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International donations ineffective for mine extraction: IWA

By Akhtar M. Nikzad-KABUL: The Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) claims that the international financial supports for extraction of Afghan mines were considerably ineffective.

Earlier, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) issued a report about ineffectiveness supports of TFBSO and USAID assistance and said that $488 million cooperation in oil, gas and mine industries show limited progress and challenges that prevents further investment and growth.

“TFBSO only spent $46.5 million towards building capacity for mineral tender support, but it had not positive result,” head of the IWA Sayed Akram Afzali said.

Afzali stressed that despite a lot of investment by international donors for supporting extraction of mining in Afghanistan, the extraction process of mines remain a matter of concern.

Afzali asked the United States of America and other donors to pay attention to support for extraction of mines and evaluate the effectiveness of their donations for Afghanistan.

He underlined that in most parts of the country, the mines were extracted illegally and the armed insurgents had access to different mines and make money through these resources and threaten the security of the country.

Chief of IWA asked the international donors especially USA to pay attention over capacity building in MoMP and improve security situation in a bid to the Afghan government could extract its minerals transparently.

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