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Monday, February 6, 2017 - 3:00pm

Jaipur, India – Several USAID beneficiary traders of marble, onyx and lapis from Afghanistan signed a number of contracts this week with international buyers at the India Stone Mart, the country’s largest stone industry exposition. The event was held from February 2-5 at the Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Center and drew more than 25,000 guests and 15,000 traders from 60 countries.

“Afghanistan’s mountains hold massive reserves of marble and other minerals, yet the industry remains underdeveloped. India Stone Mart gives Afghan marble traders the opportunity to negotiate deals, network and make sales,” said Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industries Mohammad Qurban Haqjo. “This not only contributes to the Afghan economy; it also has the important effect of attracting foreign investment in the Afghan mining sector.”

(R-L) Professor Amanullah Hamidzai, chancellor of Shahid Rabani Education University and Habibullah Wajidi USWDP representative
Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 12:15am

The eighth Career Development Center was opened under USAID’s Afghanistan University Support and Workforce Development Program on Monday. This newest center is located at Shaheed Rabbani Education University in Kabul. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 3:15am

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – The U. S. Government provided $80 million to Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund as part of the ongoing commitment to improve the welfare of the Afghan people through the New Development Partnership. Release of the money 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.

Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 4:00am

The U.S. government is investing an additional $50 million in two on-going projects to stimulate immediate job creation for the Afghan people. 

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 10:15am

The World Trade Organization (WTO) formally adopted Afghanistan’s terms of accession into the renowned multilateral trading organization at the WTO's 10th Ministerial Conference on December 17 in Nairobi, Kenya. Afghanistan will have until June 2016 to ratify the deal and formally become WTO’s 164th Member, joining a global trading organization that accounts for about 95 percent of the world’s commerce.

The mayors of Afghanistan’s 33 provincial capital municipalities at the event.
Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 1:15am

 At the conclusion of a two-day national conference sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Strong Hubs for Afghan Hope and Resilience (SHAHAR) program on December 7 and 8, 2015, the mayors of Afghanistan’s 33 provincial capital municipalities took a giant step forward in their effort to professionalize and strengthen the capacity of municipal government in Afghanistan. 

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 3:15am

To commemorate the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign and International Human Rights Day, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a partnership to strengthen the health sector’s ability to identify and treat survivors of gender-based violence in Afghanistan.

Agriculture director of Balkh Province Kateb Shams explains the importance of Afghan women in agriculture during the conference.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 5:30am

Afghan government officials, joined by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), recognized the importance of women in the agriculture sector during a two-day conference. The purpose of the conference was to explore means to strengthen women’s contributions in each stage of value-added processes – from the farm to market and ultimately to consumer.

U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, P. Michael McKinley, honors 34 Afghan small and medium enterprises.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 3:45am

The United States Ambassador P. Michael McKinley and the Director of the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Development Directorate of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry; Mr. Ahmad Zia Sayed Khaili, recognized 34 Afghan small and medium enterprises that successfully completed investment partnerships with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprise (ABADE) program.

USAID Mission Director Herbie Smith and Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Assadullah Zamir signed an agreement.
Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 7:15am

 The Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), Assadullah Zamir and the Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Herbie Smith, agreed today to continue collaboration supporting activities that will help  improve food economic security for rural Afghans.


Last updated: October 24, 2016

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