BRUSSELS, 15th May, 2016 (WAM) – The European Commission announced 125 million euro funding being made available for Afghanistan to support the government’s reform agenda towards sustainable economic development and state building.

This financing agreement will safeguard and increase the Afghan Government’s capacity for public service delivery linked to specific development reforms. This support is in line with EU’s current bilateral development programme for Afghanistan for the period 2014 – 2020 and the commitments given by the international community at the 2012 Tokyo Conference to provide the Afghan Government with more flexible funding linked with progress on specific achievements as enshrined in the ‘Self-Reliance through Mutual Accountability Framework (SMAF)’.

European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, said: “Afghanistan is at a critical juncture for the success of its state-building process. Our programme is linked to the achievement of jointly identified reform priorities. It will contribute to improving service delivery to citizens, better management of public finances, strengthened accountability and respect for human rights, in particular the rights of women and children.”

At yesterday’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting, Eklil Ahmad Hakimi, Afghanistan’s Minister of Finance, has presented the draft Afghanistan National Development Policy Framework (ANDF), which is set to guide the Afghan Government over the coming years. Commissioner Mimica welcomed the Afghan Government’s openness to engage in a frank dialogue with its international partners leading up to the finalization of a credible, realistic and at the same time ambitious development strategy ahead of the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan scheduled for 5 October 2016.