Kabul –The first international meeting of senior officials from donor countries and organizations that support Afghanistan was held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today. This meeting reviewed the progress made by both sides in achieving joint objectives of the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework.
This meeting was co-chaired by Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, Finance Minister Dr. Omar Zakhilwal, from the Afghan side and United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative Jan Kubis from the international community side. Senior Officials from40 donor countries and 8 international Organizations, civil society and the private sector representatives also participated in the Meeting.
Dr. Zalmai Rassoul stressed “The international community’s participation in today’s conference shows their common will for supporting Afghanistan and ensuring a bright future for the people ofthis country.”
Dr. Omar Zakhilwal mentioned in his opening remarks, “Our international colleagues once again renewed their commitment of a 16 billion dollar assistance, which had been promised in the Tokyo Conference.” He added, “It is very important that the assistance is delivered in accordance with the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework and the Afghan Government’s priorities through the national budget in order to make the assistance more effective.
The UN Secretary General’s Special Representative His Excellency Jan Kubis said in his speech, “Afghanistan has had enormous achievements and we must not lose them. We have a lot of other common goals to achieve”.
In this meeting the civil society also appreciated the progress made towards the commitments made by the Afghanistan side in the Tokyo Conference. In this meeting, a detailed written report on the evaluation of commitments from both sides was also presented.
All participating countries and organizations in the conference, once again confirmed their financial commitment of US$16 billion and economic support that they had promised in the Tokyo Conference.
The Tokyo Conference was held in Japan in July 8th 2012, where the International Community and the Afghan Government met to reaffirm and further consolidate their partnership from Transition to the Transformation Decade (2015-2024).
In today’s Meeting, the Afghan Government and the international community had agreed on Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework (TMAF) for the effective flow of the international financial aid to Afghanistan in the decade 2014-2024.
The Afghan Government and the International Community will convene the meetings at the senior officials and ministerial level every alternate year. The Participants look forward to next ministerial meeting to be co-hosted by Afghanistan and the United Kingdom within the year 2014.