President Ghani calls for public-private partnerships to develop Kabul city

President Ashraf Ghani on Monday chaired a meeting at the presidential palace to discuss the development plan of Kabul city.
 
Many senior government officials associated with the ambitious project participated in the meeting.
 
President Ghani, according to a statement issued by his office, discussed 21 cases deemed essential for the development of Kabul city.
 
Emphasizing the important role played by private sector, President Ghani called for public-private partnerships to develop infrastructure in the city.
 
He further said the boundaries of Kabul city should be identified and legal issues concerning planned and unplanned residential properties should be addressed.

Emphasizing the important role played by private sector, President Ghani called for public-private partnerships to develop infrastructure in the city

To ensure effective and robust urban development, President Ghani stressed that some essential elements must be considered.
 
Some of the key development elements he highlighted include proper city transportation system, sewage system, measures to avoid water and air pollution, proper use of high hills, greenery, house construction, moving government offices out of urban centers, integrating population, standardizing construction affairs, reviving historical areas, normalizing land prices and rent rates, promoting the principle of ownership, proper service provision against taxes, promoting the culture of tax paying, increasing educational and academic opportunities, environmental protection, and public participation in development efforts particularly women and the poor, the statement added.
 
In order to ensure sustainable development, President Ghani said the plan should be divided into short, mid and long term development programs.

In order to ensure sustainable development, President Ghani said the plan should be divided into short, mid and long term development programs

Referring to the explosion of population in Kabul, President Ghani urged that one way to manage the menace was to provide proper and basic living facilities in adjacent provinces so that people could be encouraged to move out.
 
President Ghani issued instructions to develop a practical development plan for Kabul and present it to the presidential palace.
 
The meeting was attended by the ministers and deputy ministers of urban development, public works and transport, acting mayor of Kabul, commander for Kabul Garrison, former NDS chief Amrullah Saleh, and other government officials.
 

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