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Britain pledges MoF $60m in aid

Britain pledges MoF $60m in aid

Mar 14, 2011 - 19:18

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): The UK on Monday pledged $60 million (2,715,000,000 afghanis) to the Afghan Ministry of Finance for capacity building of civil servants.

A contract to the effect was signed between finance minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal and UK Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchel in Kabul.

Talking to reporters after singing the contract, Zakhilwal said the Afghan government prepared a plan 18 months ago and had asked the international community for technical assistance to Afghan entities in order to enhance their capacity.

He said the international community approved the plan and England was the first country announcing its support to the initiative. The money pledged by UK would be spent within coming two years, he said.

However, he said the appointment of Afghan advisers would be given a priority.

Currently 120 advisers are working in more than 10 ministries and other state bodies.

Zakhiwal said an average of five advisers would be assigned to each minister.

Adnrew Mitchel said his country would provide another 710 million pounds to Afghanistaninfo-icon sectors in coming four years.

He said advisers had been beneficial in enhancing the capacity of Afghan civil institutions.


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