Welcome to our e-newsletter Vol. 77 June 2010  


Third Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA):

H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan recently attended Third Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA). H.E. President Karzai thanked His Excellency President Nursultan Nazarbayev for creating CICA and his commitment to peace and security in the region. President Karzai touched on a number of topics including the TAPI pipeline, regional security issues as well as the National Consultative Peace Jirga. MORE...


Pakistan, Afghanistan and Turkey agree to enhance cooperation to fight terrorism:

Afghanistan’s Minster of Foreign Affairs H.E. Dr. Zalmai Rassoul participated in a meeting with the foreign ministers of Turkey and Pakistan this month. The three ministers expressed their pledge to increase cooperation to fight terrorism. During the meeting, H.E.Dr. Zalmai Rassoul presented an overview on the results of the National Consultative Peace Jirga. The three Ministers of Foreign Affairs also discussed their views concerning the upcoming Kabul Conference. MORE...

 

Ambassador Jawad Welcomes USGS Water Survey Findings :

Ambassador Jawad made remarks during the launch of the important study by the Afghan and the United States Geological Survey. He said that the identification of our natural and water resources are critical to Afghanistan's rapid and sustained development. During the presentation of the report Ambassador Jawad pointed " United States Geological Survey has been an invaluable asset for bringing advanced technology into Afghanistan and transferring their professional skills to build the capacity of our institution,” MORE...

Afghanistan’s Mineral Reserves Far Exceed Original Estimates:

A new report released by the United States Geological Survey details that Afghanistan’s mineral reserve is valued at an estimated $1 trillion dollars. Ambassador Jawad said, “Developed in the proper manner, untapped resources will translate to new job growth, a self-sustaining future and a solid way for Afghanistan to continue contributing to the world market.”  The new report is likely to cause an international bidding war among countries vying for the rights to develop the resources. MORE...

Baghe Qazi.

Baghe Qazi Historical Garden to Be Restored in Old Kabul:

The historical garden in Kabul known as Baghe Qazi has recently undergone restoration. Kabul Mayor Eng. Mohammad Yousuf Nawandesh and USAID Mission Director Bill Frej were present during a ceremonial tree planting, beginning phase two of the restoration. USAID partnered with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture have provided a $533,000 grant to redevelop the 3.5 hectare garden. MORE...


Revenue collection swells in eastern Afghanistan :

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan recently reported that Afghan Customs officials were able to collect $60 million utilizing the Automatic System of Customs Data which was put into operation in 2006. The World Bank and the UN Office for Project Services supplied the system allowing Customs officials to more efficiently collect revenue of exported goods. MORE...

High speed internet for Mazar-i-Sharif:

Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology Amirzai Sangin announced the opening of a new high speed internet facility in Mazar-i-Sharif. Minister Sangin said the new facility would provide around 3,000 people faster internet access as well as digital phone lines. MORE...


Afghan mining road show set for London on June 25:

The Afghan Ministry of Mines recently held a road show in London to promote the vast mineral wealth in Afghanistan. According to a recent report from the U.S. Geological Survey, Afghanistan’s mineral wealth is estimated to be around $1 trillion. Afghan officials see the road show as a way to increase interest in allowing companies to develop these natural resources. MORE...

New survey points to major water problems in Kabul :

A USGS study surveying the Kabul water basin announced the capital could face water shortages in the next 50 years. The study estimated the increased need in drinking water could grow to six times the current amount due to a rising population as refugees begin to return back to the capital. Afghan Ambassador to the U.S. Said T. Jawad urged international donors to invest more in water management issues. MORE...


Ambassador Jawad Supports Peace Through Business Graduation:

H.E. Ambassador Jawad recently attended The Institute of Economic Empowerment for Women: Peace Through Business graduation ceremony. Twenty three female business owners from Afghanistan and Rwanda participated in the mentorship program learning valuable skills in order to grow their small businesses. Ambassador Jawad said, “The student business leaders become women vested in peace.  They show aspiration courage, grace, elegance and commitment all while acquiring business skills. MORE...

