KABUL, 30 NOVEMBER 2011 – The Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) met today and strongly endorsed in principle the process put forward by the Government of Afghanistan to address the fiscal gap that Afghanistan will face following transition.
This paper, titled Towards a Self-Sustaining Afghanistan, is intended to inform discussions to be held between the Government and the international community at the Bonn Conference next week, where more than 60 Foreign Ministers from over 100 countries and organisations are expected.
The JCMB supported the Government’s intention to fiscal sustainability through commitment to an aggressive programme of efficiency and reform; and renewed efforts to encourage economic growth, increase domestic revenue collection, improve human development and public service delivery. It was also agreed to work with the Government through the “Kabul Process” to implement the National Priority Programmes in a sustainable and fiscally responsible manner.
“We now have a vision and a pathway to achieving it,” said Staffan de Mistura, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, adding that “good governance, and mutual accountability between the Government and its international partners will be critical for success.”
The “Kabul Process” has been gaining momentum over the past months on the strength of new Afghanistan-International Monetary Fund programme and agreement on a clear path to resolution of the Kabul Bank following its failure in September last year.
“By endorsing this paper the international community has sent the message that the Government plan is their plan. This is very encouraging for Afghan leadership and for the process of transition,” said Finance Minister Zakhilwal.
The JCMB endorsed two programmes: a National Rural Access Programme, and an Integrated Trade and Small and Medium Enterprise Support Facility Programme.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
• The Afghan Government and the international community agreed to establish a Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) for overall strategic coordination of the implementation of the Afghanistan Compact at the London Conference (January 2006) and the following United Nations Security Council Resolution No.1659.
• In June 2010 President Karzai and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon co-chaired the Kabul Conference which marked a new phase in the partnership between the Government of Afghanistan and the international community. The Kabul Conference endorsed in principle 22 National Priority Programmes and furthered the ‘Kabul Process’ indicating a heightened commitment to a secure, prosperous and democratic Afghanistan.
• Please refer to the Kabul Conference Communiqué: