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    JCMB approves aid management policy

    KABUL (PAN): The Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB), with representatives from the Afghan government and the international fraternity, on Tuesday approved an aid management policy and funds for national priority programmes.

    The board’s 19th meeting, co-chaired by Minister of Finance Dr. Omar Zakhilwal and UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Ján Kubiš, acknowledged the progress made on the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework (TMAF).

    A number of ministers, deputy ministers, senior government officials, ambassadors of 37 countries and representatives of civil society organisations and the private sector attended the meeting.

    Zakhilwal remarked: “The momentum generated by the government under TMAF is proof of its ability and political will to meet its commitments to the Afghan people and the international community. Today’s endorsement of the aid management policy will also help secure maximum aid dividends.”

    Kubiš said the JCMB meeting demonstrated the continuation of the strong partnership and cooperation between the Afghan government and the global community through the progress on the implementation of the TMAF, endorsement of four national priority programmes as well as the aid management policy.

    The national priority programmes endorsed by donors for funding are water and natural resource Development, comprehensive agriculture and market development, national energy supply programme and efficient and effective governance.