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JCMB satisfied with Afghan govt performance: Hakimi

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi on Monday said that the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) had counted the Afghan government’s recent performances positive.

“Following mutual commitments, the JCMB assessment was positive regarding the performances of the government of Afghanistan in the past seven months,” Hakimi said.

Addressing a joint press conference with representatives of the United Nations and the European Union, the minister said that the JCMB is an especial board, taking preparations for the upcoming Warsaw and Brussels conferences.

“In the both Warsaw and Brussels conferences, Afghan security issue will be discussed and we demand our international friends to continue support of security forces in the next years,” Hakimi said.

He highlighted that the government would participate in the two conferences with new long-term commitments regarding the good governance and fight with the corruption at the international community.

Also the level of the commitments would be near or same to the Chicago and Tokyo commitments, where $4.1 billion was committed for Afghan security forces and $4 billion for development, he asserted.

“The government of Afghanistan would also draft the national development strategy to list the priorities of Afghanistan and share it with the world,” he noted.

The strategy will lead Afghanistan toward self-reliance, changing it from a country of imports to a country of exports, he claimed.

President Ghani assured in his opening speech that efforts had been held to fight corruption, but corruption was still a big challenge before his government.

Ghani pledged that steps would be held to fight corruption and bring reforms in the system.

“We will go to Brussels conference with an achievement of reforms,” the president underlined.

The UN special envoy in Afghanistan Nicholas Haysom called the Warsaw and Brussels conferences “very important for Afghanistan”, in which Afghan government would witness the international commitment for security and development of Afghanistan.

He said that the commitment would be for four years, attracting people and international community’s trust.

Haysom added that the international community was looking for the result of their investment, thus, “Afghan government is required to make efforts to make them satisfied.”

The European Union Special Representative in Afghanistan Franz Michael said the international community would continue its commitment.” We jointly work with Afghanistan to attract people’s trust and lead Afghanistan toward peace.”

He called this as an opportunity for Afghanistan to prove it has the value of investment.

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