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Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 5:30pm

Kabul, Afghanistan – Afghanistan’s finest fruits, nuts, and saffron went on display this week for buyers around the world at the world’s largest food and beverage exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

For the eighth consecutive year, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting the participation of Afghan agribusinesses at the Gulfood Exhibition, which runs through February 22. This year, 27 Afghan exhibitors are participating in the Expo to promote their products and sign deals with buyers.

The event offers a critical opportunity for Afghan exporters of high-end produce to get a foothold in lucrative overseas markets such as Dubai, an important international hub for regional food exports.

“Gulfood was an excellent opportunity last year,” said King Khan Company CEO Bilal Khan, an Afghan businessman and second-time attendee who exports fruits and nuts. “I negotiated an astonishing $1.3 million in trade contracts last year, and I am hoping to get even more this year. There is a lot of interest in Afghan produce.”

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 3:15pm

USAID launched the University Support and Workforce Development Program’s (USWDP) first Associate Degree in Business Accounting in Afghanistan in October 2017, with technical expertise provided by the University of Massachusetts in the United States. The two-and-a-half-year degree program offers university-level preparation for specific jobs in the public and private sectors, as well as for those who want to start their own businesses as independent entrepreneurs. The first cohort comprising 22 students, including two women, will graduate in September 2019.

U.S. Embassy Hosts Private Sector Program to Support Greater Participation in the Mining Sector
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 5:00pm

USAID hosted the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) and more than 80 private sector business leaders at the U.S. Embassy to discuss reform strategies and business openings for the Afghan mining sector. Afghan government officials, including Acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum Nargis Nehan; private sector mining company representatives; international partners; and officials from the Afghan and international Chambers of Commerce attended the day-long dialogue. Participants focused on key opportunities and challenges in the mining sector and took part in interactive roundtable discussions with Afghan government representatives.

Afghan Exports Set to Soar as USAID Supports Afghan Government Opening of One-Stop Shop at Hamid Karzai International Airport
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 6:00pm

In a major step toward facilitating exports by air, the Afghan government inaugurated a One-Stop Shop (OSS) in the Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) Customs Zone with the support of USAID’s Afghanistan Trade and Revenue Project. USAID support focused on the construction of the infrastructure. USAID will continue to work with staff of the OSS on custom processes and training for staff. The new facility significantly reduces the time required to export goods by streamlining and automating customs documentation. The opening ceremony was organized by the Afghanistan Customs Department (ACD), the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries, the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority, and USAID.

The United States Government Releases $100 Million for Afghanistan through the New Development Partnership
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 6:00pm

The United States Government and the Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan signed a letter for the disbursement of $100 million to the National Unity Government (GNU) for achieving development reforms under the New Development Partnership (NDP). The release of these funds is tied to the Afghan government’s achievement of specific development results and implementation of key policy reforms, including improved revenue collection, reducing corruption, and reducing poverty by helping the poor and marginalized, especially women. This is a part of the ongoing commitment by the U.S. Government to improve the welfare of the Afghan people.

New Women’s Dormitory Launched at American University of Afghanistan
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 4:00pm

A new dormitory, designed to house 200 female students, was inaugurated today by U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John R. Bass, USAID Assistant to the Administrator for Afghanistan and Pakistan Gregory Huger, and American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) Registrar Dr. Julie Barker Holland. Constructed with support from USAID’s Promote Gender Equity and Women’s Empowerment program, the new facility is designed to increase female attendance at AUAF by providing a safe and secure living and learning environment.

USAID Supports Value Chains in Western Region of Afghanistan
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 2:30pm

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), launched the Promoting Value Chains–West project on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The project promotes inclusive growth and job creation in the agricultural sector by strengthening the capabilities of producers and private enterprises to effectively link Afghan farmers to domestic and international markets.

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 12:00pm

On January 4th, President Ashraf Ghani attended an inauguration ceremony in Kabul, officially launching the extension of the national power grid to Ghazni. This represents a significant milestone in the development of Afghanistan’s electrical infrastructure, marking both the first time Ghazni residents have had direct access to imported electricity, and extending the reach of the national grid.

Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 3:30pm

Policies to support Afghan women who work in government were reviewed at a conference held today in Kabul. Over 150 officials, representing 36 ministries and independent agencies of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, discussed gains in the implementation of policy reforms aimed at removing barriers to women in the government workplace.

Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 4:15pm

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in Afghanistan released the implementation results of a two-year food fortification project in Afghanistan. The document, released during a stakeholders’ workshop, highlights the achievements, challenges, and lessons learned during the life of the project.

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Last updated: February 21, 2018

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