Development – Ariana News Bringing Afghan News to the World Thu, 16 May 2019 10:41:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Afghanistan Is on Its Right Direction of Development: DFID Wed, 15 May 2019 15:54:00 +0000 The Deputy Chief Economist of the Department for the International Development (DFID) of UK on Wednesday expressed his optimism regarding the economic development in Afghanistan, saying the war-torn country is going in the right direction.

Talking with a group of journalists in Kabul, Nicolas Lea, the deputy chief economist of DFID said he believes that despite the existing challenges and difficulties, Afghanistan is moving in the right direction.

According to Mr. Lea, the number of students going to school was over nine million in 2017 while it was under one million in 2001.

In addition, he said the percentage of health facilities have improved from 60 percent in 2006 to 93 percent in 2017.

Mr. Lea recommended the Afghan government to make policies to reduce poverty, deliver what normal people need in terms of health, education, and items of disaster relief.

He further suggested the government to work on policies concerning demographic transition, adding that the demographic transition is helping women to have smaller families.

“We have good evidence from over the world that when population growth is very high, it makes every aspect of development more difficult,” he said.

Moreover, he pointed out the importance of agriculture in the development of economic in Afghanistan and said that it can provide employment and export opportunities.

Mr. Lea stressed that his country will keep up supporting Afghanistan.

“We continue on institutional strengthening; of strengthening the government’s availability to write budgets, to execute investments, to plan to tax, and to be able to implement projects,” he stressed.

MPs Warn to Re-dismiss Draft Budget for Next Fiscal Year Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:39:52 +0000 Members of the Lower House of Parliament on Monday warned that they will reject again the next year’s draft budget for what they called lack of balance in the development projects among the provinces.

“Based on the Constitution, the budget must be distributed equally. There is no balance and justice in the current budget,” said Mohammad Ali Akhlaqi, a lawmaker representing Ghazni province.

“The Ministry of Finance has not considered justice in the budget. Representative of the nomads will reject this budget and we are asking our team in the parliament to reject it as well,” said Habib Afghan, an MP representing Afghan nomads in the parliament.

On December 13, the Lower House rejected the proposed budget for the next fiscal year due to the same reason.

In addition, lawmakers dismissed a decree recently issued by President Ashraf Ghani on the regulation of public gatherings, strikes and demonstrations, saying the order is in contrast with the Constitution and democracy values.

AICC Intends to Contribute Private Sector in Long-Term Development Program Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:25:43 +0000 ICC 19-4-2017-DARI-SOT.mpg_snapshot_00.54_[2017.04.19_16.53.45]Afghanistan International Chamber of Commerce (AICC) is seeking to contribute the Private Sector in long-term development program.

According to AICC officials, the long-term development program started in 2015 that Afghanistan has its membership.

AICC CEO, Qadir Bahman said, “We want to call on government to contribute to private sector that the economics of the country grows and working fields provide for the people.”

UN Development Programs officials also say all countries of the world should move forward with a coordinated plan.

Chief of UN empowerment program, Aminuddin Habibi said, “The Afghan government worked a lot for growing the economics of the country but more works need to be done in cooperation of the International Community.”

Economic analyst are said to believe that the Afghan government should first specify its economic solutions and provide fields for investment in the country.

Economic analyst, Azrakhsh Hafezi said, “At first, economic solution must be specified then in a framework the investors’ demands will be determined.”

They also said that the long-term development programs will be impossible until the reforms implemented in the country.

‘Afghanistan Action Plan for Transportation Development’ Extends for 20 Years Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:31:43 +0000 CaptureMinistry of Public Officials announced today in a presser that, the “Afghanistan Action Plan for Transportation Development” has been extended for another 20 years with the assistance of Asian Development Bank (ADB).

According the officials, the next phase of the action plan would focus more on building transit routes, infrastructure enhancement, roads and streets maintenance.

The ministry says the action plan which started in 2006, has completed its first phase in 2016.

“We look to the new master plan as a way to connect more with neighboring countries,” Mahmood Balegh, minister for public affairs told reporters.

The new phase of the ambitious plan would need a roughly $ 26 billion which will be provide the ADB and other partners.

The ADB says the financial institution will work side by side of the Afghan to adequately implement the project.

“ADB will continue supporting Afghanistan in areas like irrigation, transit, water management, transportation and energy. Therefore, we ask the government to provide us the required support we all need in the project,” Tom Pela, ADB CEO said in the press meeting.

ADB is one of the biggest donors of Afghanistan in development projects with providing more than $ 4 billion in various sectors. The bank alone has provided $ 2.2 billion in energy access.