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Economy

Citizens' Charter project brings Herat residents development, prosperity

Citizens' Charter project brings Herat residents development, prosperity

Paved roads and electricity are some of the infrastructure improvements coming under the development plan.

Taliban extortion, destruction constitute major drag on economic growth

Taliban extortion, destruction constitute major drag on economic growth

Despite pledging to protect Afghan interests, Taliban attacks on infrastructure and investment projects threaten to turn back the clock on international trade and development.

Illegal dumping of Iranian chicken products cripples Afghan poultry farmers

Illegal dumping of Iranian chicken products cripples Afghan poultry farmers

The Afghan government declared the import of poultry products from Iran illegal after an outbreak of avian influenza last year decimated the industry.

Iran ramps up smuggling of US dollars from Afghanistan

Iran ramps up smuggling of US dollars from Afghanistan

'Those who smuggle dollars to Iran are the enemies of the Afghan state and people,' said one official.

Afghan saffron farmers enjoy price surge amid ban on imports from Iran

Afghan saffron farmers enjoy price surge amid ban on imports from Iran

Prices have doubled on national and international markets following a move by President Ghani to ban imports of low-quality Iranian product.

Aid organisations return to Kunduz, sparking locals' hope for development

Aid organisations return to Kunduz, sparking locals' hope for development

More than 100 domestic and foreign aid groups left Kunduz after the Taliban briefly held the provincial capital two separate times in 2015 and 2016,

Herat residents outraged as Taliban continue to extort electricity payments

Herat residents outraged as Taliban continue to extort electricity payments

Officials say they are ready to crack down on Taliban members forcibly collecting payments from residents.

Kunduz residents flourish in business amid optimism for peace

Kunduz residents flourish in business amid optimism for peace

Many say the local business environment has improved as fear of war recedes.

Reclaimed from militants, Kunar's forests spur woodworking opportunities

Reclaimed from militants, Kunar's forests spur woodworking opportunities

Local craftspeople are expanding their wares to wooden gifts and home-decor items.

Afghans call for curbed water flow to Iran

Afghans call for curbed water flow to Iran

Afghan officials have repeatedly accused Iran of supporting the Taliban to prevent the construction of dams in the western region of the country.

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