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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.

Ehsanollah Bayat, Chairman Of Afghan Wireless, Ariana Television, Receives Best Media And Telecom CEO Award From International Finance Magazine

Kabul, Afghanistan—January 19, 2018—Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) (www.afghan-wireless.com), the nation’s first mobile communications company, and the founder of Afghanistan’s mobile communications sector, announced today that Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, the founder of AWCC and the Chairman of The Bayat Group, has formally received International Finance Magazine’s (IFM) (www.internationalfinance.com) award for “Best Media and Telecommunications Chief Executive.”

International Finance Magazine provides the world’s leading executives with information, analysis and insights about developments within emerging economies and global financial markets. IFM presented Dr. Bayat with its award for Best Media and Telecoms Chief Executive during the organization’s fifth annual International Finance Awards Ceremony, which was held on January 18, 2018 at the Jumeriah Emirates Tower in Dubai, UAE.

IFM’s Best Media and Telecommunications Chief Executive Award celebrates leadership excellence in its purest form. IFM’s annual awards honor business leaders whose organizations have developed the most innovative products and within their sectors.

“When we founded AWCC, Afghanistan had had no international dialing code, no working landline service, and people had to walk to Pakistan in order to place an international call. Today, AWCC provides 4G LTE, High-Definition Voice, Data, Internet and Mobile Payment

Services to more than 5,000,000 subscribers living in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan,” said Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, the Founder of AWCC and Chairman of The Bayat Group. “Today, an

AWCC subscriber can now call anywhere in the world, bring their mobile device and roam in more than 125 nations, make mobile payments, or even live stream sporting events via Ariana Television, our company’s broadcast network,” Dr. Bayat said.

“These sixteen years of our work in Afghanistan have been both challenging and very rewarding. It has been a road of progress that we’ve been grateful to help build, and travel with our fellow Afghans,” Dr. Bayat said.

“Our selection by International Finance Magazine as Afghanistan’s Best Media and Telecom CEO is a welcome recognition of the progress that Afghan Wireless, Telephone Systems International, and The Bayat Group has made as a company—but much more importantly—this award acknowledges Afghanistan’s progress as a nation.”

About Afghan Wireless:

The Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) (www.afghan-wireless.com) is Afghanistan’s first wireless communications company and the founder of Afghanistan’s wireless communications market. Launched in 2002 by Mr. Ehsan Bayat, Chairman of The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), AWCC provides 4G LTE, 3.75G+, 3G, 2.5G, Voice, Data, Internet and Mobile Payment Services to more than five million Business and Consumer Clients, located in all of Afghanistan’s thirty-four provinces. The Company has global partnerships with 425 wireless carrier networks in 125 countries.

THE BAYAT FOUNDATION AND BRIGHT FUTURES AFGHANISTAN LAUNCH FIRST ANNUAL JOBS AND EMPLOYMENT FAIR FOR AFGHAN YOUTH

December 27, 2017 Event Generated Internship And Employment Opportunities For University Graduates

Kabul, Afghanistan—December 29, 2017—The Bayat Foundation (www.bayatfoundation.org), Afghanistan’s largest, private, non-profit Health, Education and Social Development Organization, announced today that the Foundation, together with its strategic partners, had launched and successfully conducted the first annual “Bright Futures Jobs Fair.” 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.

Scores of university graduates, together with a broad range of Afghanistan’s leading companies attended the Bright Futures Jobs Fair, which was held at the Bayat Media Center in Kabul. The event, which included presentations on the Bright Futures Initiative and Afghan economic development, helped drive positive and energetic discussions about employment and internship opportunities between representatives of the Afghan companies and the young university graduates.

The Bright Futures Jobs Fair represented the first project 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 rapidly accelerate the development of small and medium sized Afghan companies, teach critical business development skills to a new generation of Afghan entrepreneurs, and 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.

Representatives from The Bayat Foundation and The Bright Futures Initiative emphasized that developing a thriving Afghan economy requires a sustained, long term effort from the Afghan business community, governmental and non-profit organizations.

“The Bright Futures Job Fair is the first step—but a very important one—on the path to building a nation where every Afghan is free and able to create the best life possible for themselves and their families,” said Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, the Co-Founder and Chairman of The Bayat Foundation.

