The contracts for 74 development projects of the Regional Programmes of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (RP/MRRD) were signed today between H.E. Minister Nasir Ahmad Durrani and representatives of Community Development Councils (CDCs), worth of AFN 229 million.
Out of 74 contracted projects, 67 will be funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), while the rest seven projects will be supported by the government of Afghanistan including 10% community contribution.
The contracted public utility projects will be implemented in the provinces of Balkh, Samangan, Baghlan, Badakhshan, Panjshir, Ghor, Bamyan, Laghman, Takhar, Logar, Paktia, Jawzjan, Kunar, Nuristan, Wardak, Daykundi, Kabul and Sar-e-Pul. The projects include: the construction of retaining walls, irrigation canals, water intakes, rural roads, bridge and culverts which will play a key role in term of flood risk mitigation.
Upon completion of these projects, 149,779 rural people will have improved access to various kinds of facilities. Approximately 80,140 labour days will be created for local people during the implementation of these projects.
Addressing those at the signing ceremony Minister Durrani said, “It is to be noted that the Regional Programmes of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development has been able to sign the contracts for 221 infrastructure projects at a sum of AFN 705 million as of current fiscal year.”
At the same time, the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development has been able to sign the contracts for 5192 development projects in ten sectors across the country through its national programmes, worth of USD 136 million (As of current fiscal year). Also, during last eleven months the MRRD has been able to execute and hand-over 12337 uplift projects throughout the country.
The government of Afghanistan has allocated USD 389 million development budget to the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development for the year 1394 [solar year]. So far, the MRRD has been able to disburse USD 272.3 million. Fortunately, the disbursement shows that the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development has spent 70 per cent of its development budget.
At the end of the signing ceremony, Minister Nasir Ahmad Durrani also talked about the new employment opportunities created by the MRRD under the auspices of National Employment Program.