In order to strengthen the bilateral development partnership, the Government of India has inked 5 Memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with Afghanistan under the former’s high impact community development projects (HICDP) programme. The objective behind these MoUs is the development of educational infrastructure in four Afghan provinces namely Nooristan, Farah, Badakhshan and Kapisa.
- The ceremony for the signing of the MoUs was held in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul which was presided over by the Afghan minister of economy, Mustafa Mastoor. The five MoUs were signed by Indian Ambassador Vinay Kumar, Higher Education Minister Abdul Tawab Balakarzai, Mustafa Mastoor, and Deputy Education Minister Abdul Subhan Raouf.
- The projects to be taken up under the five MoUs include the construction of classrooms, a higher education building and a road within the campus of Albironi University.
-Since 2001, India has undertaken projects worth $3 billion in Afghanistan, including $1 billion pledged in 2016 under the “new development partnership” scheme over a period of five years.
-Since 2005, the Indian government has committed $200 million to support more than 550 high impact community development projects across Afghanistan. Of these, more than 400 projects have already been completed while the rest are in various stages of implementation.
Currency– Afghan afghani
President– Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai