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Snowfall to boost agriculture, economy: Cabinet

Snowfall to boost agriculture, economy: Cabinet

Feb 09, 2017 - 14:04

KABUL (Pajhwok): The cabinet, approving five international agreements and a new state medal named after Amir Ali Sher Nawai, hopes recent snowfall in the country would help agriculture and boost the country’s economy.

At a meeting chaired on Wednesday evening under the chairmanship of President Ashraf Ghani, the cabinet tasked Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah to coordinate emergency assistance, a the Presidential Palace said on Thursday.

The CEO would coordinate aid delivery with Ministries of Defence and Interior ministries, natural disaster committee and the Afghanistan Red Crescent Committee (RCC).

The justice minister presented a draft law for the approval of a new state medal after Amir Ali Sher Nawai. The draft law was developed in six months and approved by special committees that keep close a watch on laws.

It also endorsed five agreements, including one between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Afghanistan on fighting against illegal trade, narcotics and related products.

A pact with Sweden on migration, a Memorandum of Understanding and the European Union on migration and similar accords with Germany and Finland were also okayed.

The cabinet also decided to provide scholarships for military officers fighting in the line of fire and tasked the interior and defence ministries to implement the cabinet decision in this regard.

The cabined tasked the work and social affairs ministry to designate a day in March as Afghan Security Forces Day and dubbed a week in November as domestic handicraft week and name the coming solar year as youth year.

According to the source, finance and administration in-charge at Kabul municipality submitted a request of adjustment of parking and road verges along eastern side of the Hamid Karzai International Airport road into residential-commercial area, which is set to be establish by private sector.

He said a 30-storey building with 9-storey parking would be constructed in the proposed residential area by an entrepreneur and the building would be in compliance with construction standards.

The Cabinet after the comprehensive discussion over a string of modifications in the implementing regulation of Urban Master Plan approved the adjustment suggestion of the area into commercial area and tasked the Kabul Municipality to take steps in mapping it out.

The Ministerial meeting while strongly denouncing the Tuesday’s suicide attack on Supreme Court staff, ordered the Ministry of Interior and the National Directorate of Security (NDS) to identify the perpetrators of coward act and bring them to justice.

A suicide explosion outside the SC killed at least 21 people and wounded more than 40 others, including SC staffers, children, and women.

The Minister of Public Works also submitted a report of the Qaisar-Laman road project to the meeting, he also briefed the session on the dispute resolution board’s decision, issues along the way of contract, and demands from contracted companies.

He said survey and design of first and second phases of the procurement process of the project’s remaining work had been approved and the third to sixth phase of the project was under survey.

The cabinet also endorsed the public works report, and tasked the ministers of public works and finance that according to the dispute resolution board’s decision to legally address the contracted companies’ requests.

The statement said the cabinet also gave the go-ahead to a draft plan for acquiring 133 acres of land for the construction of the Qaisar-Laman ring road.

The Ministry of Public Works and Afghanistan's Independent Land Authority’s head were instructed to revise the land price. The ministry was directed to take steps for paying the price.

Construction work on a 233km road from Faryab’s Qaisar to Laman district of Badghis -- part of the ring road -- was suspended two and a half years due to security and management issues.