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Construction of new administrative centre in Raghistan with Afghan-German Cooperation support

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Construction of new administrative centre in Raghistan with Afghan-German Cooperation support

giz jpgIn Badakhshan province, construction of a new administrative centre begins to help improve social services for the population of 47,000 in Raghistan district. With AFN 33 million in funding from Afghan-German Cooperation, the new centre will house 50 civil servants from key government departments, including education, finance, agriculture and law.

The district of Raghistan in Badakhshan province in northern Afghanistan celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for a new administrative building in the capital, Raghistan on Monday.

Taking part in the opening ceremony, Mr. Abuld Rashid Ibrahimi, District Specialist of Badakhshan Provincial Governance Office; and Mr. Ghulamullah Sayed, Raghistan District Governor, expressed thanks for Germany’s financial and technical support for the construction project. The high-ranking officials were joined by representatives and civil servants of Raghistan District Government and Afghan-German Cooperation representatives.

The new two-storey administrative building will house the District Governor’s Office and key governmental departments, including the education department, the Department of Finance, the agriculture line department, the district legal court, the rural development department, the municipal office, public registration department, the Department of Law, prosecution offices and the Department of Communication. 50 civil servants from Raghistan district will be able to work in the facilities, which include a conference hall, 15 offices, a kitchen and sanitary rooms with other necessary annexes. The population of Raghistan will benefit from the building, as the district civil servants will be in a better position to provide better facilities to address the social, cultural and economic needs of the population and the community, leading to improvements in relations between the people and local government. Through supporting good governance and improving service delivery on the district level, completion of the project will contribute to strengthening the legitimacy and profile of Raghistan district government.

The decision for the construction of the building was made by the Badakhshan Development Committee (PDC). The Badakhshan Provincial Governance Office is responsible for implementation of the building project with support of the Regional Capacity Development Fund (RCDF), financing for the construction of the building came from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Raghistan district is located 140 km from Faizabad, the capital of Badakhshan, and is one of 27 districts in the nothern part of Badakhshan.

As part of the Afghan-German Cooperation program, the RCDF is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The RCDF provides supports for its Afghan partners’ development priorities both on a provincial and a district level in six of Afghanistan’s Northern provinces. At the same time, the RCDF provides training and coaching programmes for civil servants. With its broad range of activities, the RCDF aims to increase Afghan ownership of the development process, strengthen Afghan state institutions on the sub-national level and promote transparency and inclusiveness.

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