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The Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development signs 67 development project contracts in Kandahar

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Source: Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Press Release No: 344

Kandahar (Thursday, June 12, 2008): H.E. Mohammad Ehsan Zia, Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, today signed 67 development project contracts for the southwestern provinces with private companies and Community Development Councils (CDCs).

The total cost of these projects, including roads, clinics, drinking water, retaining walls, and water intakes amounts to (USD) 2,740,354 (Afs137,017700) funded through the development budget of MRRD.

Of these projects, 26 will be implemented in Kandahar province, 10 in Zabul province, 6 in Nimroz province, and 26 in Urozgan province. In total, these projects will create will create 122,388 working days while employing 1,574 local residents. The completion of these projects will provide 45,924 families with a wide range of essential facilities.

With the signing of these development contracts during this visit of H.E. Mohammad Ehsan Zia to Kandahar, the number of development projects for these provinces now totals 572, of which 284 are completed.

In a press conference following the signing ceremony, H.E. Mohammad Ehsan Zia said: ‘The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development has launched hundreds of projects in southwestern Afghanistan over the last two years. The Kandahar Model, which allows us to rapidly implement development projects, is a success that now extends to Helmand province and beyond.

H.E. Mohammad Ehsan Zia added: ‘The communities involved contributed significantly to the implementation of these projects: a commitment that demonstrates their eagerness to rebuild local infrastructure and reduce insecurity.’

The contract signings follows H.E. Mohammad Ehsan Zia’s announcement Wednesday of a (CDN$) 50 million (approximately Afs 100,000,000) investment by the government of Canada to repair the Dahla dam, the Province of Kandahar’s major source of drinking and irrigation water. The project, which this September, will create 10,000 jobs and irrigate 10,000 hectares of land.

The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development helps ensure the social, economic and political well-being of rural society, especially poor and vulnerable people, through the provision of basic services, to strengthen local governance and promote sustainable livelihoods.

Please see attached the latest Dari development update for the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation & Development.

For more information
Please Call
Mr.Daud Habib zai
Cells: +93-(0)700 665 483
Email: dhabibzai@mrrd.gov.af
Website: http://www.mrrd.gov.af 

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Written by afghandevnews

June 12, 2008 at 6:05 am

Posted in Development

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