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Sweden Aid to Afghanistan will Continue Throughout  2024: Envoy

(Last Updated On: November 09, 2017 8:03 pm)

Swedish Ambassador to Kabul, Tobias Thyberg says his country’s aid to Afghanistan which is about one billion in 2017 will continue throughout 2024 at current levels.

 The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) on Thursday announced launching its new  strategic plan for the years of 2018 – 2021 to work against poverty, violence and discrimination in Afghanistan.  “I believe, this predictability in this long-term element is a testament to the Sweden’s commitment to the principle of predictability,” Mr. Thyberg said.

He said  international community will support development priorities set by  the government of Afghanistan.

“The second principle which is absolutely the key to the national peace and development framework from 2017 to 2021 is also clearly visible in the Swedish strategy for the development and cooperation with Afghanistan which is based on five principles.”

According to Swedish envoy, these five principles are empowerment, education, employment, enterprise and economic integration which are fully in line with the priorities identified by the Afghan government.

The Acting Minister of Economy, Mustafa Mansoor, however, said that 34 percent of the aid has been spent in Kabul while some provinces not even received five percent of the services. 

“There should be a balance in spending and focus should be on poor and rural areas as well,” he said.

A member of SCA, meanwhile, stressed on balance approach in their spending  and  focus more on  poor people, mostly to those who live in the rural and  insecure areas as well as “in the areas that receive the highest number of returnees and IDPs.”

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