Hakimi, Canadian envoy discuss OCB meeting agenda
KABUL (Pajhwok): Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi and Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan Deborah Lyons on Tuesday discussed the agenda for the next full level Oversight and Coordinating Body (OCB) meeting to be held in late October.
The OCB meeting will be attended by high-level representatives from the Afghan ministries of finance, defence, interior and embassies of Australia, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Bulgaria, Finland, Canada, US, UK, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Korea, Japan, the UAE and Turkey.
Other officials will represent the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A), Law and Order Trust Fund-Afghanistan (LOTFA), and the European Union (EU) to review the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) requirements as outlined by the government of Afghanistan, a statement from the Ministry of Finance said.
Hakimi and Lyons agreed that the next full level meeting has to give the donor community confidence in the Afghan system, and pave the road to Warsaw, and Brussels.
Lyons took over the co-chairmanship of the Oversight and Coordinating Body (OCB) from the German Ambassador last June.
Established as a result of the 2012 Chicago Summit, OCB coordinates donor funding for Afghan security forces.
NATO allies and ISAF partners decided to provide support to the Afghan Nation Security Forces (ANSF), as appropriate, based on the understanding that the Afghan government will make increasing financial contributions to these efforts.
At the 2014 NATO Wales Summit, donor nations renewed their financial commitments to support the sustainment of the ANSF through the end of 2017.
The OCB was established to provide overall coordination of the funding contributed to ANSF and to ensure donors can confidently commit their support; while, strengthening transparent, accountable and cost-effective funding mechanisms.
The group meets on a recurring basis and consists of representatives from the donor nations and the Afghan government.
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