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Development Projects Continue Nationwide

Construction began on two 150-meter dams in Baghlan province’s Tala and Barfak districts, respectively. The dams will help with irrigation issues and provide more water resources to some 750 families.

Two new bridges will be built in Nangarhar province within 14 months. The first bridge will be for the Jalalabad-Tourkham highway and the second will be built in Jalalabad.

According to the Ministry of Commerce & Industries, Qaraqul exports have increased by 4% already this year to about US$1.5 million; this number will mostly likely increase further. Main export destinations include the United States, Russia, and European states.

A new town specializing in carpet weaving and processing will be established in Herat province, 30 km from the provincial capital. More than 1,500 residents will call the new city home.

Due to the increased economic development of Afghanistan, more foreign businesses are entering the market. U.S. automotive company Chevrolet has built its second franchise in the nation, in Mazar-e-Sharif, following the success of its branch in Kabul.

Afghan IT products were on display early this month for the first time at an international exhibition, the 19th Azerbaijan International Telecommunication and IT Exhibition and Conference. Nine Afghan companies took part in the show; they were accompanied by H.E. Communications and Information Technology Minister Amirzai Sangin and a delegation that included Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) head Wafiullah Iftikhar.

Afghan products received excellent feedback and the companies were invited to join multiple joint ventures with other participating firms.

Based on this success, an international exhibition to attract local businessmen for investment in the IT sector will be held in the near future in Kabul.

An iodized salt factory was established in Logar province. The factory can produce up to two tons of salt per day.