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Islamic Emirate at a glance

Summary of the most significant accomplishments of the Islamic Emirate 2022 – 2023

Part XVII

By: Hashmat Nasiri

  1. Preservation of Afghanistan’s Ancient and Historical Heritage Afghanistan stands as a nation steeped in antiquity and historical significance. However, across various epochs, its ancient artifacts have suffered destruction and illicit trafficking due to conflict and external interventions. In an endeavor to safeguard, conserve, restore, and prevent the smuggling of these invaluable relics, the Ministry of Information and Culture has undertaken several initiatives. Through exploration and research efforts, new archaeological sites have been unearthed. The most significant accomplishments in this domain over the past year include: • The identification and scholarly assessment of 100 ancient sites spanning across 16 provinces, with the discovery of an additional 60 previously unknown archaeological sites. • The meticulous compilation of 100 GIS maps detailing these archaeological sites for scholarly and preservation purposes. • The comprehensive preservation effort at the Mes Aynak archaeological site in Logar province, involving the careful cleaning and cataloging of 142 designated sites, as well as the registration of 2,600 pottery shards, which have since been transferred to the Logar National Museum. • The thorough cleaning and examination of 298 copper coins, along with the assessment of 61 diverse artifacts from Nangarhar province and 36 artifacts from Takhar province, culminating in their formal submission to the Afghan National Museum. • The responsible transfer of 3,280 silver and copper coins from Nangarhar for further authentication and study at the Afghan National Museum. • The innovative 3D modeling of 90 diverse artifacts, enhancing both preservation efforts and scholarly research. • The facilitation of collaboration with international archaeologists and journalists to identify and highlight significant historical and cultural sites, thus promoting Afghanistan’s rich cultural heritage on the global stage. • The formalization of a MoU with a reputable Chinese company for the stabilization and excavation of Mes Aynak archaeological sites in Logar province. • The meticulous identification and classification of 1,226 artifacts from various historical periods by dedicated personnel from the Afghan National Museum and security officials stationed at Kabul Customs and Airport. • The diligent registration and classification of 500 historical artifacts from different epochs, ensuring their inclusion and documentation within the national museum database for posterity. 2. Enhancing Transportation Services Transportation and aviation constitute pivotal sectors for facilitating the convenient movement of citizens and travelers, with the provision of appropriate transportation services being paramount. In this regard, the Islamic Emirate has taken effective and tangible steps towards enhancing the provision of transportation services and strengthening bilateral relations with neighboring, regional, and trans regional countries through the review and formulation of policies, laws, regulations, and agreements. Over the past year, numerous agreements have been signed aimed at conducting standard activities and enhancing the transportation sector in the country. A. Aviation With the re-establishment of the Islamic Emirate, serious attention has been paid to the repair, reconstruction, and reopening of the country’s airports. The airports that were destroyed by occupiers have been repaired and made operational again. Consequently, some modern equipment, systems, facilities, and technical means of Kabul Airport have been reactivated, and flights have resumed normally. 1. Establishment of Aviation Surveillance and Security Systems This system has been instituted to oversee aircraft documentation, airline operations, airport rehabilitation efforts, as well as aviation security and educational facilities. Furthermore, all flight checklists are seamlessly integrated into this system to facilitate flight monitoring, with supervisory personnel exercising oversight through this comprehensive framework. In addition, this system facilitates the preparation of requisite documentation for aviation company representatives engaged in reconstruction and training endeavors, thereby engendering significant operational facilitation and improvements. 2. Training of Technical and Vocational Aviation Personnel The country’s aviation sector, bifurcated into civil aviation traffic and non-military aviation technology, offers tuition-free enrollment to students from all 34 provinces via nationwide university entrance examinations. Over the past year, hundreds of students have been recruited and trained across technical and vocational disciplines within the national aviation domain, with the majority currently engaged in various technical and vocational capacities within the aviation sector. 3. Activation of Simulator Tower Devices The air traffic control simulator, which simulates real flight environments and positions for students, has been activated. This device provides practical training to non-military aviation students in air traffic control. Previously managed temporarily by foreign companies at a significant cost of $70,000 annually, it has now been permanently activated without any costs due to the efforts of domestic engineers. The air traffic control simulator device, meticulously engineered to simulate flight environments and positions for aviation trainees, has been activated. Through this sophisticated apparatus, non-military aviation trainees undergo practical training in air traffic control. Notably, this device, formerly managed on a temporary basis by foreign entities at considerable expense, with an annual operational outlay of $70,000, it has now been permanently activated without any costs due to the efforts of domestic engineering personnel. 4. Assessment of Airline Aircraft For the first time, the Airbus A300-310 airline aircraft’s Check C20 process of Ariana Afghan Airlines, which used to take six months and cost $1.3 million, is now being conducted by Ariana Afghan Airlines’ technical and vocational team within 28 working days at approximately $200,000 in accordance with global standards under the re-established Islamic Emirate. Similarly, in the past year, the Check-C+D process for Boeing 737, C-20, and Boeing 737-500 aircraft has been initiated and successfully completed within the country, which is considered a major achievement in the country’s aviation sector. B. Road Transportation Ministry of Public Works, responsible for the preservation, protection, and reconstruction of national and regional roads and highways, funds developmental projects within the transportation sector. Following the reinstatement of the Islamic Emirate, external financiers of development and infrastructural projects have abstained from funding, exacerbating the serious challenges faced by the current government due to economic sanctions imposed on Afghanistan. Despite these obstacles and sanctions, the Islamic Emirate has achieved tangible results within the aforementioned sector over the past year, among which the most significant are as follows:

 

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