The Minister of Finance of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan H.E. Eklil Hakimi during his trip to Brussels met EU HRVP Ms. Federica Mogherini and the ministers of Foreign Affairs and Development of the 28 EU Member States during the EU Foreign Affairs Committee’s session on May 12th 2016.
H.E. Hakimi briefed the session on the upcoming Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (4-5 October), presented the new Afghan National Development Framework and talked about the recent economic achievements of the National Unity Government. At the end of the session HRVP Mogherini underlined the EU's continued engagement with Afghanistan, both politically and financially with a high level of development assistance (EUR 200 million per year until 2020), stressing that “helping Afghanistan not only helps the Afghan people, but it is also an investment into our security and stability in Europe”.
During his visit to the EU Council, he briefed the media about the Afghan Government’s expectations out of the forthcoming Brussels Conference on Afghanistan.
H.E. also attended a meeting with the Civil Society Organizations and talked about the role of the CSOs in Afghanistan’s development and future.
Later in the day, he joined a Brussels based Think Tank session organized by Friends of Europe, where he talked about economic opportunities and the recent development in Afghanistan.
And at the end of the day H.E. Hakimi signed an incentive program agreement in the framework of mutual accountability, amounting EUR 125 million in assistance from the EU to the Afghan Government, with the EU Development Coordination Asia, Central Asia, Middle East/Gulf and Pacific Director Mr. Pierre Amilhat.