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AWCC opens new customer care center in Kandahar

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(Last Updated On: August 24, 2022)

In its ongoing quest to provide world-class mobile communication services to Afghanistan, Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) officially opened another customer care center in Kandahar city this week.

According to AWCC officials, the new customer care center has been established in order to provide professional and speedy services to the company’s large client base in the city.

AWCC officials also said they plan to open more customer care centers in various districts in Kandahar province in the near future.

“We have always made efforts to provide services, especially to people who are in remote areas, and who have been deprived of telecommunication services for years,” said Noor Ahmad Shah Sadat, provincial director of AWCC in Kandahar.

“We are not only focusing on cities, but also remote districts, and plan to bring them under our coverage,” he said.

Kandahar officials welcomed AWCC’s move which they said would help alleviate long queues at the other branch in Kandahar city.

“In the other AWCC center, there used to be long queues. Now they have opened a new center to address people’s problems,” said Mawlawi Noorullah Noori, provincial director of telecommunication in Kandahar.

“AWCC opened a new branch so that people could get SIM cards here. We are making efforts to resolve the remaining challenges,” said Hafiz Ghulam Ishaq, provincial head of Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority.

AWCC was established in 2002 and was the nation’s first mobile communications company.

Founded by Dr Ehsanollah Bayat, AWCC provides voice and data services to over 5 million consumers and businesses.

Over the past 20 years, AWCC has driven the rapid growth of Afghanistan’s communications market and today, the company delivers rapid, reliable and robust HD Voice, 2G, High-Speed 3G and 4G/LTE Data, Internet and My Money ™ Mobile Payment Services to its clients in all of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.

The company is also directly responsible for the creation of 100,000 jobs throughout Afghanistan.

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China regrets UN Doha meeting’s failure to have dialogue with IEA

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China’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Yue Xiaoyong, on Saturday regretted that the United Nations’ meeting in Doha on Afghanistan earlier this week failed to have dialogue with the Islamic Emirate.

Yue said on X that the meeting was useful for exchange of views and it made a call for more pragmatic engagement and dialogue with Afghanistan.

“Pity is Doha Afghanistan meeting again failed to have dialogu with Afghan interim government or DFA (IEA) as China and regional countries have been calling,” Yue said.

The envoy said that China called more humanitarian assistance, moderate governance, and women and girls’ education.

China also called on US take major responsibility for Afghanistan’s reconstruction, unfreeze Afghanistan’s overseas assets and lift unilateral sanctions.

China also stressed that it is ready to work harder with UN and regional partners especially through Afghanistan’s nonboring countries foreign ministerial meeting and other platforms to enhance engagement with Afghanistan to help for its peace, stability, reconstruction and common prosperity.

The UN had extended an invitation for IEA officials to participate, following their exclusion from the first meeting in May.

However, the Kabul government said they would not participate in the talks unless they could be the sole representative of Afghanistan at the meetings — to the exclusion of civil society groups.

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Latest World Bank decision will support millions of Afghans: IRC

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The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has welcomed the latest move by the World Bank to use International Development Association (IDA) funds to scale up support to Afghanistan and expand the scope of its programs, saying these funds will support the delivery of services and access to jobs for Afghans who are continuing to endure a major humanitarian crisis as a result of decades of conflict, climate change and economic turmoil. 

IRC in a statement said that the focus of Approach 3.0 of the World Bank includes the delivery of livelihoods support which will support Afghanistan to at least maintain the current trajectory of low-level economic growth.

“This will be critical to maintaining and stabilizing the Afghan economy, while ensuring the survival of businesses and sources of income for millions. However, Afghanistan’s economic crisis remains the primary driver of the high level of humanitarian needs across the country,” the statement said.

IRC stated that although the announcement of Approach 3.0 represents a new milestone for meeting basic needs in Afghanistan, IRC urges other donors to recognise their role in continuing to contribute to both the delivery of basic services through the World Bank’s Afghanistan Resilience Trust Fund (ARTF) and to the humanitarian response.

All contributions are vital to sustaining support for Afghans, and the international community must continue to provide funding to sustain basic services and prevent the humanitarian crisis from worsening, it added.

A week ago, the World Bank Group announced that its executive board endorsed a new approach to aiding Afghanistan that will deploy some $300 million from the bank’s International Development Association fund for poor countries through United Nations agencies and other international organizations.

The shift marks the first time that the World Bank’s own funds would be sent to Afghanistan since the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) seized power in August 2021.

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UN Doha meeting reinforced that world remains united on Afghanistan: US envoy

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The recent UN-sponsored meeting on Afghanistan reinforced that the international community remains largely united and committed to supporting the Afghan people, U.S. Special Envoy for Afghan Women, Girls, and Human Rights, Rina Amiri, said on Saturday.

Amiri said on X that the meeting also reinforced that the international community remains committed to supporting Afghans’ struggle for economic stability, security and respect for their rights, particularly addressing the plight of Afghan women and girls.

She added that Afghan civil society representatives remained unified in their calls on the international community to factor in the “dire situation” of Afghan women when assessing the security situation in Afghanistan and the importance of including Afghan women and civil society in deliberations on Afghanistan.

The UN-sponsored meeting of countries’ special envoys on Afghanistan was held earlier this week in Doha, the second such meeting since May last year.

US special envoy for Afghanistan, Thomas West, has also said that there remains a strong consensus on collective interests in Afghanistan. 

“No country wants to see emergence of terrorism threat from Afghanistan.  All want to see women and girls return to secondary school, university, work and public life,” West said on X.

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