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Will Afghanistan be able to fulfill its promises made at the Tokyo Conference?

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Will Afghanistan be able to fulfill its promises made at the Tokyo Conference?

Members of Afghan Parliament are skeptical of the government’s ability to meet the requirements for the receipt of the aid pledged by the international community at the Tokyo Conference on July 08.

Minister of Finance and Minister of Foreign Affairs were summoned by the MPs to provide an explanation about the Tokyo Conference materials.

Habiba Danish, one of the parliamentarians, asked what guarantee is there that the Afghan government would be able to implements its commitments to the international community.

“The world community’s future financial support is conditional upon the Afghan government’s efforts towards tackling the endemic corruption in the country. What guarantee is there that our government would be able to win their trust and their support in the future?”

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Zalmai Rasool said that the government put forward 22 development projects plan at the Tokyo Conference. The donors found the projects convincing and offered commitments for their implementations.

Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal expressed his optimism about the Tokyo Conference.

“The commitments were mutual at the Conference. What we have under our commitments will progress by 15% in three years and by 20% in ten years. Our natural resources are taking us towards self-reliance. Agriculture is also a means to expand trade. These are the areas that are incorporated in our plans.”

Concerns are widespread that Afghan government may once again fail to successfully manage and spend the international aid.

Some work experts believe that if President Karzai’s recent decree on fighting corruption in government organs is seriously implemented, international aid money will be spent towards useful projects for the country.

The Tokyo Declaration aimed to secure aid commitments for Afghanistan in the years up to 2014, when most foreign troops will withdraw from the country, and to chart a course for assistance beyond then as donors seek to prevent a country still mired in insurgent war from slipping back into greater poverty and chaos.

The conditional USD 16bn pledged by the international community at the conference requires Afghanistan to build up safeguards against the endemic corruption in the country.

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