“Everyone involved in the Bright Futures Initiative—from Cordaid, The Bayat Foundation, our NGO Partners and the Afghan business community, must remain committed to do everything in our power to help Afghanistan’s youth—who are the future of our country—move forward,” Dr. Bayat said.

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.

INTERNATIONAL FINANCE MAGAZINE NAMES DR. EHSANOLLAH BAYAT, CHAIRMAN OF AFGHAN WIRELESS, ARIANA TELEVISION NETWORK, AS 2017’s BEST MEDIA AND TELECOM CEO

Bayat, Globally Renown Executive And Philanthropist, Receives Prestigious Award In Recognition Of Being Founder Of Afghan Telecoms Sector, And Committed Champion of Technological Innovation

Kabul, Afghanistan — September 10, 2017 — Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) (www.afghan-wireless.com), the nation’s first mobile communications company, the founder of Afghanistan’s mobile communications market and a leading provider of voice, data, entertainment and mobile payment services to over 5,000,000 consumers and businesses, announced today that Dr. Ehsan Bayat, the Founder of Afghan Wireless, the Ariana Television Network (ATN),  and the Chairman of The Bayat Group, (www.bayat-group.com),  has received the 2017 Best Media and Telecom CEO Award from International Finance Magazine (IFM).

International Finance Magazine (www.internationalfinance.com), which is published in 185 countries, provides the world’s leading executives with timely and vital information, analysis and insights about developments within global financial markets. IFM bestowed its most prestigious award upon Dr. Ehsan Bayat, in recognition of his historic position as the founding executive of Ariana Television Network—which broadcasts award winning programming to 25,000,000 Afghans, and for establishing Afghan Wireless—Afghanistan’s first wireless communications company.

As a direct result of Dr. Ehsan Bayat’s determination to build an innovative, thriving Afghan-owned communications company which would connect Afghans to one another—and the world—Dr. Bayat founded the Afghan mobile communications sector and built Afghan Wireless into Afghanistan’s largest wireless communications company.

AWCC provides world-class 4G LTE, 3.75G+ and 3G Voice, Data, Internet and My Money Mobile Payment Services to more than five-million subscribers who live in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan.   Afghan Wireless—together with its community of dealers, agents and representatives, has employed well over 100,000 Afghans.

Afghanistan’s wireless communications sector—the sector which was founded and built up by Dr. Bayat and Afghan Wireless—is the largest and most profitable segment of Afghanistan’s economy. Today, Afghanistan’s wireless communications sector provides the Afghan Government with more than 25% of all tax revenues collected in Afghanistan.

In 2017, both Afghan Wireless and ATN demonstrated their continuing commitment to technological innovation. In May 2017, Afghan Wireless launched its 4G LTE Service—the only 4G LTE network available in Afghanistan. The Company is also rapidly expanding its Mobile Payments and Valued Added Services (VAS) initiatives.

August 2017 saw ATN launch its high speed Internet based content streaming service. The new streaming service provides continuous, live streaming of all programming currently featured on ATN’s broadcast network.

“I’m honored to be selected by International Finance Magazine as 2017’s Best Telecom and Media CEO,” said Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, the Chairman of Afghan Wireless. “Success is a team effort, so this award is also a recognition of the loyalty and hard work contributed by everyone at Afghan Wireless, ATN, and the entire Bayat Group; their commitment has made our success possible.”

“All of us at AWCC, ATN and The Bayat Group are continually humbled by—and proud of—the opportunity we’ve been given to serve Afghans,” Dr. Bayat said. “We are proud that Afghan Wireless, ATN and every company that is part of The Bayat Group are enterprises built by Afghans for Afghans. And we look forward to serving the people of Afghanistan, to contributing to our nation’s growth and progress, for many, many years to come.”

About Afghan Wireless:

The Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) (www.afghan-wireless.com) is Afghanistan’s first wireless communications company and the founder of Afghanistan’s wireless communications market. Launched in 2002 by Mr. Ehsan Bayat, Chairman of The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), AWCC provides 4G LTE,  3.75G+, 3G, 2.5G,  Voice, Data, Internet and Mobile Payment Services to more than five million Business and Consumer Clients, located in all of Afghanistan’s thirty-four provinces. The Company has global partnerships with 425 wireless carrier networks in 125 countries.

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 / ATN News / ATN News FM for all of Afghanistan.

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