AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) has reassured its support to the people of Afghanistan in addressing their development challenges, a media report said.
Addressing a workshop Director General ADFD Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi reaffirmed the keenness of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and its leadership to stand by the people of Afghanistan, and support them in addressing their development challenges.
He said: “ADFD works closely with the Government of Afghanistan to support various economic and social development projects that contribute to the country’s sustainable growth.”
ADFD hosted the workshop for Arab and regional development institutions to discuss ways of supporting the government of Afghanistan in implementing its development plans and programmes,
The one-day workshop was also attended by Dr. Mohammed Qayoumi, Chief Advisor to the President of Afghanistan, Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for International Development Affairs, Abdul-Fareed Zakaria, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the UAE and Khalifa Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Deputy Director General of ADFD, among others.
Al Suwaidi added: “ADFD has maintained a strong relationship with the Government of Afghanistan that dates back to 1977. During this period, the Fund has supported several key development projects that have had a significant impact on the economy of the country.”
Mohammed Qayoumi applauded ADFD’s efforts in supporting Afghanistan in achieving its sustainable development objectives.
Qayoumi noted that ADFD was one of the first aid agencies to support development projects in Afghanistan that improved the living standards of its citizens. The Fund has emerged as a top international aid agency due to its active role in providing the much-needed support for developing countries to achieve sustainable development.
Since it started its support for development projects in Afghanistan in 1977, ADFD has allocated AED1.2 billion towards the development of 14 projects that contributed to the economic and social development of the country.