Geneva summit to assess Afghanistan reform agenda

KABUL: The Afghan government has claimed fulfilling 39 percent of its commitments with the international community under the National Framework of Peace and Development, at a time when the country’s progress and performance is coming under scrutiny at the upcoming Geneva conference.
The Geneva Ministerial Conference on Peace, Development and Self-Reliance in Afghanistan is slated for Nov 27-28 and will gather donors, partners and concerned international organizations that had announced their commitments to supporting peace, stability, reconstruction and development efforts in Afghanistan.
President Ashraf Ghani on Monday morning at the head of a high-level delegation left Kabul for Switzerland to participate in the Geneva conference on Afghanistan.
Presidential spokesman Haroon Chakhansouri wrote in his twitter account that besides addressing the Geneva conference, President Ghani would also hold meetings with representatives of participating countries and organizations.
The conference provides a platform for the Afghan government and the international community to demonstrate progress and commitment and maintain the momentum of presidential elections and opportunities for peace and security.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Finance (MoF), foreign ministers from 62 nations and powerful delegations of 35 assisting organizations would take part in the conference. President Ghani and UN secretary general would co-chair the conference.
According to the statement, Afghanistan’s progress and the reform agenda would be discussed and necessary steps would be taken for the remaining years of the period between 2014 and 2024. The evaluation and oversight of $15.2 billion pledged by the international community for Afghanistan in 2016 would an important segment of the multi-national conference. The summit also aims to emphasize the importance and implementation of mutual commitments made by the Afghan government and the international community towards reform and development.
(Pajhwok)

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