Germany’s RIDF launches operations in Samangan
AIBAK (Pajhwok): The German government’s Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) formally swung into action in northern Samangan province and opened a new office in Aibak on Monday.
RIDF staffers were introduced to the Samangan Provincial Development Committee at a two-day workshop for provincial department directors and engineers, according to a statement from the German Cooperation with Afghanistan.
“The RIDF is proud to start its collaboration with Samangan’s technical departments of electricity, rural development, the Khulm-Aibak river basin, education, public works and water supply,” it added.
The funding programme is aimed to improve Samangan’s infrastructure, including roads, hospitals and schools, as well as living standards for the rural and urban population.
In 2010, the fund swung into action in Badakhshan, Baghlan, Balkh, Kunduz and Takhar. It has since completed 32 infrastructure projects, including asphalted roads, river bank protection and reconstruction of irrigation canals.
Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) funds the programme through KfW Development Bank. The contract for rolling out the programme was awarded to the joint venture Grontmij-GOPA-INTEGRATION.
German Development Commissioner for Balkh and Samangan Florian Smitmans said at the start of the new activities: “The beginning of RIDF activities in Samangan marks an opportunity to allocate provincial budgets transparently in line with rational development considerations. The aim of the programme is therefore also to contribute to sound development through its selection of projects.”
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