New Conference Hall for Badakhshan’s Provincial Governor Office Completed

19.02.2019
Feyzabad, Badakhshan, 19th February 2019 – Yesterday, the Afghan-German Cooperation handed over a newly constructed conference hall to Badakhshan’s Provincial Governor Office (PGO). The building is located inside the PGO’s compound in Feyzabad and offers space for more than 250 people. The hall shall be used for official meetings and conferences as well as for public events such as celebrations of national holidays and governmental accountability sessions. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Stabilisation Programme Northern Afghanistan (SPNA) financed the construction works at a total cost of more than AFN 24.1 million.

At the handover ceremony, Badakhshan’s governor, Mr Ahmad Faisal Bigzad, emphasised, ‘Now we can hold big governmental and public celebrations and gatherings. We can host our national and international guests here in Feyzabad and conduct our meetings in a safe and well-capacitated venue.’  

In the past, the PGO did not have its own conference hall and events took place in the open or in facilities provided by other institutions. Now that the new building is completed, the PGO as well as provincial line departments can plan and conduct events without being dependent on good weather conditions or third parties.

The idea for the construction of a conference hall came up during a Provincial Development Committee (PDC) meeting in early 2016. Construction works started already in November of the same year and were completed this month. The new building comprises a large event hall, a smaller hall for breaks, a reception ward, a kitchen and separate toilets for women and men. In addition, a sufficiently large parking area, a green area for relaxing, drainages as well as retaining walls were constructed.

A representative of Badakhshan’s Provincial Council, Mr Sediqi, commented, ‘Today, I am happy to see that this challenge and concern of our local government and people has been solved.’ He added, ‘Today, all of us in the government, in the Provincial Council and in the community are very happy to see their province now has a nice venue for conducting big events in Feyzabad.’

The conference hall is equipped with a modern sound system as well as adequate furniture including chairs, a table for speeches, couches and coffee tables. Events can now take place in a pleasant ambiance. The PGO is responsible for operating and maintaining the building, furniture and equipment.

 

The KfW Development Bank implements the Stabilisation Programme Northern Afghanistan (SPNA) on behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office (AA). The Programme aims at strengthening local governance structures in Northern Afghanistan and improving the rural population’s living conditions. Thus, the Programme supports various infrastructure activities and capacity development. So far, SPNA has already implemented over 400 projects in over 50 districts of Badakhshan, Kunduz, Takhar, and Baghlan including the construction, rehabilitation or extension of over 280 schools and other educational facilities, 39 roads and bridges and 16 irrigation canals. At the same time, the project has trained roughly 18,000 development council members in project selection and monitoring. The programme’s total budget amounts to more than AFN 7 billion for the period from 2010 to 2019.