commission’s session was held Sunday evening in which five contracts worth 5.5 billion AFG were approved.

Contract for providing fuel to chief executive and general attorney offices, feasibility study and master plan for development central and trading areas in 1st PD of Kabul city relating to Capital Region Independent Development Authority (CRIDA), Kunduz and Takhar’s Archi and Shahrawan canals reconstruction project relating to ministry of water and energy and required foodstuffs contract for directorates of orphanages and kindergartens relating to ministry of labor, social affairs, martyrs and disabled.  National procurement commission rejected construction project of Asan Khedmat Authority’s building relating to ministry of finance and it was decided that the project should be put for bidding again.

In the session, related project to CRIDA was discussed and was approved by the commission for significance of the project.

After overall discussions in connection with project of ministry of water and energy, it was decided that the previous contractor who was committed to violation should soon be introduced to national procurement commission’s office in order to be deprived of the contract.

The session also discussed third phase of Kamal Khan dam project and asserted that work on the project was key based on current circumstances.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Based on Khan Mohammad Baz’ head of currency exchangers in Kabul, Shahzada market report the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
One Dollar                                            67/60 afgs                           
One Pound Sterling                              86 afgs                         
One Euro                                              72/90afgs                        
One Emirate’s Dirham                         18/35afgs                          
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees          634afgs                        
One Thousand Indian Rupees               1030 afgs             
One Thousand Iranian Rupees              17/90 afgs                       

Monday, April 24, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  On the sidelines of World Bank Group/ IMF spring meeting 2017 in Washington D.C, Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance had a meeting with Annette Dixon, the World Bank South Asia region Vice President and discussed civil service reform and institutional assessment to improve service delivery, PPP projects preparation and implementation in Afghanistan, energy projects such as solar power projects, reintegration of refugees and returnees and World Bank support to improving project design and implementation.
He also sought the VP’s support in making a case for greater grants to Afghanistan from IDA-18 given Afghanistan’s fragile and conflict affected context.
In another meeting with the World Bank’s Vice President Growth, Minister Hakimi discussed the importance of conditioned aid to drive not only reforms, but also to provide the government with discretionary financing for crucial development priorities. He welcomed VP’s upcoming visit to Afghanistan to engage with the government and other development partners on institutional reforms and effective aid delivery mechanisms.
Minister Hakimi also had a separate meeting with Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency’s (MIGA) Chief Operating Officer and discussed investment guarantee to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) in Afghanistan. He stressed on the importance of educating stakeholders on how MIGA guarantees work and invited them to Kabul and engages with not only government but also the private sector on MIGA guarantees.

Monday, April 24, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  The Government of Japan decided to provide JPY 400 million (equivalent to over $3.6 million) for the Economic and Social Development Program in Afghanistan, Japanese embassy said in a statement on Sunday.
According to the statement, the exchange of note for this program signed yesterday between Mitsuji Suzuka, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Afghanistan and Mr. Hekmat Kahlil Karzai, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
This contribution from the Government of Japan will enable the Government of Afghanistan to purchase the necessary items, such as fuels and other materials in order to enhance the economic and social development process in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on regular bases. These items will be sold by the Government of Afghanistan at the satisfactory price to the domestic market, the statement added.
This unique scheme requests the Government of Afghanistan to save a certain portion of the revenue in “Counterpart Fund Account” and it will utilized for development projects under the close consultation with the Embassy of Japan in Afghanistan.
In this occasion, Hekmat Kahlil Karzai thanked and appreciated the generous support of Japan to the Government and the people of Afghanistan and said:
Japan has provided support to Afghanistan in the sector of Police Reform, Counter Narcotics, Education, police training, DDR, Demining, assistance to refugees and internal displaced people, social development, vocational training, agriculture, rural development, protection and maintenance of ancient heritage of Bamyan province are the other important sectors that Japan has contributed through UNESCO with the cooperation of Tokyo National Research and Cultural Institute.
Mitsuji Suzuka, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Afghanistan said: “As friend of Afghanistan, we hope sincerely for the self- reliance and development of Afghanistan. It is important that we continue keeping a friendly relationship. We hope this Program is appropriately used effectively through human resources development, humanitarian assistance, infrastructure and technical cooperation for economic aid and further development in Afghanistan.”
Japan has been assisting Afghanistan’s nation- building efforts in various fields ranging from security to economic and social development sectors including, health, agriculture, infrastructure, rural development and human capacity development. The cumulative Japanese assistance to Afghanistan since 2001 amounts to $6.4 billion.

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