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Islamic Emirate at a glance

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

Part XVIII

By: Hashmat Nasiri

  1. Reconstruction of Highways During the past year, the Islamic Emirate has initiated the reconstruction of roads connecting the capital with northern, southern, and southwestern provinces as well as commercial ports with neighboring and regional countries nationwide. Additionally, the reconstruction of 781 kilometers of roads in various parts of the country has commenced. Furthermore, the reconstruction work on the Kabul-Kandahar highway in 7 phases, the reconstruction of the 170-kilometer Kandahar-Uruzgan, UruzganDahrawood, and Khakrez dual roads connecting Kandahar to the north of the country, and the ongoing construction of the dual Kandahar-Helmand roads linking Kandahar to Helmand, are underway. Moreover, the reconstruction of the Sheikh Abu Nasr Farahi port, one of the country’s most important commercial ports connecting Afghanistan to Iran through Farah province, with a length of 117 kilometers, of which 64 kilometers had been previously constructed, is currently undergoing reconstruction in its third and fourth sections. Similarly, the construction of a 153-meter bridge on the Kandahar-Herat highway with a cost of $400,000 has begun. The construction of a 300-meter steel-concrete bridge in the Sarshila area of Nimroz province and the Baski bridge in the areas of Zabul province have been completed and put into operation, and are among the most significant achievements accomplished during the past year. 2. Reconstruction of Salang Highway Last year, the reconstruction work on the Salang highway began. This highway is one of Afghanistan’s most important transit and economic highways, connecting 4 commercial ports and 9 northern provinces to Kabul. Salang Highway, after the Qush Tepa Canal, is the second national and economic project of the country, which, upon its reconstruction, will provide necessary transportation facilities for transferring commercial commodities from the north to the south of the country. 3. D e v e l o p m e n t a l Projects In the past year, 125 projects, totaling a value of 400 million Afghanis have been implemented, including road preservation and maintenance, bridges, footpaths, retaining walls, and protective barriers. In addition, 12,548 kilometers of roads in vulnerable areas of 34 provinces have been continuously protected and maintained, with 8,500 kilometers cleared of snow during the winter season, improving the accessibility for citizens and travelers. 4. Activation of Laboratories for Project Optimization In order to enhance the execution and quality of projects, the Islamic Emirate has refurbished inactive laboratory machinery and equipment, resulting in the expansion of material testing capabilities from 4 to 40 types. These laboratories, operational in 5 zones across the country, conduct tests on asphalt, cement, soil, concrete, aggregates, stone, and other construction materials. 5. Activation of Weighing Stations to Prevent Overloading To prevent the transportation of loads exceeding specified limits and to safeguard the roads, numerous weighing stations have been activated across the country. Presently, 41 weighing stations are operational in 21 provinces, with ongoing efforts to equip 24 monitoring buildings with solar power for continuous operation and control. 1. Enhancing Telecommunication Services Telecommunications services constitute a pivotal element fostering the growth and diversification of commerce, industry, education, healthcare, agriculture, and various other sectors. It plays an instrumental role in establishing an informed society and fostering enhanced operational coherence. With the re-establishment of the Islamic Emirate, a notable infusion of approximately $88 million USD, equivalent to 7.3 billion Afghanis, has been directed towards telecommunications investments, heralding a significant advancement within Afghanistan’s telecommunications landscape. These strategic investments have directly catalyzed employment opportunities for a collective cohort of 184,000 individuals, inclusive of 2,500 women, thereby bolstering the national workforce. Over the preceding year, the Islamic Emirate has undertaken a series of pivotal initiatives aimed at fortifying the quality and accessibility of telecommunications services. The salient endeavors include: A. Advancement in Information Technology Infrastructure Recent endeavors have been directed towards the augmentation of information technology infrastructure, exemplified by: 1. The establishment of a cybercrime laboratory to address cyber-related challenges. 2. Implementation of robust monitoring and management systems safeguarding the integrity and security of data centers and governmental websites. 3. Procurement and installation of 140 SSL certificates for governmental websites and email platforms, heightening the security protocols of online resources. Furthermore, over the past two years, a substantial investment of USD 8.9 million has been allocated towards expanding the fiber optic cable network, extending its reach to over 8,000 kilometers across the nation. This expansion has yielded a commendable revenue of USD 4.8 million during the aforementioned period. Moreover, developmental initiatives pertaining to fiber optic infrastructure have been greenlit across numerous provinces, including the central region, marking significant strides in this domain. B. Innovation in Technology Development Noteworthy innovations in technology development have transpired over the preceding year, encompassing: 1. Formulation of a comprehensive legal framework governing e-commerce operations within the country, facilitating streamlined procedural workflows. 2. Tailoring and implementation of e-commerce models in collaboration with pertinent governmental bodies and the private sector, disseminated nationwide. 3. Legalization of services and activities of the public and private sectors within the framework of the digital economy. 4. Promotion and development of the digital economy across all sectors. 5. Strategic planning and establishment of Local Content and Technologies (LCT) parks.

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