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18.01.2019 | Press release
Yesterday, the Afghan-German Cooperation finished the handover of a newly constructed girls’ school to Kunduz Province’s Department of Education. The school is located in Ortabulaqi Village in the district Imam Sahib and offers eight classrooms. More than 240 girls from eleven villages in the area benefit from the educational facility. The new school shall encourage local families to send their girls here as it is nearby and easily accessible. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Stabilisation Programme Northern Afghanistan (SPNA) financed the construction works at a total cost of almost AFN 19.6 million.
03.01.2019 | Press release
Taloqan, Takhar, 02nd January 2019 – Yesterday, the provincial authorities and the Afghan-German Cooperation have formally inaugurated an eight-kilometre long irrigation canal in Bangi District, Takhar province. The newly rehabilitated irrigation canal is benefiting more than 7,500 local residents in the villages of Ghorchi, Gurog, Kata Qeshlaq and Jamshid of Bangi District. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) financed the project at a total cost of about AFN 101.8 million. The whole construction works took about 16 months.
23.12.2018 | Press release
Kabul, 23rd December 2018 – Yesterday, the Afghan Ministry of Public Health signed a contract for procurement of medical and non-medical equipment for the 360-bed mother and child centre within Balkh Regional Hospital in Mazar-e Sharif. The First Deputy of the Chief Executive of Afghanistan, the Afghan Minister of Public Health and two of his Deputy Ministers as well as the First Secretary of the Chief Executive attended the event amongst others. The Afghan-German Cooperation financed the construction of the centre as well as now the procurement of the equipment.
16.12.2018 | Press release
Mazar-e Sharif, Balkh, 13th December 2018 – Yesterday, the Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) and the Tajik construction company Tojik Gidro Elektro Montaj (TGEM) signed contracts for constructing a new electricity distribution network in Balkh Province’s capital Mazar-e Sharif. The network shall supply electricity reliably to about 40,000 residents. The Afghan Minister of Energy and Water, parliament and provincial council members, and a representative of KfW Development Bank attended the event. The Afghan-German Cooperation funds the construction works via KfW at a total cost of about AFN 480 million.
16.12.2018 | Press release
Kabul, 14th December 2018 – Yesterday, the Afghan-German Cooperation assisted a seminar for the Afghan Deputy Ministry for Refugee Affairs in Kabul. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Open Policy Advisory Fund (OPAF) supports the Afghan Deputy Ministry for Refugee Affairs with various capacity development activities in implementing its strategic plan 2015 – 2019. Main objectives consist of improving service provision to Afghan citizens as well as inter-ministerial coordination of topics relevant to migration.
13.12.2018 | Press release
Today, Afghanistan’s International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Afghanistan) published the International Commercial Terms (Incoterms 2010) in Afghanistan. The terms are a global standard for the most common terms used in trade to avoid legal uncertainties and misunderstandings. More than 200 guests, male and female, attended the launch event in Kabul, including high-profile Afghan officials such as the Minister of Industries and Commerce, the Minister of Economics, the Minister of Higher Education and Kabul University’s Chancellor as well as relevant stakeholders. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s programme Sustainable Economic Development and Employment Promotion (SEDEP) facilitated the launch of Incoterms 2010 in Afghanistan.
13.12.2018 | Press release
Kabul, 13th December 2018 – Yesterday, a national conference for so-called Gender Focal Points (GFPs) took place in Kabul. GFPs are female volunteers that offer legal support to women in their communities. The Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) hosted the event to express its gratitude for their work. In total, more than 70 people from eight Afghan provinces participated, majorly women. Attendees discussed ways to improve cooperation between the MoWA, its provincial departments, and GFPs. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s programme Promotion of the Rule of Law in Afghanistan (RoL) facilitated and financed the event at a total cost of more than AFN 860.000.
11.12.2018 | Press release
Yesterday, a 16-days campaign that has started in Afghanistan on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) on 25th November ended. Its theme was Hear Me Too; End Violence against Women and Girls. Several Afghan Departments of Justice (DoJ) conducted related activities in their respective provinces. Representatives from various governmental entities and civil society organisations attended the events. The campaign aimed at highlighting the importance of combating violence against women and girls in Afghanistan. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s programme Promotion of the Rule of Law in Afghanistan (RoL) supported the events in Badakhshan, Balkh, Baghlan, Takhar and Kabul.
10.12.2018 | Press release
Kabul, 10th December 2018 – Today, three Afghan professors and lecturers from Kabul Polytechnic University, Kabul University, and Balkh University returned to Kabul. For two weeks, they participated in a training at the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) in Potsdam, Germany. They learned how to operate GFZ’s software SeisComp 3 for localising and analysing earthquakes. It is used to better understand tectonic activities in central Asia, including Afghanistan. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Academic Mining Education in Afghanistan (AMEA) programme facilitated the activity.
05.12.2018 | Press release
Argo District, Badakhshan, 4th December 2018 – Yesterday, the Afghan-German Cooperation handed over a rehabilitated irrigation canal to the Governor’s Office of Argo District, Badakhshan. The canal is located in the Sarai Dara area and benefits about 4,200 residents who now have access to sufficient irrigation for their agricultural land. In addition, a Local Water User Association (LWUA) that comprises about 600 private water users in the area was established to ensure the canal’s proper management and maintenance. A newly constructed office for the association provides an adequate working environment. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Stabilisation Programme Northern Afghanistan (SPNA) financed the construction works at a total cost of more than AFN 23 million.