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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 1:15am

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in cooperation with the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum launched Afghanistan’s first Gas-to-Power Symposium on Sunday, as part of ongoing American support to the country’s energy sector.

USAID, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Asian Development Bank organized the symposium to stimulate international private sector interest in the development of natural gas infrastructure in northern Afghanistan, particularly in gas processing and power generation.

Senior officials attending included Shafiqullah Shahrani from the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum and Mirwais Alami, Chief Commercial Officer of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), the national power utility.

“The United States Government is convening international and Afghan business leaders with Afghan Government officials to discuss business opportunities in an exciting new market,” said Roy Plucknett, USAID Deputy Mission Director. “This will help meet Afghanistan’s growing demand for power through the development of clean and efficient domestic energy resources.”

USAID recently contributed $30 million to provide food to vulnerable Afghans
Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 7:30am

Kabul, Afghanistan – Today, the United States will contribute an additional $30 million to help the United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP) provide food and nutrition assistance to 3.7 million food-insecure Afghans.

The contribution by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is part of an ongoing international effort to improve food security and nutrition for Afghans, particularly natural-disaster victims, the internally displaced and those living in chronic poverty.

(L-R) USAID Assistant to the Administrator for Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs Larry Sampler, Afghan Finance Minister Omar Zakh
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 7:30am

Kabul, Afghanistan | The officials from the Afghan Power Utility company Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkaat (DABS) signed five contracts with the total value of $151.2 million at the Ministry of Finance today. Those contracts include the construction of a high voltage transmission line between Arghandi and Ghazni, construction of two substations in Sayadabad and Ghazni, construction oversight, technical support to improve DABS financial and corporate management, and the installation of software to enable DABS to better manage their operations.

USAID Mission Director William Hammink (R) among with other officials attended this event in Kabul.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 1:00am

Kabul, Afghanistan | The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has contributed $105 million to the Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund (AITF) to date. Established in 2010, the AITF is a multi-donor trust fund administered by the Asian Development Bank to coordinate donor assistance for infrastructure projects in Afghanistan.  The U.S. Government is one of the largest contributors to the AITF, with $417.6 million planned for energy infrastructure.

India delegation at the second India-Afghanistan innovation fair in Mazar city.
Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 7:15am

Balkh, Afghanistan – Representatives of dozens of regional businesses and assistance groups met on Tuesday at an India-Afghanistan trade fair in the northern Afghan Province of Balkh.

More than 600 participants attended the exhibition, where 24 Indian and 25 Afghan companies and individual developers showcased innovations.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 11:30pm

Kabul, Afghanistan The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will release $15 million to the Afghan government from the U.S. - Afghan Incentive Fund in recognition of progress on the commitment it made to develop a provincial budgeting policy, as part of the country’s Tokyo Conference commitments. 

A buyer examines the Afghan almonds at the exhibition
Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 2:30am

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – Afghan companies signed contracts worth more than $8 million for the country’s high-quality agricultural produce with international buyers during the five days of the Gulfood Exhibition in Dubai. 

Gulfood was held from Feb. 23-27 at the Dubai World Trade Center.  It is the world’s biggest annual food exhibition with 4,500 exhibitors and tens of thousands of buyers and visitors attending. 

Twenty-one Afghan traders, almost half Afghan businesswomen, displayed pomegranates, juices, apples, saffron, dried fruit, and nuts at the event. 

Visitros at the booth
Monday, February 24, 2014 - 4:15am

Kabul, Afghanistan Organic pomegranates, apples, saffron, melons, dried fruit, and nuts produced by more than 20 Afghan companies were on display on Sunday in Dubai, as the Middle East’s biggest annual food exhibition opened its doors.

The Gulfood exhibition, which runs from Feb. 23 through 27, showcases businesses and products in the food, drink, food services and hospitality industries. Gulfood was founded 27 years ago and attracted 4,000 companies and more than 77,000 attendees in 2013.

The U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham with the members of the winning team from Herat University.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 1:00am

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN | Law students from 11 Afghan universities competed in the National Round of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition yesterday, vying to represent Afghanistan at the International competition in Washington, D.C., in March.  

Minister of Women’s Affairs Husn Banu Ghazanfar speaks at the final conference presenting the USAID Land Reform Project achievem
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 5:45am
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – Organizers of a program to support women’s inheritance and land rights in Afghanistan presented project accomplishments, best practices and lessons learned at a conference in Kabul today. 
 
The USAID Land Reform in Afghanistan (LARA) project sought to develop Afghan capacity to successfully design, manage, and implement land-tenure reform for land-market development.  

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Last updated: November 05, 2014

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