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AEI | Quick Facts about Afghanistan

Official Name Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Capital Kabul
Location Southern Asia, north and west of Pakistan, east of Iran
Area total: 647,500 sq km land: 647,500 sq km water: 0 sq km
Climate arid to semiarid; cold winters and hot summers
Terrain mostly rugged mountains; plains in north and southwest
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First international fibre optic cable from Afganistan

For the first time, Afghanistan has a project of international fibre optic cable that will open doors to a new age of business. The country will be connect Central Asia to Southeast Asia through an underground cable.

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Afghanistan to Receive $40 Million for Elections

The current global economic crisis has many countries developing new ways to save money, but fortunately for the government of Afghanistan, that does not mean that they are refraining from continuing their financial support of their elections.

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ECO Names New Secretary General

Afgahnistan's Ambassador to Iran, Mohammad Yahya Maorufi, was recently appointed as the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) secretary general.

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Canada to Provide Money to Enhance Rule of Law in Afghanistan

Canadian Foreign minister Lawrence Cannon announced that Canada will contribute additional aid to improving the rule of law in Afghanistan.

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MTN Eyes 25% Growth in Cellphone Customers

Africa's largest cellphone operator by subscribers, MTN, is seeking to increase customers by a quarter this year.

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Centre on Intergrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP)

The Centre for Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) is a regional intergovernmental and autonomus organization

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Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO)

The Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) is an intergovernmental international organization involving ten Asian nations. It provides a platform to discuss ways to improve development and promote trade, and investment opportunities. The nations involved are Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The common objective is to establish a single market for goods and services, much like the European Union. ECO's secretariat and cultural department are located in Tehran, its economic bureau is in Turkey and its scientific bureau is situated in Pakistan.

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South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is an economic and political organization of eight countries in Southern Asia. It was established on December 8, 1985 by India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan. In April 2007, at the Association's 14th summit, Afghanistan became its eighth member.

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