Germany funds new IARCSC’s offices in Baghlan

Today, the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Services Commission (IARCSC) in Baghlan celebrated the official opening of its new building in Pul-e Khumri
Built at a cost of over AFN 27.5 million with funding from the German Government, the new three-story building is the first of its kind for IARCSC in the northern provinces of Afghanistan.

Implemented by the IARCSC department in Baghlan, the building compromises administrative offices, a conference hall, training rooms, kitchens, guard rooms, electricity and water systems as well as a surrounding wall. Realizing administrative reforms and facilitating civil services for citizens are two key focus areas of the department. To achieve its goals, IARCSC mainly offers a wide range of training measures to the civil servants of different government bodies in the province and now can appropriately run its programmes at the new building.

Mr. Ezatullah Tawhidi, director of IARCSC in Baghlan province, addressed the participants of the inauguration ceremony, saying: “Beforehand we were not able to function properly. The new building is constructed with high standards and allows us to train and to provide services for all public departments in the Baghlan province.” He also highlighted the new plans for developing the IARCSC measures throughout the province, adding: “Our new offices set us in a position that we can easily expand our services.”

At the event, Mr. Ezatullah Tawhidi, Director of IARCSC, Mr. Florian Smitmans, BMZ commissioner, Mr. Sultan Mohammad Ibadi, Governor of Baghlan Province, Ferozdin Aymaq, Deputy of Provincial council in Baghlan and Abdullrahman Rasekh, General Director of Provincial Affairs of IARCSC in Kabul, were joined by over 100 representatives from line departments, community leaders, elders and religious leaders.

In 2013, the IARCSC’s proposal to build the new offices was prioritized by the Baghlan Provincial Development Committee (PDC). The Regional Capacity Development project (RCD), financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), provided both financial and technical support during construction.

As part of Germany’s cooperation with Afghanistan, the RCD, which is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. In six provinces in northern Afghanistan, RCD supports its partners’ development priorities in the provinces and districts, while at the same time providing training and coaching programmes for civil servants. With its broad range of activities, the RCD aims at increasing Afghan ownership of the development pro-cess, strengthening state institutions and promoting transparency and inclusiveness.