Germany to help build 10 schools in Badakhshan
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): The German government pledged construction of buildings for 10 schools and embankment of Kukcha River in northeastern Badakhshan province under an agreement signed on Tuesday.
A Memorandum of Understating (MoU) on the projects was signed between Badakhshan Governor Ahmad Faisal Bikzad, contracted companies and Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) here on Tuesday.
The school buildings would be constructed in Argo, Draim, Kasham, Tashkan, Tagab, Yaftal Payan and Shar-i-Buzurg districts and Faizabad, the provincial capital. The retaining walls having a length of 1.8 kilometers would be built along the Kukcha River.
Implementation of the projects would take up to one year and would benefit around 50,000 people.
Governor Ahmad Faisal Bikzad at the MoU signing ceremony thanked Germany for its support to Afghanistan and said the two countries enjoyed close relations for a century.
“Germany in the past 15 years gave more attention to supporting infrastructural projects in Afghanistan and we thank Germany as a strong donor to our country,” he said.
Provincial council head, Ahmad Bashir Samim, said the local government should closely oversee implementation of the projects to prevent poor quality constructions.
Dr. Frank Pool, a commissioner of German Economic Cooperation and Development, said the 10 school buildings would be constructed in eight Badakhshan districts and the 1.8 kilomters retaining wall would control seasonal floods in the Kukcha River.
He said the project implementation would cost 4.3 million Euros to be paid by Germany.
“We assure Afghan people that Germany will continue to cooperate with Afghanistan in its development and reconstructions,” he said.
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