Afghan Women Candidates Rise 22% for September Parliamentary Vote, UN Says :

A recently released study from the United Nations Security Council reports that the number of women pursuing seats in parliament rose 22% from five years ago. Of the 2,635 candidates pursuing seats in parliament, 400 of them are women. This compared to the 2005 elections where of the 2,707 candidates 328 were women. MORE...

Afghanistan seeks regional help for use of mineral:

Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Said T. Jawad spoke to Pajhwok Afghan News about the need to engage regional neighbors to produce and develop Afghanistan’s rich mineral wealth. Ambassador Jawad said, “We are looking into our NATO partner countries; their soldiers are in Afghanistan. But practically speaking, the two countries that are in our neighborhood, China and India, which are very much in need of these resources, they may actually be forthcoming more than other countries.”MORE...

Friends of the American University of Afghanistan Honor Former First Lady Laura Bush:

Former First Lady Laura Bush was recently honored by friends of the American University of Afghanistan for her efforts to build the Laura W. Bush Women’s Resource Center in Kabul. Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Said. T. Jawad and his wife Shamim Jawad accompanied Mrs. Bush to the event. Ambassador Jawad told the former First Lady, “You have been a leader and longstanding advocate for education; and Afghan boys and girls have been lucky to have your endless support.” MORE...

USAID appoints new head of Afghan operation :

The US Aid for International Development announced the appointment of Earl W. Gast as the new head of mission in Afghanistan. Mr. Gast has worked for USAID for over 20 years and will be responsible for implementing over $4 billion worth of projects a year in Afghanistan. MORE...

Afghan women swap burqas for police uniforms :

Two Afghan women recently spoke to the Associated Press about their decision to become police officers. Magola and Faranaze (not their real names) talked about the risk and important roles they play as part of the police force in Kandahar. Of the thousand recruits in Kandahar they are part of the 20 women who serve on the police force. MORE...

Haidari Speaks to U.S. Department of Defense Advisors on the Principle of “Do No Harm”:

Political Counselor M. Ashraf Haidari welcomed the officials to the Embassy and thanked them for the tremendous sacrifice they are making, leaving their families for a year, to help build institutional capacity in the Afghan government. Haidari discussed with the group issues they might confront while on duty in Afghanistan. He emphasized the concept of “Do No Harm,” encouraging the group to generate institutional capacity, train Afghans to perform effectively, and eventually, be able to teach their own successors. MORE...

The Resolution Adopted at the Conclusion of the National Consultative Peace Jirga:

1,600 delegates from all across Afghanistan participated in a three day National Consultative Peace Jirga this month. The delegates debated the proposals and details on the agenda and passed a resolution during the general assembly. MORE...

 

Honoring Afghan Refugees on the World Refugee Day:

Mr. Ashraf Haidari wrote an article honoring and highlighting the plight of Afghan refugess. In his remarks he pointed that the government and people of Afghanistan appreciate the humanitarian assistance Pakistan and Iran have provided to Afghan refugees over the past three decades. "But pull factors such as improved security, enhanced protection and reintegration assistance, and increased employment opportunities in Afghanistan should determine push factors in host states. " MORE...

Afghan Checkpoint named after British military policeman:

A ceremony was held recently renaming an Afghan checkpoint in Helmand after a British military policeman. Sergeant Robert “LD” Loughran-Dicknson was on a patrol with Afghan National Police in Lashkar Gah when he was killed in a firefight with insurgents. During the ceremony the local Chief of Police, Colonel Hakim Khan said, “We will always call this Check Point L-D after him. We are never happy when one of our mentors is injured or killed…but Sergeant L-D’S memory will stay here, with us.” MORE...


In the News:

This month, numerous publications covered Afghanistan's mineral wealth as well as business and investment opportunities in Afghanistan. To read these articles, please click . MORE...

Embassy in the News:

This month, Ambassador Said T. Jawad spoke to Ariana TV, VOA and was quoted in Reuters, Pajhwok news agency and Arianna on the benefit of mineral and water resources in Afghanistan as well as the fundraising event for the American University of Afghanistan. Additionally Political Counselor Ashraf Haidari published two op-eds, " Is Afghanistan Worth Securing?", and "Urgency to stay the course in Afghanistan". To read these and other articles and op-eds, please click  Embassy in the News.

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