Azizi seeks donor help for resuming stalled projects
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The governor on Tuesday called for assistance from donor countries to resume work on stalled economic development and reconstruction projects in different districts of southern Kandahar province.
Peter Semneby said his visit to Kandahar was aimed assessing the security situation and donor activities. It was his second trip to Kandahar and he first visited the province three years ago. The ambassador noted the development taking place during the past three years.
Richard Danziger said he wanted to assess the situation of refugees who had returned from Pakistan and Iran to the southern zone, particularly to Kandahar. His organistaion would work jointly with the international community to assist the returnees.
Governor Azizi briefed the visiting officials about the security situation of the province and the overall security situation had improved because people were tired of the war and wanted peace.
The governor said he had been trying to strengthen local governance and bring about reforms since taking office. He said best services to the people could be delivered only when governance was strengthened.
He said his efforts at improving coordination among provincial departments had borne positive results.
The governor said economic development and reconstruction projects had come to a halt in districts and their completion needed international assistance.
He said seven of the 17 districts in Kandahar lacked administrative buildings and called on aid-giving countries to extend their support in this regard.
The governor also said only four percent people in Kandahar had access to clean drinking water and 40 percent people to health services, which needed generous international contribution to be strengthened.
Azizi said 1500 families had returned to Kandahar this solar year from Pakistan and Iran, and they had not been assisted as required. Land has been made available for a township for returning families, but the project could not start due to lack of funds.
The governor also urged the IOM mission head to assist the Afghan government in facilitating the return of refugees living in foreign countries. The meeting also conferred on electronic ID cards, a test distribution of which is scheduled to start on August 19.
The governor said the electronic ID cards’ distribution besides other benefits would result in transparent future elections, calling it a big achievement of the government.
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