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Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 8:45am

Kabul, Afghanistan – Traders across Afghanistan will soon have the opportunity to pay customs duties electronically through any commercial bank. This will eliminate the need to pay with cash at the specific customs sites to clear the goods.

“Traders have traditionally paid customs duties in cash. This new system will allow them to pay fees at any bank in Afghanistan,” said Minister of Finance Eklil Hakimi. “Trade is vital to our economy and E-pay will help traders to do business more quickly and easily.” said Minister of Finance Eklil Ahmad Hakimi.

The Afghanistan Customs Department (ACD) and Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), with support from USAID’s Afghanistan Trade and Revenue project, implemented the first electronic payment of customs duties, called E-Pay, in Kabul and Mazar-i Sharif in 2015.  Almost 25 percent of all customs duties paid at Hamid Karzai International Airport are now paid through E-Pay.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 12:00pm

Kabul, Afghanistan – Afghanistan’s Parliament ratified the country’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on June 21, placing Afghanistan within days of formal membership to the renowned international organization.

Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 12:30pm

Kabul, Afghanistan – Properly maintained and constructed roads are a key driver of Afghanistan’s continued economic development and the foundation of the country’s infrastructure.

Monday, May 30, 2016 - 2:00pm

The Minister of Higher Education Dr. Farida Momand announced a new advanced degree program at Kabul Medical University that will develop and support health sector technicians for the country.

Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 4:45pm

The Ministry of Public Health celebrated International Nurses Day 2016 with the theme “Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving Health Systems' Resilience.” This day marks the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, and is celebrated around the world.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 6:30pm

The Vice Chancellor of Kabul University, Professor Raihana Popal, announced a new advanced degree program at Kabul University that will develop and support the careers of business professionals.

First-Ever Demographic and Health Survey Completed in Afghanistan
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 4:15pm

Kabul, Afghanistan - Almost half of births in Afghanistan are being delivered in a health facility, and just over half are assisted by a skilled provider, according to Afghanistan’s first ever Demographic and Health Survey Key Indicators Report [670K], released today by the Afghan Central Statistics Organization and the Afghan Ministry of Public Health.

USAID Recognizes Forty Afghan Entrepreneurs
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 5:15pm

U.S. Ambassador P. Michael McKinley recognized the contribution of a group of 40 companies from Kabul, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Herat, and Mazar-i-Sharif that - in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprise (ABADE) program - have invested $24.7 million in expanding their businesses with the expectation of creating 2,400 new jobs over the next several years. On average, they have contributed almost $5 for every $1 USAID has contributed.

USAID Promote Musharikat National Summit
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 6:00am

H.E. CEO Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, P. Michael McKinley recognized 300 women civil society leaders for their work to empower the women of Afghanistan and encouraged the continuation of their efforts.

Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 10:00am

USAID's Financial Access for Investing in the Development of Afghanistan (FAIDA) project in collaboration with the Afghanistan Ministry of Education and the Private Schools Union of Afghanistan organized a one-day Access to Finance Business-to-Bank Roundtable and Exhibition on Financing the Education Sector in Kabul on May 1st, 2016.

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Last updated: June 20, 2016

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