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Germany pledges over 20b afghanis in aid to Afghanistan

Germany pledges over 20b afghanis in aid to Afghanistan

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Sep 27, 2018 - 19:57

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Germany has pledged 20 billion afghanis in aid to Afghanistaninfo-icon to help the country strengthen good governance, stabilize economy and develop infrastructures.

Officials said 9.1 billion afghanis of the German assistance would be spent on good governance, 3.5 billion on economic development and jobs creation, five billion afs on urban and district infrastructures development and 1.6 billion afs on flexible programs.

Dr Henning Plate, the head of the Afghanistan/Pakistaninfo-icon division of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), while announcing the assistance in Kabul, said Germany would remain committed to developing Afghanistan.

He said the aim of the Afghan-German relationship was to strengthen livelihood of Afghans and hoped the Afghans would get rid of poverty, migrationinfo-icon, violence and extremism.

“Germany showed its commitment today that it would continue its support for fighting against corruption, people’s partnership in decision making process and improving good governance,” he said.

Naheed Sarabi, deputy finance minister, said Germany pledged to donate 20.7 billion afghanis (243 million Euros) based on an agreement signed between Mohammad Hamayon Qayumi, acting finance minister, and Dr. Plate on Wednesday.

She said 62 million Euros of the assistance would be spend through the fund for reconstructioninfo-icon of Afghanistan and government system and the rest would be spent on projects according to priorities.

Peter Prügel, the German envoy to Afghanistan, said: “Germany is committed to long term investment in the civil and economic areas of Afghanistan.”

He said improving good governance and people’s livelihood in Afghanistan was key to creating a peaceful environmentinfo-icon for the war-weary nation.

In return for the Germany assistance, he said, the Afghan government was expected to hold on to its reform agenda, fighting corruption, observing womeninfo-icon’s rights and economic partnership.

“The Afghan-German authority would strengthen cooperation with Afghan partners in future, but our assistance may decline if we do not see any progress on reforms,” he concluded.

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