Welcome to our e-newsletter Vol. 78 July 2010  


Statement by President Karzai at International Kabul Conference:

H.E President Hamid Karzai in his statement at the Kabul Conference said "It is time to concentrate our efforts on a limited number of national programs and projects to transform the lives of our people, reinforce the social compact between state and citizens, and create mechanisms of mutual accountability between the state and our international partners." MORE...


A Renewed Commitment by the International Community to Afghanistan :

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the participants from the international community held a historic meeting today in Kabul to renew their commitment to the Afghan people. The Conference marked a new phase in their partnership. MORE...

Afghanistan shows Gratitude to retiring General Starnley A. McChrystal :

H.E. Ambassador Said T. Jawad recently awarded Gen. Stanley McChrystal with Afghanistan’s highest award, the Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan medal during the Generals retirement ceremony. Ambassador Jawad congratulated Gen. McChrystal on his accomplishments and service in Afghanistan. Ambassador Jawad said, "We will never forget the sacrifices that you and those under your command have made to make Afghanistan safer for our children." MORE...

 

Critics press Obama on Afghanistan withdrawal deadline:

H.E. Said T. Jawad recently  appeared on CNN’S “State of the Union.” Talked about the July 2011 deadline for U.S. troop withdrawl being unrealistic and unhelpful. Ambassador Jawad stated, “"First, if you over-emphasize a deadline that is not realistic, you are making the enemy a lot more bold," Jawad said. "You are prolonging the war. That deadline should be realistic. The line should be based on the reality on the ground and we should give a clear message to the enemy, to the terrorists who are a threat to everyone, that the United States, NATO, Afghans are there to finish this job." MORE...

The Ambassador's Interview on the Women's Broadcast Network

H.E. Ambassador Said T. Jawad spoke with Shivaun Palmer from Platforms, a life lifting program for women. Ambassador Jawad touched on issues such as infrastructure, mineral wealth, reconciliation with the Taliban, water, deforestation as well as gender equality. Ambassador Jawad discussed the estimated mineral wealth worth 1-3 trillion dollars, consisting of precious minerals such as lithium, copper, iron ore and coal. MORE...

Afghan airmen perform Mi-17 sling load


Afghan airmen perform Mi-17 sling load:

Afghan airmen and Combined Air Power Transition Force advisers conducted an operational sling load with an Mi-17 transport helicopter July 1 from Kabul International Airport to Forward Operating Base Orgun-e, Afghanistan in the Paktika province. Flying 12,500 feet above sea-level and carrying a 3,200-pound crate, the Mi-17 handled the load with very few problems. This allows the Afghan air force's 377th Helicopter Squadron members another way to move heavy and oversized equipment or to deliver the equipment in a place without a landing zone. MORE...

USAID Gives $150m to Start Farm Credit Says MAIL Minister :

USAID will provide US $100 million as start up finance for a new institution called the Agricultural Development Fund (ADF). USAID will also provide an additional US$ 50 million to do two jobs. It will provide technical experts to help MAIL design and establish the ADF and create different kinds of loans and loan programmes that farmers need. This money will also help build agricultural value chains, which are technical and business partnerships that develop existing agricultural products from the crops on the farm, to factories that preserve or manufacture agricultural items, to packaging and marketing and sales in Afghanistan or abroad. MORE...

 


Kabul Conference, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Congress Emphasize Afghan Women’s Rights:

Delegates to the Kabul Conference, the latest in a series of Donor Conferences on the subject of Afghanistan, stressed the “centrality of women’s rights, including political, economic, and social equality, to the future of Afghanistan”. Sec. Clinton stated this in no uncertain terms in her address to the Conference: “"I speak from experience when I say that the work of Afghan women and civil society groups will be essential to this country's success. If these groups are fully empowered to help build a just and lasting peace, they will help do so. If they are silenced and pushed to the margins of Afghan society, the prospects for peace and justice will be subverted," she said. MORE...

 

PRT, Roots of Peace Sowing Seeds for Afghanistan:

A Kentucky National Guard Agribusiness Development Team funded project, managed by Roots of Peace, has put hundreds of thousands of food-producing plants at 10 different locations in the Panjshir province.

Afghan farmers are growing cherries, almonds, apricots, walnuts, onions and many other types of produce thanks to the ADT Commander’s Emergency Response Program started in March 2009 with oversight by Roots of Peace, a non-profit organization dedicated to removing landmines and spreading agriculture in war-torn nations. MORE...


