KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- Before embarking on a trip to the United States, Afghan Central Bank Governor Abdul Qadeer Fitrat told a group of Afghan banking and finance leaders today that developing mobile phone banking, through a project facilitated by the United States Government, will change the way all Afghans conduct private and public business.
Francis J. Ricciardone, Deputy Ambassador of the Embassy of the United States of America, offered remarks at the opening of the conference.
Afghanistan Income Tax Law 2009
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- President Hamid Karzai opened the first 35 MW block of a 100 MW diesel power plant in Kabul today, significantly expanding power to the capital and surrounding area. Minister of Energy and Water Ismail Khan and U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry also attended the ceremony.
The U.S. Government-funded Tarakhil Power Plant will provide power to approximately 200,000 residents in Kabul in its first phase. When finished later this year, the plant will provide power to more than half a million people.
The United States' support for Afghanistan’s energy sector is evidence of America’s extraordinary commitment to Afghanistan. We have partnered with the Afghan Government to invest in generation, transmission, and distribution systems throughout the country. We have helped the government negotiate power purchase agreements with its neighbors. We are working to bring in private sector investment to build a power plant for the Shibirghan gas field. And we will eventually donate $150 million to refurbish and expand the Kajaki dam complex, which will triple power output for the 1.5 million people in the Hilmand River Valley.
Last updated: December 17, 2014