Summary record on Afghan-German cooperation singed
KABUL (PAN): Finance minister Omar Zakhilwal on Thursday signed the summary record of the government negotiations on Afghan-German Development Cooperation in 2011 with Dirk Niebel, federal minister for economic cooperation and development (BMZ) of Germany, the ministry said.
At the government negotiations held at the end of February in Kabul, the BMZ initially pledged 133 million euros to the Afghan government for 2011, to be used for further reconstruction and development measures, particularly in the northern part of the country, the fiancé ministry said in a statement.
Both sides agreed their cooperation will focus on the key development areas of education, energy, water, sustainable economic growth and, in particular, on strengthening administration at the provincial and district levels this year.
Niebel, underlining the success of Afghan-German development cooperation achieved so far, announced a further envisaged commitment of up to 110 million euros for 2011.
The provision of this funding by Germany is tied to visible progress being made toward the implementation of mutually agreed reform projects which Afghanistan had made a commitment to carry out at the London (January 2010) and Kabul (July 2010)conferences.
“Our reason for dividing this year’s commitment into two installments is that we want to create additional incentives for the Afghan government to accelerate its reform efforts with regard to improving governance, combating corruption and protecting human rights, especially the rights of women,” said Niebel.
Zakhilwal provided his guest with information about a range of topics, including the status of the Kabul process, the progress that has been made with regard to resolving the crisis involving Kabul Bank, and the existing strategy to combat corruption.
“We are very pleased to see that the German contribution reflects Afghan priorities. We hope that this is the beginning of a trend that will lead to more Afghan ownership of development assistance, and the transition of support to the national budget as our capacity for sound and transparent management grows," Zakhilwal said.
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