From the event

13 Mar. 2008

Kandahar province welcomes 19 new development projects

The Afghan Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development H.E. Mohammad Ehsan Zia signed 19 development contracts worth US$1.649.752 with private companies in Kandahar province.

Funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Belgium Government, these projects include building two health clinics, a 12.5km road, three check dams and three retaining walls; constructing a canal; engineering two water supply projects; and digging four wells.

Height Afghan districts - Arghandab, Panjwayi, Takhtapul, Zhari, Arghistan, Dand, Marouf, Spin boldak – as well as the capital city of Kandahar province are concerned by these projects, which will be implemented through the Ministry’s National Area Based Development Programme (NABDP).

Responding to socio-economic necessities

In a press conference held in Kandahar following the signing ceremony, H.E. Mohammad Ehsan Zia said he was happy to note that a number of positive socio-economic changes took place in the life of the people following the implementation of such welfare projects. He added: “The interest and cooperation of local communities and government has enabled us to speed up the development efforts”.

The projects will generate 36.442 working days for local residents and, after completion, will provide 28.858 rural families with needed socio-economic facilities.

With the signing of these development contracts, the total number of development projects for this province has reached 426.

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