Tokyo Conference begins: $16 Billion pledged
Sun Jul 08, 3:30 pm
The Tokyo Conference centered on Afghanistan’s future began today in Japan with more than 70 countries and major international organizations, such as the UN, attending.
President Karzai and the Prime Minister of Japan gave speeches. It is anticipated that many representatives of the top donor nations will also speak at the conference.
Participants at the conference are there to pledge support and learn more about Afghanistan after 2014 and exchange their points of view regarding the best ways of helping Afghanistan to move forward.
The Afghan Government will present a draft of how they will invest $4 Billion US dollars as they implement development programs and improve governance to achieve the expectations desired by conference attendees.
President Karzai in his speech at the International conference talked about the achievements of the past 10 years. Among his achievements, he said that his government had fought against serious corruption, and that it would continue to combat corruption.
One of the important agenda items at the conference is to discuss the mutual interests of Afghanistan and International Countries and what Afghanistan will do to more carefully safeguard donor countries’ contributions.
Supporting countries have said that they will provide assistance to Afghanistan provided that the Afghan Government will do a better job of thwarting corruption; will provide better government services; and will strongly improve human rights, including how women are treated in the country.
The Tokyo Conference is being held in Japan at a critical time as Afghanistan faces a difficult struggle against the insurgency while international forces begin withdrawing their fighting troops.