Afghanistan and international partners take stock of progress on development plan

9 Jul 2017

Afghanistan and international partners take stock of progress on development plan

KABUL - The Government of Afghanistan, the International Community and representatives from Afghanistan’s civil society and private sector met today to discuss progress and achievements in Afghanistan’s development and reform agenda, and to reaffirm their partnership and commitment to the country’s long term development.

Today’s session of the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) was co-chaired by the Minister of Finance, H.E. Eklil Hakimi and the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Mr. Tadamichi Yamamoto. The meeting focused on three thematic areas -- Anti-Corruption, Justice Reforms and Civil Services Reforms; Service Delivery; and Private Sector, Infrastructure and Jobs.

This was the first meeting of the JCMB since the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan on 4-5 October 2016.

Today’s JCMB offered an opportunity for the Government and its international partners to review progress and achievements on the implementation of the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF).

H.E. the President stated that, "he thanked H.E. the Minister of Finance and his colleagues for their proper management and collection of revenues". H.E. added that recently, IMF has anticipated 3% growth due to Government-Private investment. This trend can continue to grow to 6% .

Noting that the “Government has achieved important, complicated, and challenging reforms,” Mr. Yamomoto, the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said the achievements deserve recognition. He encouraged participants to use the meeting to decide how the Government and its partners will continue moving forward, together. 

Development partners expressed support for the Government’s focus on key priorities, including tangible actions to prevent corruption and strengthen the economy. Partners reaffirmed their commitment to work with the Afghan Government to implement the ANPDF.

H.E. Minister Hakimi, discussed the Government’s progress on economic growth, Citizen’s Charter and the delivery of valued services to Afghan citizens. He stressed Afghanistan’s commitment to fully implement the ANPDF as the Government’s main policy instrument and called for international partners to support the Government in implementing the plan by bringing their assistance in line with Afghanistan’s development priorities.

Notes to Editors:

The Afghan Government and the international community agreed to establish a Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) for overall strategic coordination of the implementation of the Afghanistan Compact at the London Conference (January 2006) and in United Nations Security Council Resolution No.1659.

For additional information contact:

Ajmal Abdulrahimzai

Director of Communications and Spokesperson Ministry of Finance

Phone Number:0704999959