Afghan and Indian officials signed five memoranda of understanding (MOUs) at a ceremony in Kabul on Sunday for the development of educational infrastructure in four Afghan provinces namely Nuristan, Farah, Badakhshan and Kapisa.
The MOUs, worth $2.6 million, will go towards the $200 million pledge by the Indian government made in 2005.
“One of the reasons for the start of the fourth phase was the closure of the first and second phase. These phases were awaiting the new government and now the new government has started its work,” said Mustafa Mastoor, the minister of economy.
The High Impact Community Development Projects started 15 years ago, and, so far, 587 projects have been implemented in different provinces.
The projects signed on Sunday include the construction of classrooms, the construction of a higher education building and the construction of a road within the Alberoni University compound in Parwan province, north of Kabul, according to a statement by India’s embassy in Kabul.
“Today, we also started two other projects in two provinces worth $1.7 million,” said Abdul Tawab Balakzarzai, the acting minister of higher education. “One of them is the construction of a building for higher education and another is the construction of roads within the Alberoni University compound that has 2.7 kilometers length.”
“These projects that we do contribute to the local economy and human and physical capacity building at multiple levels. We of course remain committed to continue this development cooperation that we have,” Indian Ambassador in Kabul, Vinay Kumar, said.
India has provided at least $3 billion in aid to Afghanistan.