Kabul calls for long-term international support
Chaired by President Ashraf Ghani, the Special Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) meeting was participated by Cabinet ministers, representatives of parliament, civil society and special UN representative in Afghanistan.
Ambassadors of foreign countries and representatives of international organizations were also in attendance at the meeting that evaluated recent developments and the Afghan government’s activities during the past one year.
According to the Afghan Ministry of Finance, the international community has pledged $4.1 billion in annual support with Afghan security forces in the Chicago conference in 2012 and $4 billion annually for sustainable development of Afghanistan in the Tokyo conference.
The joint board was established in 2006 in accordance with the draft of the United Nations Security Council and has so far discussed different issues such drafting joint policies, mutual accountability and better coordination through meetings with the government and donor countries.
Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi told a joint press with UN and European Union representatives that the meeting assessed and welcomed the Afghan government’s seven months activities.
He said the meeting was aimed to reaffirm the commitments of donor countries towards the Afghan security forces and development programmes in Afghanistan.
He said the Afghan government promised at the meeting that it would prepare a second strategy for national development to attain self-sufficiency and would present the plan in the Brussels conference to be held in October.
He said the strategy would focus on promoting domestic products and resources to change Afghanistan from importer to exporter.
Nicholas Haysom, the special UN representative in Kabul, said one of the aims of the meeting was to be prepared for the Warsaw conference.
In the two NATO conferences, Afghanistan is expected to get international support for its security forces for the next four years.
“The assistances are very important for Afghanistan and for the trust between Afghanistan and the international community,” Haysom said.
“I hope the pledges with Afghanistan will be kept and donor counties will invest in Afghanistan to provide work opportunities for local people,” he said.
EU special representative for Afghanistan, Franz Michael Mellbin said Afghanistan could not achieve peace in 2015 and therefore the international community took three key decisions to support Afghanistan.
The three decisions included the extension of the Resolute Support Mission of NATO; insist on financial commitments in the new two conferences of Warsaw and Brussels and maintaining the past achievements in Afghanistan through leading it toward peace,” he said.
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