The Afghan government is expecting a "sufficient" amount of assistance from international donors to be pledged at the Geneva conference, which is scheduled to be held in November.
Talking to TOLOnews, Economy Minister Mustafa Mastoor said the second document of the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework, or ANPDF II, for 2021 to 2025 has been finalized and the international community is expected to announce its support to Afghanistan within the framework of this document.
The ministerial conference will be organized by Finland and will be co-hosted by the Afghan government and the United Nations.
“Our hopes should remain high. I hope that the international community will not reduce its assistance (to Afghanistan) in the upcoming conference,” Mastoor said.
“Our efforts are aimed at having more pledges from our international partners so that we can lead Afghanistan toward self-reliance, but, for now, talking about this issue is premature,” said Shamroz Khan Masjidi, spokesman for the Ministry of Finance.
Critics and MPs said they are not optimistic about the international community’s pledge for the next four years as many countries have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
“I think that the Afghan government will fail to get commitments in the upcoming conference,” said Shabir Bashiri, an economic affairs analyst.
“Progress in reform and fighting corruption are the key criteria for the international community to decide to help, and in these areas the Afghan government will not have had considerable achievement, said Azim Kebarzani, an MP.
The international community pledged at least $16 billion to Afghanistan in the 2016 Geneva conference for the following four years. This year’s meeting was expected in the beginning of 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Earlier this month, the Ministry of Finance said that 18 out of 63 commitments have been met by the Afghan government so far.
Experts said the Afghan government expects to receive pledges of at least $8 billion of annual aid at the conference.