SOM satisfied with Afghan govt’s efforts: Hakimi
KABUL (Pajhwok): Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi on Saturday said the international Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) was satisfied with the Afghan government’s year-long activities.
The minister was talking to reporters in Kabul at a joint press conference with United Nations secretary general’s special representative for Afghanistan Nicholas Haysom after the meeting.
Hakimi thanked the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) office for its cooperation with the Afghan government in holding the meeting.
He said the SOM participants conferred in detail about pledges the Afghan government and the international community had made with each other.
He said the international community endorsed the Afghan government’s activities during the past one year at the meeting.
He also said the international community made some new pledges towards Afghanistan and the promises would be discussed at the next SOM conference to be held in the Belgium capital, Brussels, next year.
The finance minister said the heads of NATO member states would hold their meeting in Poland next year and the meeting was expected to renew their financial assistance pledges with Afghanistan.
Hakimi said the government had launched efforts at increasing its revenues and in this regard, the Cabinet had approved a policy.
The SOM participants expressed their satisfaction with efforts the Afghan government had launched to combat corruption, the minister said.
The UN special envoy called the SOM as important for Afghanistan and said various issues were discussed with donor countries and agencies.
Haysom said at the meeting, the international community acknowledged that Afghanistan faced a number of problems and challenges.
He said economic problems, political tension and insurgent attacks were the issues the Afghan government had been struggling with during the past one year.
“We understand the incumbent Afghan government has sincerely fought corruption and has a strong will in this regard,” he said.
Haysom said the Afghan government had made pledges to increase its revenues and properly bring into use the country’s natural resources.
The UN top diplomat in Kabul praised the Afghan government programme aimed at achieving self-reliance and said the international community would continue supporting Afghanistan beyond 2016.
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