Afghan Government and International Community Endorse Four National Priority Programmes for Funding

The 19thJoint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) met on, 12 February 2013, under the co-chairmanship of the Minister of Finance, Dr. Omar Zakhilwal, and the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for Afghanistan, Mr. Ján Kubiš. The meeting was attended by ministers, deputy ministers, senior government officials, ambassadors of 37 countries or their representatives, civil society, and the private sector. Participants acknowledged the progress made on the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework (TMAF) and endorsed four National Priority Programs as well as an Aid Management Policy.

In opening the meeting, H.E. Minister of Finance noted, “The time has now come to move from planning to implementation. The year 2013 should be marked as the ‘Year of Delivery’ both by the Government of Afghanistan and the International  Community.” He further noted, “The momentum generated by the Government under TMAF is proof of its ability and political will to meet its commitments to the Afghan people and to the International Community. Today’s endorsement of the Aid Management Policy will also help secure maximum aid dividends. It is critical that this momentum be maintained, if not accelerated, by both the International Community and the Government.”

Mr. Ján Kubišcommented, “Today’s JCMB demonstrates continuation of the strong partnership and cooperation between the Government of Afghanistan and the International Community through the progress on the implementation of the TMAF, endorsement of four National Priority Programs as well as the Aid Management Policy”. He reiterated his support for the message of Finance Minister Zakhilwal that what is needed now is delivering and sharper focus on substantive progress.

The Aid Management Policy, together with the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework that resulted from the Tokyo Conference of July 2012, outline the way forward and link aid delivery and aid effectiveness with governance and structural reforms.

The National Priority Programs represent the concrete plans of the Afghan Government to implement its national development priorities. There are 22 National Priority Programs in total. The Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board previously endorsed 16 NPPs for funding, bringing the endorsed total to 20. It is anticipated that the final two National Priority Programs will be presented for endorsement at the next JCMB later this year.

The National Priority Programs endorsed by donors for funding are:

Agriculture and Rural Development Cluster:

  • Water and Natural Resource Development
  • Comprehensive Agriculture and Market Development

Infrastructure Development Cluster:

  • National Energy Supply Program

Governance Cluster:

  • Efficient and Effective Government

NOTES TO EDITORS:

The Afghan Government and the International Community agreed to establish a Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board for overall strategic coordination of the implementation of the Afghanistan Compact at the London Conference (January2006) and the following United Nations Security Council Resolution No.1659.

In June 2010 President Karzai and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonco-chaired the Kabul Conference, which marked a new phase in the partnership between the Government of Afghanistan and the International Community. The Kabul Conference endorsed, in concept, the 22 National Priority Programs and furthered the ‘Kabul Process’.

For more information on Afghanistan’s development strategy and the National Priority Programs visit the Kabul Process website.

http://www.thekabulprocess.gov.af