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EU & Afghanistan launch new phase of cooperation & partnership

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EU & Afghanistan launch new phase of cooperation & partnership
 The first meeting of the Joint Committee established under the EU-Afghanistan Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development (CAPD) was held in Brussels with participation of Afghan minister of finance Eklil Hakimi and a number of EU officials.
Related to the Joint Committee, the EU spokesperson for foreign affairs and security policy said: “The committee also established two Special Working Groups in order to further strengthen work on specific topics such as human rights, good governance and migration as well as economic and spcial development.”
According to the EU spokesperson for foreign affairs and security policy, the Joint Committee enabled the EU and Afghanistan to discuss progress on the implementation of Afghanistan’s reform agenda agreed at the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan in October 2016, notably the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF) and the Self-Reliance through Mutual Accountability Framework (SMAF).
It is determined that the next meeting of the Joint Committee will be held in Kabul in 2019.
Ahead of the Joint Committee, a bilateral meeting between the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, and the Minister of Finance of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Eklil Hakimi took place, where they emphasized on their strong commitment to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan. 
Meanwhile, minister of finance also met with the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, to discuss the EU’s contribution to sustainable development in Afghanistan as well as the importance of Afghanistan’s reform agenda and related EU support for the benefit of the Afghan people.
After the US, EU is the biggest economic donors for Afghanistan. Afghan economic experts believe such cooperation will be beneficial for the people of Afghanistan if the government brings fundamental reforms, further invest on private sector, fight corruption, and prepare a regular economic program. Afghanistan government should also attain the international community’s trust.
Donor countries have helped Afghanistan in various sections such as reconstruction of infrastructures, economic issues, agriculture and irrigation, extraction of mines, construction of roads, electricity, good governance and others in the past 16 years. Now, it is time for the government of Afghanistan to further work for its self-sufficiency in coming years.
As it is quite clear that improvement of economic condition has direct relation to security, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has made effort to launch various economic projects in the country as he had said current imposed war was a big obstacle towards working to end poverty in the country. During the past four decades, most of the country’s economic resources have been unfortunately spent in imposed wars. During the respective period, we have both deprived from construction of economic infrastructures and allocated most of our incomes for expenditures of wars in the country as each government has spent most of government’s budget for its security and defense sector.
Therefore, there is still increasing poverty and deprivation in the country. Afghanistan has signed long-term agreement not only with EU but also with the US and other big countries. To cut down poverty and deprivation level in the country, all countries of the world in particular the EU and US should act upon their commitments and help Afghanistan reach its self-sufficiency both in economic and security sector.

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I really liked this post. This post is telling about the cooperation between the Afghanistan and European union. All the aspects are really well described. All the points which will lead to increase their partnership are well written.
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During the past four decades, most of the country’s economic resources have been unfortunately spent in imposed wars.
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