From the event

06 Sep 2007

PR# 2007-629

NATO senior civilian representative visits Ghowr

CHAGHCHARAN, Afghanistan – NATO’s senior civilian representative visited here Sept. 1-2 and met with Lithuanian diplomats and soldiers of Provincial Reconstruction Team Chaghcharan to understand how Ghowr’s remoteness affects its development.

Ambassador Daan Everts also met with Governor Baz Mohammad Ahmady and members of Ghowr provincial council and development committee, as well as with representatives of international and non-governmental organisations in Ghowr.

“We hope that after the visit to Chaghcharan NATO Senior Civil Representative will become another ‘Ghowr attorney’ in Kabul and will tell that more money is needed for development of the isolated province,” said Aleksandras Matonis, head of the Lithuanian Special Mission in Afghanistan.  “We are very happy that with the help of our PRT one more international donor turned to Ghowr.  The Japanese government will provide support for literacy and professional training projects in Chaghcharan.”

While meetings with the NATO delegation, both representatives of the provincial government and representatives of non-governmental organizations acknowledged the contribution of the Lithuanian-led PRT in ensuring stability in Ghowr.  They also expressed how the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the international community can do more to improve provincial development.

During Everts’ visit, the Japan-financed project to teach basic literacy and crafts to 155 Afghans—90 of whom are women—opened Sept. 2.  The “Sanayee Development Organization” opened education centers in Chaghcharan where women learn embroidery.  Males learn how to repair automobiles and motorcycles, radios and television transmitters, and woodworking.  Literacy and needlework teaching centers for women also opened in the villages of Shaich Ka and Kasi close to Chaghcharan.

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