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THE BAYAT FOUNDATION AND BRIGHT FUTURES AFGHANISTAN COMPLETE SECOND SUCCESSFUL JOBS AND EMPLOYMENT FAIR FOR AFGHAN YOUTH

Second Jobs Fair Effort Yields Job Offers and Success For University Graduates

Kabul, Afghanistan—May 7, 2018—The Bayat Foundation (www.bayatfoundation.org), Afghanistan’s largest, private, non-profit Health, Education and Social Development Organization, demonstrated its strong and unshakable commitment to helping develop an Afghan economy that can provide jobs for all Afghans, with the successful completion of its second “Bright Futures Jobs Fair,” which was held on April 30, 2018 at the Bayat Media Center in Kabul.

The Bright Futures Jobs Fair brought together leading Afghan businesses and recent university graduates for the purpose of providing the university graduates with information about each company participating in the jobs fair, as well as an opportunity to apply for internship and employment positions with each company.

Approximately 100 university graduates attended the April 30th Jobs Fair, where they had the opportunity to meet with executives from Afghan companies operating in a diverse range of industries, including the Telecom, Media, Energy, Education and legal sectors. The second Bright Futures Jobs Fair ended on a strong and successful note, with employment offers extended to a significant number of the university graduates participating in the Jobs Fair program.

The Bright Futures Jobs Fair represents a vital part of the multi-year Afghan economic development program sponsored by Bright Futures Afghanistan, a consortium of four Afghan  non-profit organizations: The Bayat Foundation, Cordaid (www.cordaid.org), the 1% Club (www.onepercentclub.com), and the Hamika Baramaki Organization for the Rule of Law (www.hborl.org.af). Bright Futures is a five-year program designed to teach important business skills to Afghan entrepreneurs and to create a thriving Afghan private sector of small and medium sized enterprises (SME’s), capable of providing thousands of employment opportunities to Afghans—especially Afghan youth.

“We’re proud of every graduate who participated in the second Bright Futures Jobs Fair, and we wish them all tremendous success,” said Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, the Co-Founder and Chairman of The Bayat Foundation.

“We want our young men and women to be able to stay in Afghanistan, to thrive in Afghanistan and to contribute their talents to the rebuilding of our country,” Dr. Bayat said. “It’s absolutely critical that the Bayat Foundation and the other members of Bright Futures Afghanistan, work to build a new Afghan economy that supports entrepreneurship and the creation of new businesses that can provide jobs, opportunity and hope to all Afghan men, women, children, and families.”

About the Bayat Foundation:

Since 2005, the US-based Bayat Foundation, a 501 c (3) charitable organization, has promoted the well-being of the Afghan people. Founded and directed by Ehsanollah Bayat and Fatema Bayat, the Foundation has contributed to more than 300 projects dedicated to improving the quality of life for the youth, women, poor, and elderly of Afghanistan; including construction of 13 maternity hospitals that have now treated over 2,000,000 mothers and babies.

Projects have included the construction of new facilities and sustainable infrastructure in needy regions, and the promotion of health, education, economic, and cultural programs. In addition to his charitable initiatives, Ehsanollah Bayat founded Afghan Wireless (AWCC) in 2002, which was the first GSM wireless and Internet Service Provider in Afghanistan, and later established Ariana Radio and Television Network (ATN), which includes Ariana Radio (FM 93.5). For more information, please email info@bayatfoundation.org.

SCORE! ARIANA TELEVISION TO BROADCAST 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIA FOOTBALL ATN Selected As Afghanistan’s Official Broadcaster Of 2018 World Cup Tournament For Second Consecutive Time

Kabul, Afghanistan—May 4, 2018—Ariana Television Network (ATN) (www.arianatelevision.com), Afghanistan’s premier broadcaster of award-winning television and radio programming to 25,000,000 Afghans, announced today that The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Football’s international governing body, has named ATN as Official Broadcaster for the 2018 FIFA World CupTM for the country of Afghanistan.  FIFA has granted ATN the exclusive Media Rights License to broadcast the competition, by means of cable, satellite, and terrestrial transmission in Afghanistan.

ATN’s selection by FIFA as its World CupTM media partner marks the second consecutive time that FIFA has designated ATN as Afghanistan’s only authorized broadcaster of World Cup Football.

Russia is the host nation for 2018’s World Cup Competition. ATN’s audience of more than 25,000,000 viewers, will be spectators to some of the world’s most exciting and fiercely competitive football, hosted in cities throughout Russia, including: Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad Kazan, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-On-Don, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Saint Petersburg
and Volgograd.

