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7,000 construction projects at halt across Afghanistan

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KABUL: At least 7,000 development projects aimed at reducing poverty, improving socio-economic conditions for communities and stopping migrations have remained at doldrums across Afghanistan since the previous government crumbled after the Taliban resurgence in August.

The projects were being run by the Citizens’ Charter National Priority Program (CCNPP).

The Ministry of Finance said on Monday that the national program launched in 2016 was divided into three phases. The first phase of the program was expected to be finished at the end of 2022.

The ministry spokesman, Ahmad Wali Haqmal, said that $1 billion was allocated for the first phase of the program to implement at least 12,000 projects across the country, and 7,000 out of the 12,000 projects remain unfinished.

“Around 7,000 projects are incomplete, we are trying to contact the World Bank to complete at least the half-finished projects,” said Haqmal.
Experts believe that the rate of poverty will rise as the implementation of the projects has stopped in the country.

“Projects were funded mostly by the World Bank; the halt of the development projects in villages will increase poverty among villagers,” said Abdul Naseer Reshtia, an expert.
The CCNPP was scheduled across ten years to implement thousands of small and large projects but it was suspended after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in mid-August.

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