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UNAMA head meets top IEA officials to discuss current situation  

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Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s acting deputy prime minister, held talks with Deborah Lyons, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of UNAMA in Kabul on Sunday, to discuss the current situation and the need for support in various sectors including agriculture and banking. 

In addition to this, acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi also met with Lyons and discussed a range of issues and ways to strengthen the private sector.

According to a statement from the foreign ministry, Lyons in turn reported back on her visit to Almaty during her meeting with Muttaqi.

Lyons said neither UNAMA nor the United States wanted the banking sector to weaken further. She also meanwhile expressed confidence that key issues would be resolved through dialogue, the statement read.  

During the meetings, UNAMA delegation member Atul Gupta stated that for the development of the economy and the private sector in Afghanistan, he is working on creating channels in order to establish coordination with various donor institutions.

The Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs assured the UNAMA delegation of his full support and said the IEA is working with all the institutions to improve and develop Afghanistan. 

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Otunbayeva meets acting head of TVET in Kabul

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The head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) emphasized the need for the inclusion of women and girls in vocational education on Monday in a meeting with Ghulam Haider Shahamat, acting head of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

In this meeting, Roza Otunbayeva said that vocational training is necessary for the economic development of Afghanistan and women and girls should be included.

Shahamat also expressed that technical and vocational education is effective for poverty alleviation and the growth of the country’s economy.

“The Technical Vocational Education and Training has 383 institutes and high schools all over Afghanistan, which operate in 250 districts and have 6850 staff,” said Shahamat.

Meanwhile, some experts say that Afghanistan needs to develop and create job opportunities for everyone, especially women and girls, and all international institutions play a constructive role for Afghanistan’s progress.

“All organizations which work under the framework of the United Nations can have positive roles in Afghanistan,” said Sarah Rahmani, women rights activist.

In this meeting, the head of the United Nations Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) was also present and emphasized on signing an agreement and creating a joint working group between both institutions.

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Afghanistan’s central bank to auction $17 million this week

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Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) has announced that it will auction $17 million on Wednesday as part of the efforts to stabilize the value of the Afghan currency against foreign currencies.

In a series of tweets on Monday, the Central Bank of Afghanistan asked qualified private banks and exchange companies to participate in the auction.

The winners of the auction are obliged to settle their accounts by the end of the day. As per the announcement, partial settlement of transactions is not allowed and the winners of the auction are obliged to transfer the payable amount to the central bank in cash within a certain time.

This is the second time in a week the central bank is auctioning US dollars to keep the value of Afghani stable.

The exchange rate was 90 AFN to the US dollar on Monday, February 6, 2023. The central bank sold $16 million on Sunday.

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Russia has no plans to close its embassy in Afghanistan, says envoy

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Russia has no plans to close its diplomatic mission in Kabul, Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asian Department Zamir Kabulov told TASS on Monday.

Earlier, the Al-Arabiya TV channel reported that the authorities of several Arab and Western countries decided to close their diplomatic missions in Kabul because of security threats.

“Such thoughts have not even occurred,” Kabulov said, when asked whether Russia had such plans.

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