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November 21, 2018
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Afghanistan, Denmark sign development cooperation agreement worth 50m USD

KABUL: Dr. Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi, Acting Minister of Finance and Chief Advisor on Infrastructure to President of Afghanistan and Nicolaj Petersen, Danish Ambassador to Afghanistan have signed a development cooperation agreement worth DKK 330 Million ($ 50 Million), a statement from the ministry of finance said yesterday.
The Danish government has adopted a three-year plan for the Danish engagement in Afghanistan (2018-2020) totaling just over $ 50 Million. The funding has been approved by Denmark’s Minister of Development Ulla Tørnæs, the statement added.
Danish engagements in Afghanistan consist of four interlinked pillars of which the Country Program for development assistance is the first. Denmark also supports the Peace and Stabilization Fund i.e. financial assistance for security forces and reconciliation;Humanitarian aid and funding for return and reintegration of refugees and internally displaced., and the military engagement to Resolute Support mission which encompasses 160 soldiers, including advisors and mobile force protection teams, the ministry added. Danish support to Afghanistan is aligned with the Government of Afghanistan’s National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF) core ambitions of reducing poverty (with a focus on private sector development) which is implemented through the ten National Priority Programs.
Based on the mutual accountability principles, Denmark will contribute to the ultimate goals of improving the welfare of the Afghan people by building a legitimate and effective state. 
“The government of Afghanistan appreciates the assistance of the Denmark Government in supporting Afghanistan on its path to building a stable democracy. By contributing to the Good Governance, Agriculture and Education sectors, the Program Support Agreement 2018-2020 will help the government of Afghanistan to move towards efficiency and self-sustainability,” said Dr. Qayoumi, the Acting Minister of Finance as quoted in the ministry’s statement.
“I am very pleased that the Danish-Afghanistan Country Program totaling just over 50 Million USD is being signed yesterday. Afghanistan will remain a top recipient of Danish development and humanitarian assistance with close to USD 70 million disbursed this year when we combine all the Danish programs. This is testament to Denmark’s strong and broad support to Afghanistan at a very important time for Afghanistan. I had the pleasure of visiting Afghanistan in the spring this year, and witnessed firsthand the challenges facing Afghanistan but also progress made, including in the fields of women’s rights and education,” said   Denmark’s Minister for Development Cooperation, Ulla Tørnæs
“With the new agreement, we will focus on assisting the Government and civil society in efforts to ensure a democratic, transparent and accountable state. The program has a strong focus on promoting human rights and anticorruption. The program promotes agriculture and the private sector and strengthening education for all, which are fundamental engagements for ensuring a more sustainable and self-reliant Afghanistan,” she added, as said the statement from the ministry.
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