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National programs a priority, Ghani tells WB official

National programs a priority, Ghani tells WB official

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May 03, 2017 - 20:29

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday said his government gave priority to national programs with main focus on Afghan children and their educationinfo-icon.

President Ghani, during a meeting with Worldinfo-icon Bank’s vice president Jan Walliser at the Presidential Palace, asked organizations and institutions who had good achievements to jointly work for implementation of national programs under a single roof.

A statement from the Presidential Palace to Pajhwok Afghan News said the World Bank officials briefed the meeting on its activities and their effect in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Walliser, referring to the World Bank experience and activities, sought information about the Afghan government’s priorities over the next three years and reforms in social and judicial institutions and improvement in implementing agencies’ affairs in Afghanistan.

He called projects the bank had implemented in Afghanistan as effective, saying the general revenue had increased by 10.7 percent in 2016 and 70 percent domestic expenses were paid from the national revenue.

He said the World Bank’s assistance for reforms and civil service delivery in Afghan public sector institutions had quadrupled since 2002 up till now-- from $225 million to $850 million.  

He said the World Bank, while considering the Afghan government’s priorities, would also assist mines extraction and other sectors.

President Ghani said the unity government prioritized national programmes and the Afghan children had been main focus and priority.”

The president said in addition to the Ministry of Education, other ministries should also jointly work and pave the way for education and related facilities for children.

About Afghan refugees who returned from neighboring countries last year, the president said the government of Afghanistan had provided shelter to hundreds of thousands of returnees last year.

He said the government through national programs would seriously give attention to improving living stand and economic situation of womeninfo-icon, impoverished individuals and the youth.

“Administrative corruption has a negative impact on our people’s lives, to curb this phenomenon, we will work in the framework of national programs in order to pave the way widespread reforms in the capital and provinces.”

Minister of economic, deputy finance minister, acting minister of mines and petroleum and senior presidential advisor on strategic and public relations were also present on the occasion.

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