Pajhwok poised to launch mining website
KABUL: Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN) is all poised to launch a separate website dedicated to the mining sector, luring investment and disseminating basic information about Afghanistan’s vast natural resources.
The( www.mines.af ) in Pashto, Dari and English languages offers an overview of the existing mines, as well as photos and videos of the sites. Over the past decade, PAN has been releasing breaking news, videos and photos concerning the country and its immediate neighbourhood.
In addition, PAN has been a reliable and principal source of information for 300 Afghan media outlets on a wide range of subjects, including politics, society, arts, human rights, business, education, reconstruction, entertainment and sports.
One overriding objective behind the new website is to enrich the insight into Afghanistan’s enormous mineral wealth and suggest ways of exploiting it to the country’s benefit.
It also gives profiles of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, a biography of the minister and his deputy, maps of mine sites, investment facilities, mining companies, contracts, the overall industry, exports, workers and geological surveys.
Fifty Pajhwok correspondents across Afghanistan regularly file reports on the country’s mining revenue, environmental effects, excavation, exports, smuggling and safety measures for miners. They also lend due projection to public perceptions of the mining process.
A five-member group of mentors is currently training reporters on enhancing their reporting skills and research capacity. On completing the training programme, the reporters will be given a variety of assignments.
Pajhwok also plans to arrange a national conference on challenges to the development of the mining sector and bring out a trilingual (Pashto, Persian and English) magazine focused on this vital sector of the economy.
Pajhwok Editor-in-Chief Danish Karokhel says the news agency, with 10 years of variegated experience in the field of journalism, is trying to provide readers with accurate information based on research and analysis on mines and the ongoing election process.
Founded in 2004, Pajhwok is a leading News Agency of Afghanistan, headquartered in Kabul and having regional offices in provincial capitals and major cities.
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