Engineers in northern Afghanistan complete trainings on infrastructure maintenance and operations
Over the past months, over 210 engineers from various technical departments in the provinces Badakhshan, Baghlan, Balkh, Kunduz, Samangan and Takhar have successfully been taking part in two sets of courses.
140 people took part in a course on the “Fundamentals of Inspection and Maintenance” to learn how to operate and maintain the infrastructure they are responsible for, for example, school buildings, electrical or water supply systems. 70 participants joined “Road Operations and Maintenance” workshops, where they learnt how to operate and maintain roads sustainably for better safety. The two sets of workshops were held with technical and financial assistance from the German government, at a total cost of over AFN 2.2 million.
One of the main objectives was to refresh engineers’ knowledge of their various fields and emphasize important new topics, such as essential inspections, diagnosing maintenance requirements and putting work programs into action for carrying out regular maintenance activities. Safety was also an issue, both for the working environment and for installed measures.
Engineers taking part in the course on inspection and maintenance were able to refresh their knowledge of preventive and corrective maintenance in various infrastructure projects. On-site, they learnt how to apply their skills in practical exercises. They also learnt about the importance of measures and regulations to prevent hazards at the work place.
In the road operations and maintenance workshops, participants were taught to develop a proactive approach to help avoid and prevent unacceptable road surface and structural distress, and for logical and consistent methods for inspecting, reporting and programming maintenance activities. The methods they learnt also aim at making roads better and safer for road users, all within budget and other constraints. The teacher described routine and periodic maintenance, and emergency maintenance, repairs and safety measures.
The trainings were held in the six provinces during March and April 2015 and were designed to let technical provincial departments manage and maintain both public infrastructure projects and asphalted and non-asphalted roads effectively, efficiently and within budget and time constraints. The participating engineers in both sets of workshops were from the departments of rural rehabilitation and development, public works and education, river basin agencies, water supply departments and from various municipalities. Workshops for both subjects came to a close 30th April 2015 in Taloqan (Takhar) and Aybak (Samangan) with the active and committed participation of engineers.
The courses are part of a joint program by the Regional Capacity Development (RCD) program and the Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF), both financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as part of Afghan-German Development Cooperation. The two regional funds are implemented in the provinces Badakhshan, Baghlan, Balkh, Kunduz, Takhar (RCD/RIDF) and Saman-gan (RCD). The RCD program is run and administered by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the RIDF is run by KfW Entwicklungsbank (German Development Bank). Both aim to strengthen the capacities and infrastructure of governmental authorities in provinces and districts in northern Afghanistan.
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