‘Aid pledges show strong world support to Kabul’
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some political experts say the $15.2 billion aid the international community pledged at a just concluded conference in Brussels shows the world’s strong political and economic support to Afghanistan.
Representatives of 75 countries and 30 international organizations at the Brussels Conference announced their support to Afghanistan and pledged $15.2 billion in aid over the next four years.
Abdul Qayum Arif, a lecturer at economic faculty of Kabul University, told Pajhwok Afghan News the international support and aid to Afghanistan had a special importance for the Afghans.
“This support from the international community is a clear message to militants and our neighbors who always think negative for Afghanistan. This gives the Afghans hope for their future,” he said.
The enemies should know the Afghans were not alone, but they had the international community’s strong support, he said.
However, he added the aid should be used based on priorities and needs with full transparency and management.
Arif said some senior figures inside the government were still involved in financial and administration corruption who would try to pocket most of the aid.
He asked the government to use the aid for implementing big economic projects such as producing energy, extracting mines and other important projects by considering social justice.
Arif said such projects would also generate job opportunities for a large number of unemployed Afghans.
Mohammad Naseh, a political science lecturer at Kabul University, also said such great amount of donation and gathering of large number of world leaders in the Brussels Conference showed international community’s strong support to Afghanistan.
The speeches at the Brussels Conference empowered Afghanistan’s political position, he said. “It is now cleared on militants and our neighbors that Afghanistan is no longer it had been 14 years ago,” he added.
Naseh said the national unity government’s performance about fighting corruption in the past two years was the main reason behind success of the Brussels Conference.
The international community would probably not have announced such a strong support if the Anti-Corruption Justice Center had not been created and contracts not assessed by the National Procurement Commission, he said.
He stressed the Afghan government should decisively fight corruption and properly use the donations being given to Afghanistan.
Afghan officials vowed at the Brussels Conference decisively eliminating corruption, protecting women and children rights, improving governance and bringing reforms.
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