“FIFA’s selection of ATN as its World Cup Broadcast Partner—for the second time—proves beyond any doubt that ATN is Afghanistan’s leading network,” said Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, the Founder of ATN and the Chairman of The Bayat Group. “Afghans love football, and we are proud to once again bring this competition among the world’s  best national football teams to our viewing audience so that all Afghans can collectively enjoy the skills, teamwork, and spirit of fair play that characterizes World CupTM.”

About ATN:

Launched in 2005 by Mr. Ehsan Bayat, Founder of ATN and the Chairman of The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), ARIANA Television (ATN) and Radio Ariana 93.5 are the largest private media channels in Afghanistan, covering 33 of 34 provinces and reaching over 20,000,000 Afghans.

Focusing on information, content and entertainment that rekindles Afghanistan’s traditions and culture, ATN’s programming places particular emphasis on education, health, children’s programming, women’s and world issues, and we take great pride in broadcasting accurate, unbiased news to our audience.

ATN provides the Afghan Nation with a “Window for a Better Tomorrow”, by exposing our radio and television audiences to the best of international arts & culture and expanding opportunities for Afghan writers, producers, actors, and directors. Along with our affiliated enterprises – The Afghan Wireless Communication Company – and The Bayat Family Foundation, we employ and train more than 6,500 Afghans throughout the country and we are proud to have Afghans building and broadcasting ATN / Ariana 93.5 for all of Afghanistan.

BAYAT GROUP FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN DR. EHSAN BAYAT DELIVERS KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO AFGHAN AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE

Championing Private Sector Growth and Innovation Were Primary Themes of April 25th Address Delivered By Afghanistan’s Leading Business Executive and Philanthropist

Kabul, Afghanistan—May 1, 2018—The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), Afghanistan’s largest private company and employer, whose divisions include market-leaders Afghan Wireless (www.afghan-wireless.com), Ariana Television, (www.arianatelevision.com), ATN News (www.ariananews.af), Bayat Energy (www.bayat-energy.com) and other enterprises, announced today that Bayat Group Founder and Chairman Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, delivered the keynote address at the annual Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC)  Business Conference, which was held from April 24-26 2018, in Washington, DC.  Dr. Bayat will delivered the event’s keynote remarks on April 25, 2018.

Addressing a highly select delegation of Afghan and American corporate executives, emerging entrepreneurs and high-ranking government officials, Dr. Bayat’s speech presented his ideas for developing an Afghan economy that can provide prosperity and opportunity to all the nation’s citizens.

Dr. Bayat’s speech also described The Bayat Group’s innovative and transformative role within Telecommunications, Energy and other vital sectors of Afghanistan’s economy. Examples of the Company’s innovation include:

  • 2017’s launch by Afghan Wireless, of Afghanistan’s first 4G LTE network;
  • Bayat Power’s recently approved construction of Bayat Power-1, phase 1 of a three-phase 200 MW power plant, which is Afghanistan’s first new gas to energy power plant in over forty years.

In addition to Dr. Bayat’s keynote address, Bayat Group senior executives took leadership roles on panel discussions which examined the development of Afghanistan’s Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) sector, and increasing investment opportunities within the nation’s Energy and Infrastructure sectors.

“The AACC Conference is one of the world’s most important venues for bringing together business executives, government officials and other key leaders who have the ideas, capacity,

capital—and determination—to move Afghanistan forward,” said Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, the Founder and Chairman of The Bayat Group.

“I’m honored to have delivered the AACC keynote address and I’m proud of the contributions made by The Bayat Group and The Bayat Foundation in Afghanistan, which have provided jobs, opportunity and hope to millions of Afghans.”

About Bayat Group

Founded by Mr. Ehsan Bayat, The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), is Afghanistan’s most prominent diversified services company, comprising Media and Telecoms (Afghan Wireless, Ariana TV/Radio), Energy and Mining (Bayat Energy), Construction, Security and Logistics Enterprises. A leader of Afghan-based economic development, The Bayat Group provides employment to more than 6,000 Afghans through its direct operations and employs more than 100,000 other Afghan citizens through its ecosystem of dealers and vendors.

GOVERNMENT OF AFGHANISTAN, BAYAT POWER SIGN AGREEMENT APPROVING BAYAT-1 POWER PROJECT

Bayat-1 Power Plant, To Be Built In Jowzjan Province Will Supply Enough Electric Power For More Than 1,000,000 Afghans and Businesses

Kabul, Afghanistan—April 1, 2018—Bayat Power, the power production division of Bayat Energy (www.bayat-energy.com), Afghanistan’s largest Afghan-owned Energy Exploration, Development and Production Company, announced today that the Government of The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA), provided final approval for the construction of Bayat Power-1, Bayat Power’s Gas-to Electricity Power Plant, which will be located in Sheberghan, the capital city of Jowzjan Province.

