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President Karzai Welcomes the Conclusion and Outcomes of the Afghanistan Development Forum 2005
Released by the Office of the Spokesman to the President


Presidential Palace, Kabul - H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, welcomes the conclusion and outcomes of the Afghanistan Development Forum 2005, held from 4 to 6 April 2005 in Kabul.

The President is pleased to note the progress on the government-donor dialogue concerning issues such as the need for predictability of available resources, channeling development aid through the National Budget, and better coordination in the reconstruction process.

In his opening address to the Forum, the President emphasized the importance of building the capacity of the Afghan Government in all reconstruction efforts, particularly by channeling increased donor resources through the national Budget process. He was delighted to note the positive feedback at the Forum on this issue. The President also discussed the critical importance of both government and non-governmental organizations being responsible and accountable with donor funds.

The President is encouraged by the announcements of continued and increased support by various donor countries. He welcomes the UK invitation to hold an international donors conference on 22 June in London ahead of the G8 Foreign Ministers meeting.

The President thanks the international community for its continued cooperation with and support to Afghanistan. He looks forward to working with Afghanistan's partners in implementing the ideas discussed and agreed upon at the Afghanistan Development Forum.

Released by the Office of the Spokesman to the President Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

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