As the craft declines, survival is becoming a growing challenge for the glassblowers in Herat, including Ghulam Sakhi, whose family has been making Herati glass for '200 or 300 years'.
Iran's ban on exporting more than 100 commodities, including foods and construction materials, has led to increased economic instability and price surges in local markets.
Professional, trained staff working in government institutions are essential for growth and development, authorities say.
The Capacity Building for Results programme is recruiting specialists to improve performance and reduce corruption in government ministries.
Pakistan and Afghanistan hope for plentiful natural gas to stabilise their troubled economies.
The resumption of flights by Uzbekistan Airways will boost co-operation between two terrorism-affected countries.