During an official signing ceremony presided over by President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan at The Presidential Palace in Kabul, His Excellency, Aman Ghalib, CEO of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), of Afghanistan, and Dr. Ehsan Bayat, Founder and CEO of Bayat Power, signed the final GIRoA-Bayat Power-1 Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and Implementation Agreement. The signing ceremony was attended by many high ranking governmental officials, including Dr. Mohammad Qayoumi, Senior Advisor to The President for Infrastructure, Mr. Ajmal Ahmady, Senior Advisor to The President for Economy and Banking, Mr. Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance and Ms. Nargis Nehan, the Acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum.

The Bayat Power-GIRoA PPA, authorizes the sale of 40 MW of electrical generation capacity —enough power for 1,000,000 Afghans and businesses—from the Bayat Power-1 Plant to The Government of Afghanistan. The electric power generated from Bayat Power-1 will be distributed through Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (https://main.dabs.af/) (DABS), Afghanistan’s National Power Company.

The approval of The Bayat Power-1 Power plant, together with Bayat Power’s Power Purchase Agreement with the Government of Afghanistan—the first ever Gas to Power PPA concluded between an Afghan-owned energy producer and the Afghan government—provides both parties with important advantages, including:

  • The development of an Afghan-owned energy exploration, production, generation and distribution sector, which will strengthen Afghanistan’s energy self-sufficiency.
  • A long term, recurring revenue stream for The Government of Afghanistan, through the sale of natural gas.
  • The provision of electric power that is stable, scalable and affordable to the people of Afghanistan.

Bayat Power-1 will generate power using a series of advanced Siemens SGT-45 mobile turbines, which are designed and manufactured in Houston, Texas. The construction and operation of Bayat Power-1 will help create scores of jobs in America, and also, a future of energy independence for Afghanistan.

“This final approval for the construction of Bayat Power-1, together with the execution of our Power Purchase Agreement with the Government of Afghanistan means that we can now provide power to an additional 1,000,000 Afghans and businesses,” said Dr. Ehsan Bayat, the Founder of Bayat Power and the Chairman of The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com).

“We are thankful for the support of the Afghan Government and for their assistance in developing the nation’s natural resources,” Dr. Bayat said.

“We’re an Afghan company, committed to developing Afghanistan’s rich natural gas reserves, so that we can provide Afghans with reliable and affordable electric power,” Dr. Bayat said. “Investing in Afghanistan’s domestic energy industry—and increasing our nation’s energy production—will drive Afghanistan’s economic growth, and help create new industries, jobs and opportunities which will benefit our entire country.”

About Bayat Energy:

Bayat Energy is Afghanistan’s leading Afghan Owned Oil and Gas exploration, Development and Production Company. Founded by Dr. Ehsan Bayat, the Chairman of The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), Bayat Energy is a division of The Bayat Group of companies, which include Afghan Wireless (www.afghan-wireless.com) Ariana Television and Radio (www.arianatelevsion.com), and additional Construction, Consumer and Logistics Enterprises. Learn more about how Bayat Energy is building an Afghan energy industry which will provide affordable, accessible to the Afghan people by visiting our website: www.bayat-energy.com

THE BAYAT FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF THE BAYAT INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AT THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF AFGHANISTAN

Architecturally Arresting 32,000 Square Foot Facility Will Serve as Region’s Most Advanced Center For Scientific and Technological Research, Education and Scholarship

Kabul, Afghanistan—March 15, 2018—The Bayat Foundation (bayatfoundation.org), Afghanistan’s largest, private philanthropic Health, Education and Social Development organization, announced today that the Foundation has completed the construction of The Bayat Institute of Technology (BIT), a new, 32,000 square foot Science and Technology Teaching and Research Center, located at The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

The Bayat Institute of Technology is located at the heart of AUAF’s flagship campus in Kabul City. The mission of The Bayat Institute of Technology is to enable members of the AUAF community to undertake rigorous teaching and research which increases Afghanistan’s collective engineering, scientific and technical knowledge, while also providing strong support for Afghan led scientific and technological innovation and entrepreneurship.

In addition to underwriting the construction of The Bayat Institute of Technology, The Bayat Foundation has established a ten-year, $1,000,000 endowment fund which will be used to defray the building’s operational costs.

