As Western sanctions bite, both Russian and Chinese businesspeople predict a 'good opportunity' to increase bilateral trade and profits.
Bitter experience with Chinese firms steered the Pakistani province into picking a Canadian-Chilean consortium.
With the afghani currency in a free-fall and bank transfers nearly impossible, an American NGO is helping students in Herat pay for their studies and living expenses using cryptocurrency.
The bridge will open the remote district of Baghlan province to other infrastructure projects, including roads, schools and clinics, local elders and other residents say.
Projects include rehabilitating irrigation infrastructure such as dams, canals, retaining walls and water intakes. Farmers in the province have long suffered from water shortages and drought.
Of the 80 traffic police officers who comprised the bulk of the force before the fall of the previous government in Afghanistan, almost half have quit in recent months.
Most Herat residents cannot afford to buy new items amid rising prices and joblessness, and have turned to flea markets for some household purchases.
Despite the heavy snow and rain this year, which should have helped Badghis farmers, many say they are worse off because of lack of government assistance.
Both the United Nations and aid groups have helped more than 4,000 families in Kunduz.
The WFP project is employing 800 Afghans to rehabilitate pistachio farms across 1,000 hectares in Faryab province.