Massoud stresses govt-civil society partnership
KABUL (Pajhwok): President’s Special Representative for Reforms and Good Governance Ahmad Zia Massoud on Thursday said partnership among civil society groups and between them and the government was essential for addressing political, social and economic challenges.
Addressing a conference organised by the Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS) in Kabul, Massoud said such partnership would help better represent all sections of the society and promote the spirit of jointly solving problems.
The conference “Partnership for Public Interest” was attended by representatives from civil society groups, the private sector and government officials.
Massoud added the government was trying to improve partnerships between the government, the private sector and civil society groups for the sake of economic and political stability.
“Our country’s economy has effectively improved during the past decade due to contributions by different groups and each group reflects its own interests,” Massoud said.
He praised civil society organisations for their efforts to resolve people’s problems during the past decade.
AICS delegation director Habiba Surabi, also advisor to Chief Executive Officer (CEO), said all developing countries experienced political, social and economic problems.
She said partnership among various sections of the society was the only way to address these challenges and remove hurdles to development.
“It is natural for a country to have a weak government and weak infrastructure after suffering from decades of war and violence,” she added.
Surabi said besides the partnerships, the security situation should also be improved for achieving economic prosperity.
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