13 December 2018

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Kabul, (BNA) The National Procurement Commission’s (NPC) 173rd session was held with Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on the chair here yesterday and approved 19 billion Afghanis, a statement from the office of the president said. According to the statement, the approved contracts included procurement and installation of Radar systems, reconstruction of surrounding Archi irrigation canals in Kunduz province, reconstruction of Charikar roads, reconstruction of building, electricity and sewer system of Paktia’s governor house, construction of wall related to Hamid Karzai International Airport, procurement of oil for maintenance of Salang Pass, reconstruction of Domanda Mangal-Qalandar road of Khost province, recruitment of evaluator for new Salang Pass’s advisory project, construction of 27 police checkpoints in Ghazni province, procurement of essential for Ministry of Interior’s vehicles, procurement of meat for 101 Asmayee military Breshna Sherkat’s procurement proposal for purchasing of essentials to Ghorband 20 KV electricity project. The NPC session also approved Ministry of Defense proposals for price corrections of some projects and extending the deadline of the maintenance projects for border and civil order forces but instructed the ministry to process the needed medicines through state to state projects, the statement said. The session rejected other three projects related to Kabul Municipality on increasing the prices of three types of oil, Ministry of Interior’s procurement of non-good items and construction of Chah-Anjeer-Gereshk road due to technical issues. The NPC meeting also discussed the Real Time Data Management project of the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology, saying the project would be approved if the ministry’s concern on the issue has been removed, the statement added. Meanwhile the session approved National Procurement Authority’s request for transportation of vehicles from Hairatan port to Kabul city, which was earlier agreed with Uzbekistan. The meeting was attended by international and national observers, representatives of Parliament, Integrity Watch Afghanistan, SIGAR and Resolute Support Mission, the statement concluded.

Monday December 10, 2018

Kabul (BNA) In presence of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah contracts were signed for construction of Khush Tepa water canals and electricity generating as well as transmission of electricity line from Nangarhar to Kunar and from Ghazi to Paktika province and construction of substations in Kunar and Paktika provinces, BNA reported. Contracts were signed by acting minister of finance Dr. Hamayoun Qayoumi and minister of agriculture, irrigation and livestock Nasir Ahmad Durani with US ambassador, deputy director for USAID, director of the Asian Development Bank and chairman of Breshna Shirkat. Khush Tepa irrigation and electricity generating project has 270 km length and would irrigate 500 thousand of acres of land. Ministries of energy and water and agriculture, irrigation and livestock as well as the national environment protection agency would have shares in the project. The Nangarhar electricity transmission line to Kunar and construction of a substation would be completed within two years and would benefit 26 thousand of families in these provinces. The projects would cost 60 million USD and would be financed by Asian Development Bank. Meanwhile, the electricity transmission line from Ghazni to Paktika and construction of substation in Paktika would cost 60 million USD and would be also financed by the Asian Development Bank, the project would be completed in two years and would benefit 30 thousand of families.

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met yesterday with a number of national traders and relevant officials to discuss problems of Afghan traders.
In the meeting, Afghan traders importing gas were complaining that they are facing with double treatment in the country’s port, saying that their gas tankers have been stopped in the country’s ports for the pretext of being low-quality.  They asserted that traders have purchased gas from Turkmenistan and the company sending gas to Afghanistan has this time sent low-quality gas, therefore, their tankers have been stopped, asking for addressing the problems through legal channel.
After hearing problems of Afghan traders, the country’s chief executive said that any kind of double treatment with national traders was unacceptable and the issue would be addressed after overall reviews.
Chief executive instructed relevant organs to dispatch a delegation to Turkmenistan as soon as possible to address the problems.

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Jalalabad (BNA) Honey production has increased in Nangarhar province.
According to statistics last year, Nangarhar produced at least 200 tons of honey.
The honey has been produced in 300 farms in Nangarhar province.
Honey of Nangarhar province is famous for its high quality and excellent test in Afghanistan.
This product of Nangarhar sells every year in the country.
Each kilogram of honey in Nangarhar is up to 1200 Afghanis.
Mohammad Hazrat holder of the bee farm in Nangarhar expressed his satisfaction from production and increasing of honey in that province.
Shah Wali Khan Head of beekeepers in Nangarhar told BNA, increasing of beekeeping halls in Nangarhar province has increased honey production.
He also said that if the government support beekeepers in establishing artificial forests and the use of plain lands for beekeeping, the rate of honey production will rise further in the province.
T. Yarzada

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