Germany and Netherlands announce completion of many development projects in Uruzgan

Germany and Netherlands announced the successful completion of many development projects in southern Uruzgan province this week.
 
To celebrate the completion, an impressive function was held at the Dutch Embassy in Kabul on Monday. Dutch ambassador to Kabul Henk Jan Bakker said the support for reconstruction work in Uruzgan was always based on dialogue.
 
“That allowed for a peaceful and successful completion of development projects even under complex and challenging circumstances,” he said.
 
Markus Potzel, the German ambassador in Afghanistan, said the cooperation between Netherlands and Germany in Uruzgan is a good example of how governments can join their strengths for the sake of development in Afghanistan.”

To celebrate the completion, Dutch ambassador to Kabul Henk Jan Bakker said the support for reconstruction work in Uruzgan was always based on dialogue 

Over the past eight years, Netherlands and Germany have invested a total of AFN 4.8 billion in various development projects in the province. 
 
Since 2009, the two countries have been working to establish a modern technical training school campus in Tarin Kot and a domestic airport terminal that meets national and international aviation standards.
 
After the completion of these two infrastructure projects in 2013, a support strategy was introduced to enhance Afghan partners’ capacities – the Deputy Ministry of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (DM TVET) and the Afghan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) – to ensure they can deliver professional services and manage operations and maintenance of the facilities in the province.
 
Mohammad Sarwar Azizi, deputy minister of TVET, thanked the two countries for their continued support to Afghanistan.

Over the past eight years, Netherlands and Germany have invested a total of AFN 4.8 billion in various development projects in the province

“With their help we have managed to establish the first TVET school in Uruzgan. More than 1,000 male and female students have been educated in formal and non-formal TVET courses since 2014. The excellent TVET school campus in Tarin Kot should serve as a pilot school for Afghanistan’s TVET sector,” he said
 
Mahmood Shah Habibi from the ACAA said the province was virtually cut off from Afghanistan since 2013. “I am grateful for the generous support of the German and Dutch governments. Uruzgan now has a fully functional airport and Afghan airlines offer several flights per week to the great satisfaction of our people,” he said.

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