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Kandahar, Herat sign mutual cooperation agreements

Kandahar, Herat sign mutual cooperation agreements

Apr 04, 2019 - 15:35

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Mutual cooperation agreements in various fields were inked on Thursday between the municipalities of southern Kandahar and western Herat provinces.

The cooperation agreements were signed in areas of culture, economic, business, reconstructioninfo-icon, social development and sharing experiences at a ceremony in Kandahar City, the capital of Kandahar province.

Khan Wali Khan Basharmal, deputy chief of staff of the president, deputy director of the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) Abdul Baqi Popal and deputy minister of culture and information Rassoul Bawari attended the agreement’s signing ceremony.

Deputy economy minister Ajmal Abdul Rahimzai, deputy urban development minister and housing Eng. RokhanWalasmal were also present in the event besides a delegation from Kabulinfo-icon.

Kandahar governor Hayatullah Hayat, deputy governors of Kandahar and Herat, acting mayor, deputy mayor of Herat and other officials were also in attendance.

Governor Hayat said mutual agreements of cooperation between cities, provinces and countries were usual in different spheres of life.

He said Kandahar and Herat were economical, commercial, cultural and historical provinces of the country and transit routes.

TAPI, fiber optic and rail projects would further connect the two provinces and the mutual agreements would pave the way for joint cooperation and facilities in different areas.

Basharmal said it was due to President Ashraf Ghani special efforts that connected Afghanistaninfo-icon western, southern and middle eastern countries through the development of lapis lazuli route, Chabahar port and opening of air corridor with China.

He added the certain progress would take Afghanistan to strategic and systematic stability and the country would turn into a regional roundabout in near future, in which Kandahar and Herat would have special importance.

Abdul Baqi Popal said President Ghani had allocated $50 million for development projects in Kandahar and $30 million for job opportunities in the upcoming four years while around 50,000 people were provided jobs this year.

Ajmal Abdul Rahimzai said President Ghani had changed Afghanistan into an exporting country during the past four years through strong economic plans.

Other officials also expressed happiness over the country’s development and discussed the value of the agreements between the two provinces.


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