Danish Minister for Development Cooperation in Afghanistan: - Afghanistan is moving in the right direction
Denmark's Minister for Development Cooperation, Mr. Christian Friis Bach, paid a visit to Afghanistan from 20 to 23 November 2012 to discuss the future cooperation between Denmark and Afghanistan.
Denmark's Minister for Development Cooperation, Mr. Christian Friis Bach, paid a visit to Afghanistan from 20 to 23 November 2012. During his stay in Kabul, the Danish minister held bilateral meetings with H.E Minister of Finance, Dr. Omar Zakhiwal, H.E minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Mr. Mohammad Asif Rahimi and H.E Minister of Counter-Narcotics, Mr. Zarar Ahmad Muqbel to discuss future cooperation between Denmark and Afghanistan. The Danish minister underlined that Denmark will remain a loyal partner to Afghanistan also after 2014. At the Tokyo conference in July 2012, Denmark pledged to provide USD 100 million annually in development assistance to Afghanistan between 2013 and 2017. This makes Afghanistan Denmark's most important partner in development cooperation. During the meetings with his Afghan counterparts, Mr. Friis Bach stated that Denmark is ready to deliver on its commitments, but he did also emphasize that Afghanistan has to fulfill its part of the agreement: "We expect the Afghan government to deliver progress on human rights, particularly women's rights, good governance, democracy and anti-corruption", the Danish minister said.
Mr. Friis Bach also visited the Balkh province, where he held a meeting with the governor of the province, Mr. Atta Mohammad Noor. The minister also visited a local school, saving groups and a water project supported by Denmark, and he met with human rights activists, local civil society organisations as well as community development council members. He stated that he was very encouraged to see how Afghanistan is moving forward, something he later also conveyed on his Twitter profile: "Visited Mazar-e-Sharif, Northern Afghanistan. Encouraging to walk around to farmer, women's groups, water projects...peace and progress!".