Monday April 7, 2014
Kabul (BNA) Following the formation of interim administration in 2001, Afghanistan once again became on the eye of international community and the country initiated renovation and rehabilitation of the basic social, economic infrastructures with the financial cooperation of the donor nations particularly the Federal Republic of Germany.
Officials of Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) have said that the German financial assistance to Afghanistan have brought visible change on lives of the Afghan people living in the villages and the concerned ministry has applauded the new strategy adopted by the German government regarding investments in Afghanistan.
“The German government so far has provided 655 million Euro to Afghanistan since 2002 in helping the country undertake rehabilitation and renovation programs particularly in village development sector, “Mohammad Dawoud Naeemi, Head of media department of MRRD said. “The aids could implement major growth on lives of the villages and the financial aids have been allocated in Badakhshan, Takhar, Kunduz, Samangan and Baghlan provinces, the money allocated to cover a number of important sectors such as health, energy, irrigation, good governance and capacity building programs and relief and rescue in emergency situations.” “From the total amount of aids raised by the German government $ 81 million were allocated for the projects covered by National Solidarity Programs and these projects have been very effective in perspectives of international community and the government of Afghanistan,” Naeemi said. “From 40,000 km village road, 23,000 km of it were established from the financial aids of Germany and the World Bank and this has left significant impacts on boosting incomes in the villages.” “Access of people to clean drinking water is raised by 30 percent from 2 percent, the money has been spent in close harmony with all concerns institutions and the accountability has been transparent,” he said. In the meantime, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) has said that implementation of the upper projects from German financial cooperation have been very successful in promoting the standard of lives of the villages in various regions of the country.
According to the Abdul Qadir Jailani, a spokesman to the Ministry of Finance (MoF) Germany has been the 3rd largest donor nations to Afghanistan over the last twelve years. “Germany has pledged to provide 430 million euro to Afghanistan until 2017 on the annual basis, 50 percent of the aids would be spend through Afghanistan National Budget, Germany has also formulated new strategy for support of Afghanistan and main focus would be paid on some key sectors including economic development, good governance health, education growth, capacity building of the government servants and access of people to clean drinking water,” MoF spokesman Abdul, Qadir Jailani said. “Germany wants Afghanistan to be the hub of investment.
“Soon Germany companies will invest in Afghanistan in mines, industry sectors and we strongly support Germans to come forward and invest in the country, Jailani added. Meanwhile, the Afghan people have expressed hope that alongside Germany other European and Asian investors will also focus on investing in Afghanistan. “Northern provinces have received tangible growth with the cooperation of German financial aids and people have received major advantages from the assistance, establishment of small capacity dams, construction of health centers are among the major accomplishments achieved from German cooperation” a resident of Balkh province Rahman Qol said. Alongside the United States and Britain, Germany has been the 3rd major donors to Afghanistan.
Monday April 7, 2014