132 university students graduated:

As many as 132 students graduated from four faculties of the Kandahar University were awarded certificates during a graduation ceremony in this capital city on Tuesday.
"The graduation of 132 students is a big achievement for us in the face of insecurity, we are faced with in the province," said the dean, Dr. Hazrat Mir Totakhel. The graduates include 35 students from medical, 31 from engineering, 40 from agriculture and 26 from education faculty.
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Afghanistan defeats Canada in one-day ICC cricket tournament:

Captain Nawroz Mangal scored 70 not out as Afghanistan defeated Canada by six wickets Thursday in their opening game at the ICC World Cricket League Division 1 tournament.

Second-seeded Canada scored 257 runs at the expense of seven wickets in its 50.0 overs. The No. 5 Afghans made it to 258 in the 48th over. MORE...

Afghanistan adopts first ever Decent Work Country Programme:

Afghanistan’s first Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) has been signed during a ceremony at the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) conference room. Speaking at the signing ceremony Ms Afzali highlighted "the importance of jobs in bringing stability and prosperity to Afghanistan". MORE...

Faculty of Public Health inaugurated:

The Faculty of Public Health for students of preventive medicine was inaugurated at the Kabul Medical University on Sunday.
The new faculty, with a four years course, would play an effective role in providing better health services to the people, hoped the chancellor of the university. Professor Obaidullah Obaid told the inaugural ceremony similar faculties existed at medical universities in other countries. However, he regretted, the important department was ignored in Afghanistan.
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Afghan Perspectives on Capitol Hill:

On  July 29th, 2010, the US Senate Appropriations Committee (“the Committee”), which is the group in the US Senate in charge of deciding how money in the US Government Budget should be spent, decided to recommend that the US Government appropriate more than $3.2 billion for non-military aid to Afghanistan, 2.1 billion of which is in Economic Support Funds (ESF). MORE...

Afghan National Army Trains Engineers:

As the Afghan National Army continues to grow into an extensive and sustainable force, the need for technical training for its individual soldiers has become a priority. To provide this specialized training, the ANA, in coordination with multinational mentor teams from the International Security Assistance Force, is in the process of establishing several training centers throughout Afghanistan. MORE...

New Afghan laws to regulate all construction and engineering work:

Under an agreement signed on Wednesday [7 July], Afghanistan will enact laws governing all construction activities in the war-torn country.

The accord was signed between the Afghanistan National Standardization Authority (ANSA) and the Harakat Organization in Kabul. Four laws would be made to regulate engineering, construction, highway, bridges and urban development sectors, said the ANSA chief executive officer, Popalzai Popal.

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Help Afghanistan Help Itself to Mine Mineral Resources:

Political Counselor Ashraf Haidari wrote an op-ed piece encouraging the international community to continue to support and assist the Afghan government in developing the countries vast mineral resources. He spoke about how domestic and foreign corporations do not have to compete with government-owned and government-subsidized businesses, thus allowing them to maximize their profits in a free and open market. MORE...

Afghanistan to ask for $2bn for education, health, women's affairs:

The Afghan government plans to propose health, education and social projects worth $2 billion at the Kabul Conference on July 20, officials said.
The ministry had prepared a programme entitled Education for All which would cost around $1 billion.
Under the project, the number of children attending school would increase by two million while education facilities would be provided to another 500,000 children, particularly girls, in the rural areas of the country. MORE...

 

It's the Afghan economy, stupid: Jobs and development will defeat the Taliban :

Political Counselor M. Ashraf Haidari wrote an op-ed in the NY Daily News discussing the key to defeating the Taliban is through jobs and development. Mr. Haidari spoke about how improving Afghanistan’s infrastructure will not only lead to facilitating the mining industry but also create jobs. He stated that a sustainable livelihood would quickly weaken the insurgency and a modern transportation system will create long-term economic growth for Afghanistan. MORE...


In the News:

This month, numerous publications covered Kabul Conference, "Afghan-led” reconciliation and reintegration, corruption and strengthening governance efforts as well as business and investment opportunities in Afghanistan. To read these articles, please click . MORE...

Embassy in the News:

This month, Ambassador Said T. Jawad spoke to Ariana TV, CNN and Women's Broadcast Network and was quoted in US and Afghan news agency on the Kabul conference corruption, Reconciliation and reintegration .
Additionally Political Counselor Ashraf Haidari published couple of articles
on Afghan Economy, minerals and Kabul conference. To read these and other articles and op-eds, please click Embassy in the News.

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