When The Bayat Institute of Technology officially opens to the AUAF community in Spring 2018, AUAF’s students and faculty will have access to BIT’s seven new laboratories, including three Media and Technology Labs, an IT Lab as well as new Chemistry, Physics and Biology Laboratories. AUAF students will learn about the latest developments in Science and Technology within BIT’s six new lecture halls. In addition to these state of the art teaching and research facilities, The Bayat Institute of Technology will provide AUAF Faculty and Students with additional services and amenities, including:

 

  • Two Prayer Halls
  • 22 New Faculty Offices
  • Lecture Hall
  • Library
  • A Rooftop Leisure Center
  • Atrium Social Center

The Bayat Institute of Technology’s advanced facilities are contained within the newest and most architecturally distinguished academic building within the region. With its gleaming alabaster colored exterior and its interiors bathed in natural light cascading through the buildings numerous windows, The Bayat Institute of Technology was developed using a portfolio of forward-leaning methods of sustainable design and construction. The building’s centralized Atrium enables the natural circulation of air, and the building’s illumination is provided with a combination of LED lighting and natural light. Repurposed marble, together with gypsum, aluminum and porcelain were incorporated within the building’s earthquake resistant structure.

“The Bayat Institute of Technology at AUAF is among the most architecturally distinguished and structurally sound academic buildings developed by—and built by—Afghans,” said Mr. Hamid Rahin, the Vice President of Infrastructure for The Bayat Group. “The building is a remarkable example of Afghan skill, craftsmanship and determination.”

“The Bayat Institute of Technology at The American University of Afghanistan is a powerful example of the partnership between The Bayat Foundation and AUAF—a partnership that is providing AUAF’s students with an academically rigorous and valuable scientific and technical education,” said Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, the Co-Founder and Chairman of The Bayat Foundation.

“And it is together, in the spirit of enduring and unbreakable partnership, that The Bayat Foundation and AUAF will help educate a new generation of Afghan leaders,” Dr. Bayat said. “We are committed to provide opportunities for learning to all Afghans living everywhere throughout our nation.”

About the Bayat Foundation:

Since 2005, the US-based Bayat Foundation, a 501 c (3) charitable organization, has promoted the well-being of the Afghan people. Founded and directed by Ehsanollah Bayat and Fatema Bayat, the Foundation has contributed to more than 300 projects dedicated to improving the quality of life for the youth, women, poor, and elderly of Afghanistan; including construction of 13 maternity hospitals that have now treated over 2,000,000 mothers and babies.

Projects have included the construction of new facilities and sustainable infrastructure in needy regions, and the promotion of health, education, economic, and cultural programs. In addition to his charitable initiatives, Ehsanollah Bayat founded Afghan Wireless (AWCC) in 2002, which was the first GSM wireless and Internet Service Provider in Afghanistan, and later established Ariana Radio and Television Network (ATN), which includes Ariana Radio (FM 93.5). For more information, please email info@bayatfoundation.org.

ARIANA TELEVISION NETWORK BRINGS 2018 WINTER OLYMPICS TO AFGHANISTAN Twice-Daily Olympics Broadcasts Showcases ATN’s Role As Afghanistan’s Foremost Television Network

Kabul, Afghanistan—February 20, 2018—The 2018 Winter Olympic Games have come to Afghanistan, via twice-daily broadcasts on the Ariana Television Network (ATN) (www.arianatelevision.com). ATN, Afghanistan’s premier broadcaster of award winning programming to 25,000,000 Afghans is now the nation’s only broadcast network providing regularly scheduled coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea.

ATN launched its Olympics programming on February 9, 2018, with live coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremonies. From February 9, 2018 through February 21, 2018, ATN will provide twice-daily Olympics programming: a daily live broadcast of the Olympic Games from 11:30AM to 12:30PM and a pre-recorded evening program, covering the best of the day’s Olympic events, is available on ATN from 9:00PM to 10:00PM.

“ATN’s twice-daily broadcasts of the 2018 Olympic Games—Afghanistan’s only network providing regularly scheduled coverage of the Olympics—is the latest example of ATN’s commitment to provide Afghans with the world’s most important and engaging Sports, Information and Entertainment,” said Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, the Founder of ATN and the Chairman of the Bayat Group.  “We are proud to be bring the Olympic spirit of teamwork, fair competition, and international cooperation to Afghan viewers.”

About ATN:

Launched in 2005 by Mr. Ehsan Bayat, Founder of ATN and the Chairman of The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), ARIANA Television (ATN) and Radio Ariana 93.5 are the largest private media channels in Afghanistan, covering 33 of 34 provinces and reaching over 20,000,000 Afghans.

Focusing on information, content and entertainment that rekindles Afghanistan’s traditions and culture, ATN’s programming places particular emphasis on education, health, children’s programming, women’s and world issues, and we take great pride in broadcasting accurate, unbiased news to our audience.

ATN provides the Afghan Nation with a “Window for a Better Tomorrow”, by exposing our radio and television audiences to the best of international arts & culture and expanding opportunities for Afghan writers, producers, actors, and directors. Along with our affiliated enterprises – The Afghan Wireless Communication Company – and The Bayat Family Foundation, we employ and train more than 6,500 Afghans throughout the country and we are proud to have Afghans building and broadcasting ATN / Ariana 93.5 for all of Afghanistan.

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