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Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 5:00pm

Hannover, Germany – Sixteen of Afghanistan’s top carpet and rug traders showcased their finest samples and signed a number of major deals with international buyers at Domotex, a leading tradeshow for the floor coverings industry, thanks to USAID. The tradeshow, held from January 14-17 at the Exhibition Grounds in Hannover, Germany drew more than 45,000 visitors from more than 80 nations, and will help Afghan carpets gain increased international exposure.

“Domotex is a trend setter for the industry and Afghanistan is playing its part in setting the tone,” said Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industries Mohammad Qurban Haqjo. “Afghanistan’s participation in the world’s largest floor coverings tradeshow not only contributes to the country’s economy; it serves as an opportunity for Afghanistan to represent itself as a unique and trustworthy brand in the global carpet industry.”

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 5:15am
ASADABAD, KUNAR, AFGHANISTAN- On May 12, 2009, 116 skilled craftsmen graduated from the Kunar Construction Center. The graduates are the fourth class to complete the Center’s three-month construction skills course, earning certifications in carpentry, electrical work, masonry, painting, plumbing, or rebar placement.
 
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 - 5:00am
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- On May 5, 2009, the United States Agency for International Development signed a $1 million host country contract (HCC) with the Afghan Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).  The  HCC will enable the Ministry to improve information and communications technology coverage and infrastructure throughout government institutions, as well as to increase access to information for the people of Afghanistan. 
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 5:00am
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- From April 29-May 10, 2009, USAID will conduct Afghanistan’s first gemology course. Taught by legendary ‘gem-hunter’ and gemologist Gary Bowersox, the course will train 30 participants (half of whom are women) from Kabul, Panjsher, Nuristan, Kunduz, and Bamyan provinces to recognize the difference between real and synthetic gemstones.
 
Monday, April 27, 2009 - 5:00am
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- On April 27, 2009, the United States of America and the City of Kabul joined in launching a $25 million cash-for-work program to reduce food insecurity in Afghanistan’s urban areas.  The Food Insecurity Response for Urban Populations Program was developed in response to the growing inability of Kabul residents to feed their families due to unemployment, rising food prices, and drought. 
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - 5:00am
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - 5:00am
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- In celebration of International Earth Day, the Director General of Afghanistan’s National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) declared Band-e-Amir as Afghanistan’s first national park. This official designation affords legal protection to the lakes and surrounding landscape, and will ensure sustainable environmental management for this area of great natural beauty.
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 5:00am
SHIBIRGHAN, JAWZJAN, AFGHANISTAN- Today, Minister of Mines Adel opened the Yatimtaq and Gerquduq gas fields for testing and exploration at a ceremony dedicating the newly installed drilling rig.   
 
The Ministry of Mines, in coordination with the Afghan Gas Company, will use the USAID-funded rig to test gas levels in the fields’ wells to determine if they contain enough gas to fuel a regional power plant.  This testing represents a significant step towards establishing a reliable indigenous power source for Afghanistan. 
 
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 5:00am
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- On World TB Day 2009, the United States stands alongside other nations to combat global TB. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has been a main donor supporting programs fighting TB for the past 7 years in Afghanistan.
 

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