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Afghan Firms Receive $94 Million

Seven Afghan firms have received $94 million from the United States to improve roads and water distribution systems in six provinces.

The funds, which were awarded under the Commander’s Emergency Response Program, will build more than 390 kilometers of roads in Kandahar, Uruzgan, Nuristan, Kunar, Paktika and Ghazni provinces and establish water distribution systems in Bamyan and Kunar provinces. These projects will advance Afghanistan’s strategy to bring reconstruction to those provinces in which little reconstruction activity has occurred, giving tangible benefits to people who have not yet seen the benefits of the peace dividend.

According to Lt. Gen. Carl A. Strock, the U.S. Army chief of engineers, “Afghan firms have stepped up to the plate as they foster their nation’s engineering capacity by submitting proposals on projects that will help rebuild their country.” Currently, Afghans perform over 80 percent of the work done on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects in Afghanistan.

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