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08.08.2019 | Press release
On Tuesday in Kabul, more than 60 journalists – including 20 women – as well as forest restoration and media experts gathered to discuss Afghanistan’s natural resources and to report on joint efforts for sustainable environmental development. The Afghan-German Cooperation officials explained their measures, initiatives and plans for a green Afghanistan. The event was supported by the Afghan-German Cooperation.
06.08.2019 | Press release
Yesterday at a ceremony in Kabul, the Ministry of Industries and Commerce (MoIC), signed the amended implementation agreement for the Afghan-German Cooperation’s programme for Sustainable Economic Development and Employment Promotion (SEDEP). The amendment confirmed the programme’s continuation from January 2019 to June 2020 and accompanying funding of AFN 1,125,000,000. About 37,000 people will benefit. Mr Zohoroddin Shirzada, Deputy Minister at MoIC, attended the event along with representatives from ministries, stakeholders and the Afghan-German Cooperation.
05.08.2019 | Press release
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 5th August 2019 – Yesterday in Dubai, a three-day baseline study workshop for developing a sustainable energy university degree ended. Four Afghan universities and one German university will work in tandem, linking their expertise to create the course and teach the students via blended-learning – engaging with them online and face-to-face. Twenty-one attendees, men and women, including representatives from the Ministry of Energy and Water, the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), the Afghanistan Renewable Energy Union, and respective universities participated. The Afghan-German Cooperation supported the event.
02.08.2019 | Press release
A five-day workshop that brought together members of the Afghan Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) and the Indonesian Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection (MoWECP) ended today. It was the first of a series of three workshops that will reinforce cooperation between the two ministries. The two delegations discussed best practice examples of women’s economic empowerment in Indonesia. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Open Policy Advisory Fund (OPAF) has supported the cooperation between Indonesian and Afghan institutions since 2018.
01.08.2019 | Press release
Today marks the last of a five-day first aid training for sports lecturers, which took place in Kabul. Thirty people, including 18 women, participated in the training. Participants included lecturers from Teacher Training Centres (TTCs) in seven provinces and ten academic members of the Teacher Education Directorate (TED). The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Basic Education Programme for Afghanistan (BEPA) facilitated this training. Around 8,000 TTC students, including 6,000 women will benefit as a result of the training.
31.07.2019 | Press release
Tomorrow, a four-week standard mining training will end in Kabul. Twelve mining inspectors from various provinces, including Parwan, Kapisa, Bamiyan, Panjshir and Daikundi attended. This training enables the mining inspectors to ensure that rules and regulations in the extractive sector are respected. The trainers, who were from the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP), had previously participated in a Training of Trainers (ToT) programme. The Afghan-German Cooperation supported both the mining training and the ToT.
29.07.2019 | Press release
Yesterday, officials from Afghanistan’s Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Authority, Deputy Education Directors from 20 provinces, and school directors from 24 TVET-schools came together for a workshop in Kabul. In total, 80 participants, male and female, discussed next year’s phase of the Ostad-e-Shagerdi programme’s nationwide rollout. More than 4,000 apprentices will benefit from this improved vocational training and education in the future. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s TVET programme supported the event.
23.07.2019 | Press release
From 19th to 21st July, the Afghan-German Cooperation’s Energy Sector Improvement Programme (ESIP) and its partners conducted a Mid Term Review for 2019 in Dubai. Twenty-nine attendees, men and women, participated, including representatives of the Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW), the Afghanistan Renewable Energy Union (AREU) and other stakeholders from the private and public sector. Agreements for a second phase of Youth Entrepreneurship Support (YES) and for establishing a steering group for enhancing renewable energy in the domestic private sector were signed.
21.07.2019 | Press release
Yesterday, a workshop for civil servants, and representatives from civil society organisations (CSOs) and private companies took place at the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) in Kabul. The workshop laid the foundation for re-validating Afghanistan’s membership to the EITI standard for 2020, after being suspended in early 2019. The MoMP’s Deputy Minister for Policy and Programmes, Wali Ullah Zadran, chaired the event. Sixty people, men and women, including key government personnel and the entire Afghan Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Multi-Stakeholder Group participated.
19.07.2019 | Press release
Yesterday, the first of three meetings for reviewing Afghanistan’s net metering concept was held in Dubai. Net metering allows utility customers who generate their own electricity to export excess energy to the grid in return for credit. The eleven attendees, men and women included, comprised of government officials and stakeholders from the private and public sector. The group discussed existing net metering regulations as well as suggestions for improvement, clarity, and acceptance. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Energy Sector Improvement Programme (ESIP) supported the event.