Monday March 20, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Deputy Trade Minister Mohammad Qurban Haqjo on Sunday underlined that his country is broadening its trade relations with Iran.
‘Afghanistan has reduced its trade exchanges with Pakistan by half, but it is at the same time boosting its economic ties with Iran,” Haqjo said.
“The value of Iran-Afghanistan trade balance hit $2.579 million in 2015,” he added. He noted that Afghanistan’s Chamber of Commerce put the value of trade exchanges with Pakistan to hit $3 billion in 2015, while the same figure has hit $1.5 billion in 2016. “China, Iran and India will soon replace Pakistan in Afghanistan’s markets and Islamabad will lose its biggest market soon,” he said. Haqjo added that blocking the paths to Pakistan for Afghan people and businessmen has incurred a loss of $100 million for the merchants.
Saturday March 18, 2017
Kabul (BNA) In fact, common threats have caused the leaders of the national unity government to strive for further tightening relations with Central Asian countries than ever.
Calling relations with Central Asian countries in the benefit of Afghanistan, the lower house of the parliament is stressing on cooperation of these countries with Afghanistan in fighting terrorism. A member of the house’s internal security commission, Mirdad Nejrabi said that however, regional security was important to the region, particularly to the Central Asian countries such as, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Russia, thus, these states should cooperate with Afghanistan in war on terror. “Peace will not restore in Afghanistan unless the regional countries honestly cooperate with Afghanistan,” he further said, adding surely, prevailing peace and security in Afghanistan will positively affect regional and the world countries. Iqbal Safi, head of the Wolesi Jirga’s defensive commission said, “Afghanistan is among those countries where has always been victimized by terrorism and has given the most casualties so far, therefore, the Central Asian countries should practically step up alongside Afghanistan in this regard.”
Earlier, officials of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan in meeting with their Afghan counterparts reported on their preparations for cooperating with Afghanistan in war on terror. Expressing optimism on regional countries’ role in ensuring peace and stability as well as fighting terrorism in Afghanistan, a number of political experts believe that the Central Asian countries are concerned on influence of extremist factions to their borders. Akram Andishmand, a political expert on Afghanistan and regional affairs said, “Insecurities in north, have caused the Central Asian countries to tighten relations with Afghanistan.” To prevent further increasing terrorist groups’ activities, he added the regional superpowers including Russia and Turkmenistan should cooperate with Afghanistan.
Haidar Hemat, an expert and university lecturer said that the government of Afghanistan should make effort to maintain relations with regional and Central Asian countries so to ensure peace and security in the country.
In the meantime, lauding the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) efforts in ensuring security in northern provinces, a number of citizens are stressing that the government should not let the terrorists influence in north and should come up with a serious strategy to foil the terrorists’ attacks and don’t let them reach their malicious designs. Omran, a Kabul resident said Afghanistan was among those countries where has experienced wars for more than three decades, thus, to get rid of such a situation, the regional and Central Asian countries should cooperate with it. Walid, another resident believes that the Central Asian countries are concerned on Daesh faction activities in the country, which is why they want to continue cooperation with Afghanistan. This is while that many countries have declared their support from Afghanistan, but unfortunately, still peace and security are not ensured in the country.
Tuesday, March 14, 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 68/24 afgs
One Pound Sterling 83/10 afgs
One Euro 72/60 afgs
One Emirate’s Dirham 18/55 afgs
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees 631afgs
One Thousand Indian Rupees 1035 afgs
One Thousand Iranian Rupees 18/87 afgs
Tuesday March 14, 2017
Kabul (BNA) In a joint press conference held recently, the spokespersons of the relevant ministries said that amid growing insecurities, many development projects have been completed in some provinces this year.
Akbar Rustami, the spokesperson to the ministry of urban development said that during the current year, they could implement 9000 development projects in 34 provinces of the country. He said that however they faced many challenges, but they have had many achievements this year. He added that they have completed 9077 development projects on providing drinking water, irrigation, agriculture, local development, health, education and road construction sectors as well as many more in different provinces of the country. The projects worth $245.2 million, he added. With implementation of the projects, short-term job opportunities have been provided to nearly 750,000 people, he went on to say. At the same time, Nilofar Langar, the spokesperson to the ministry of rural rehabilitation while presenting one-year report of her ministry told that they have received 446 projects worth 71.6 millions of dollars from different government institutions and the procurement work on 300 of them is underway.
She added that construction work of seven ministries will be started in 1396. Likewise, Lutfullah Rashid, the spokesperson to the ministry of agriculture, irrigation and livestock told that 1395 was an agriculture growth year, during which they could implement many projects this year.
Meanwhile, Mehdi Rohani, the spokesperson to the ministry of public works said that the ministry could prevent life and financial loses during the winter and could reopen the closed roads at its earliest. He added that his ministry had 73 projects this year, many of which have been implemented and work on the rest is underway. He said that the ministry of public works has considered to implement 90 projects next year. At the same time, a number of experts said that in order the ministries were not questioned by Wolesi Jirga have made effort to spend their development budget. Kharoti said that the ministries should consider the situation while implementation of the projects so they positively affect the people economy and routine life.
He added that the ministries should not only consider to spend the budgets, but should also pay heed to quality and efficiency of the projects.
The people believe that with completion of projects in some provinces, the residents’ problems have been solved at some extent. The ministries of rural rehabilitation, agriculture, public works and urban development presented their reports while the people in some provinces of the country are faced with many problems due to improper implementation of development projects in their areas.