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Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 5:15am

Kabul, Afghanistan The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United States Department of Commerce hosted Afghanistan’s first national moot court competition for international commercial arbitration from January 31 to February 2, 2015.

Six teams from three universities – American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), Kabul University, and Kardan University – competed in the First Afghanistan National Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot).  Held at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, the debate focused on the international sale of goods, contract law, and resolving disputes through commercial arbitration.

“The Commercial Law Development Program is helping to train the next generation of Afghan leaders, skilled legal professionals with advocacy experience.  The perseverance of these students – and the months of training they spent preparing for this competition – is evident in their exemplary performance today and indicative of their future successes,” said U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan P. Michael McKinley.

USAID Deputy Mission Director James Hope presents a letter of appreciation to Anisa Rasooli, Head of the Afghan Women Judges Ass
Monday, June 23, 2014 - 2:15am

Kabul, Afghanistan | - Afghan judges and court administrators joined representatives  from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to celebrate the achievements of the USAID-funded Rule of Law Stabilization-Formal Program during a ceremony at the Supreme Court yesterday. This program trained more than 1,500 judges and court administrators in all 34 Afghan provinces and provided support for the newly established Afghan Women Judges Association.

Acting USAID Mission Director Carolyn "Teddy" Bryan awards a diploma for a new Master's degree graduate
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 7:00am

Kabul, Afghanistan | - Ten women and eight men received advanced diplomas in Public Policy and Administration from Kabul University on Wednesday to become the first graduates of a national leader development program financed by the United States.

“The graduation of these 18 students is a major achievement for Afghan public administration,” said Obaidullah Obaid, Afghanistan’s Minister of Higher Education in graduation ceremony comments.

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 2:30am

Kabul, Afghanistan – Afghan police working with American agents arrested an Afghan man on charges of stealing more than a half million dollars from an agricultural development fund supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The money was insured, and there was no actual loss of U.S. taxpayer funds.

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. 

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Last updated: February 18, 2015

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