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EU to aid 60mn EUROS to Afghan government

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EU to aid 60mn EUROS to Afghan government

The European Union will aid 60mn EUROS to the Afghan government for the purpose of good governance and justice.

Of the total aid, 40mn EUROS is allocated for the good governance and rule of law sector and the remainder goes towards the justice sector to help the government of Afghanistan.

The contract was signed between the Minister of Finance and EU’s special representative in Kabul.

Speaking at the contract signing ceremony, EU’s special representative Vygaudas Ušackas said EU would continue its financial assistance to Afghanistan post-2014.

“Today’s contract is aimed at supporting the administration and justice sectors of Afghanistan. All Afghan citizens expect a healthy administration devoid of corruption and establishment of justice from the government of Afghanistan. This aid is to meet the people’s expectation.”

Mr. Ušackas underscored the importance of justice sector in Afghanistan and stressed that in the spirit of the Tokyo agreement, financial assistance to Afghanistan is conditional upon the delivery of the Afghan government on the agreed reform agenda.

He deferred funding of the 20mn EUROS to the Afghan Ministry of Justice citing poor progress in overall justice reform.

Ušackas signed the funding agreement with Afghan Minister of Finance Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal in Kabul on Monday despite the “Justice for All” funds being withheld.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal said that a major portion of the aid will be spent towards good governance through the Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission.

According to reports, EU has given 1.2bn EUROS to Afghanistan in the past decade.

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