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Third Afghanistan Development Forum: Accelerating Economic Development
Naveed Moez : Spokesperson : Ministry of Foreign Affairs

03/26/2005

Kabul, March 26, 2005. The third annual Afghanistan
Development Forum 2005 (ADF) will be held this year
from April 4-6th at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The theme of this year s forum will be "Accelerating
Economic Development".

The key goals of this year s forum are:

1) to present the government s 1384 budget and vision for
development;

2) to urge donors to remain committed to Afghanistan over the long term;

3) to discuss how we can accelerate Afghanistan s reconstruction; and

4) to strengthen the relationship between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the donor community.

The opening session of the forum will include an
introduction by H.E. President Karzai, a welcome
address by H.E. Minister Abdullah, and a series of
speeches on the forum s main themes. The forum itself
will be organized into panel discussions revolving
around eight themes: Accelerating Infrastructure
Development, Pro-poor Approach to Economic Growth,
Creating an Enabling Environment for Private Sector
Investment, Public Administration Reform and Economic
Management, Review of ARTF and other Trust Funds,
Fighting Drugs and Poverty, Security, Justice &
Equitable Political Participation. The final day will
include a panel discussion open to all cabinet
ministers on Strengthening Regional Cooperation.

Attached to this advisory is the provisional agenda
and overview of the forum s themes. Additional
information is available on the ADF official web site
at the following address: www.adf.gov.af .

We welcome your participation in the forum, during the
opening session on Monday, April 4, from 8:30 to 12:30
am, and the closing ceremony and press conference on
Wednesday, April 6, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. Please
confirm your participation to the Office of the
Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by
March 31, as only registered media representatives
will be allowed to attend. Requests for conducting
interviews with key Afghan officials should be
submitted to the Office of the Spokesperson as soon as
possible and no later than March 31.


Contact:

Naveed Moez
Spokesperson
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Charahi Malek Azghar
Shahmood Watt, Kabul
Tel: 070 281 970
Email: naveed_moez@yahoo.com

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