The EU in a statement said the money assisted to Afghanistan in carrying out reforms to finalize and operationalize its development policies (ANPDF and NPPs), maintain macroeconomic stability and mobilize domestic revenue, advance sound public financial management and strengthen state budget transparency.
It is part of a State Building Contract (SBC) signed with the Government of Afghanistan during the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan on 4 October 2016 and which already provided € 100 million in 2017.
Mohammad Qayoumi, acting Minister of Finance said, “This contribution to the national budget demonstrates the significant progress in reforms, including our new transparent budget, ongoing work in reducing corruption, strong growth in revenue generation, and improved service delivery through the NPPs.”
“Through budget support programs, such as the State Building Contract, the Government of Afghanistan is able to respond more effectively to the country’s priorities and ensure equitable development. I thank the European Union and its member states for its support and commitment to the people of Afghanistan,” Qayoumi added.
Meanwhile, Pierre Mayaudon, EU Head of Delegation, noted: “This direct budget support disbursement is once again a very tangible demonstration of the EU and its citizens’ strong commitment to Afghanistan and its people. Following an overall positive review of progress on key reform criteria, the EU’s State Building Contract makes a direct contribution to the National Budget and provides the Government of Afghanistan with substantial financial resources and flexibility to allocate these where they are most needed for the implementation of Government of Afghanistan-led and owned priorities.”
“The purpose is to improve the policy environment and support effective public institutions that deliver more and better for all Afghans, boost economic growth and reduce poverty, at a time when Afghanistan continues to face major security, economic and political challenges. We are very much looking forward to the continuation of our excellent collaboration with the Government of Afghanistan,” Mayaudon added.
In view of the success of the State Building Contract, the EU and the Afghan Government are preparing for the continuation of this Budget Support operation for the period 2018-2021.