Over 150 participants including high-ranking officials from various Afghan ministries, such as the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI), the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation & Livestock (MAIL), the Ministry of Economy (MoEc), the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and the Ministry of Interior (MoI) attended the conference. Representatives of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), business and trade associations as well as unions and federations participated as well.
At the certificate award ceremony, Mr Sayed Qaseem, a civil servant from Balkh district commented: “Before this workshop I did not know that building maintenance was a serious issue. Now I realised that proper maintenance is important to ensure that state buildings can be used for a long time.”
Mullahs have direct access to the people. This opens the opportunity for local governments to convey messages through them. So far, there has been a lack of communication between them – to change this, the Governor Office organised today’s meeting, with the support of the German government’s programme to promote good governance in Afghanistan (RCD).
During the ceremony, Mr Ahmad Faisal Begzard, Badakhshan’s Governor underlined: “Peace and security are the basis for a good educational environment. Importantly, education is also a requirement for the peaceful development of our country. Thus, the ground breaking of this school and the construction of nine other schools are an important step for our province.”
During the inauguration ceremony, Mr Baligh, the Minister of Public Works, highlighted: “I express my sincere gratitude to the Government of Germany for their valuable support to initiate this strategic project which helps to improve security, economic growth, and will be reducing traveling time between Kunduz and Balkh Provinces. I hereby request continuation of German Government Development Cooperation for Afghanistan especially for completion of phase 3 and 4 of this project.
Since beginning of March, engineers from line departments in Badakhshan, Baghlan, Balkh, Kunduz, Samangan and Takhar provinces have received training in how to design and survey the construction of roads and bridges. It was an advanced seminar, following last year’s training on the basics of road design.
Afghanistan’s great potential for solar energy has been confirmed by a number of scientific studies. However, a comprehensive analysis of business opportunities has not yet been conducted. This new market study provides suggestions for private investments. Such investments would not only have a positive impact on the availability of electricity in the country, but would also result in the exploitation of business opportunities – creating jobs and income for the people.
Although Afghanistan has committed to protecting children’s rights by ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1994, many children still suffer from poverty, homelessness, abuse, neglect, preventable diseases as well as unequal access to education.
Afghan non-governmental organisations such as the Aschiana Foundation or Future for Children participated in the workshop, as well as government representatives and media. Eight out of the 20 participants came from Samangan, the rest from Balkh province.
Infrastructure is key to economic development. Therefore, the construction activity will strengthen trade in Badakhshan and help boosting its economy. About 1.2 million people will directly benefit from this project.
The public hearing and accountability session provided a platform for citizens and government officials to discuss government activities and projects in Balkh district. One participant of the event commented: “These events are informational platforms for everyone to get information about the performance of their government and to learn about future plans for the district.”