Many young and talented Afghans with good education have taken up positions of significance both in the public and private sector in Afghanistan over the last decade.
Abdul Moqim Abdulrahimzai is the face of the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) when it comes to foreign relations. The 28-year-old is the country’s youngest director, spearheading the Department of Foreign Relations in the MoI.
A resident of Kabul, Abdulrahimzai graduated from Naderia High School. He did his bachelor’s degree in literature and linguistics from Kabul University.
With a master’s degree in hand, there was no dearth of jobs for the talented Abdulrahimzai. He had worked in various national and international organisations, including the United Nations, before he was spotted by the Interior Minister, Mohammad Omar Dawoodzai.
Abdulrahimzai is happy and thankful for what he has achieved. “I am the youngest director in the Ministry of Interior, working in a very important and key department. The secret of my success is my commitment to my people and my government,” he told Sada-e Azadi.
The Foreign Relations Department represents the Ministry of Interior and the Afghan National Police to the international community. It negotiates and arranges training for Afghan police at foreign academies. “We are in contact with the international community to support us. We have sent nearly 2,600 male and female police cadets to different countries to attend basic police training during this year,” said Abdulrahimzai.
The department has arranged scholarships for police cadets in Poland, Holland, Germany, the United States of America, Egypt and Turkey. “Based on the agreement between Turkey and the Afghan government, 500 cadets are sent to Sivas Police Academy in Turkey every year. The financial support is provided by the United State of America and Japan.”
The next batch is due in the next two months. “This time it is different, because we will give a chance to those young Afghans who understand English and have computer skills. We are also planning to send 100 females for training in the future.”
Sending the wounded ANP personnel for treatment abroad is another important task of the department. For example, Kazakhstan has offered free treatment for wounded Afghan policemen.
Abdulrahimzai is optimistic about Afghanistan’s future. He urged young Afghans to support the government, “because a new page will turn in the history of the country in 2014. It is up to the people to participate in the elections and build a prosperous future for Afghanistan.”