Thu, Oct

Abdullah Satisfied With SOM Outcomes


Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Unity Government (NUG), on Saturday evening announced that the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) was a success and that international donor delegates had recognized Afghanistan's achievements.

He said the conference delegates also assessed the responsibilities and priorities of the government adding that Afghanistan was committed to keeping its promises made to its international partners and to the people of Afghanistan.

Highlighting a number of challenges and important issues facing the National Unity Government (NUG) over the past eleven months, the CEO said there were still key areas that needed to be addressed, citing the distribution of electronic identity cards, the war against corruption, parliamentary elections, a Loya Jirga and other administrative issues as examples.

"We strongly support the resolutions adopted by the conference. We are grateful to our international partners for offering a reliable and effective package," he said.

In addition Abdullah touched on the implementation of reforms in various government sectors and said bringing about necessary changes will help in reviving mutual trust between Afghanistan and the international community.
"We are entering a new era today which indicates the emergence of new opportunities for us," Abdullah added.

Abdullah also highlighted the deteriorating security in the country and said the issue had overwhelmingly affected plans considered by government.

Abdullah's comments came at the end of the one-day summit that was held in Kabul. Representatives from 60 countries and international donor organizations participated.

President Ashraf Ghani had opened the day's event early Saturday and gave a quick overview of achievements recorded by the NUG. He also presented a positive picture of what has been attained during the government's 11 months in power.

He pointed out that today the country has a complete government – a government of unity but said that structural reforms being implemented will hopefully move Afghanistan from a donor-reliant economy into one of self-sufficiency.

"We plan to introduce structural reforms that will move Afghanistan from an economy that was built on the consumption of foreign aid to one that is built around rising productivity through commercial investment, job creation and trade," he said.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Nicholas Haysom also addressed delegates and said that not only do the lives of Afghans need to improve but that the opinion of delegates attending the meeting was extremely important for the country.

He said that violence and security was however a major challenge in the country, but welcomed the work done by the electoral reform commission and said that if reforms are adopted and implemented, they would have a beneficial impact on the country.

He said challenges still lie ahead for Afghanistan but that the foundation was in place for the country to work towards self-sufficiency.