The Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) meeting held on, Saturday under the co-chairmanship of the Minister of Finance, Dr. Omar Zakhilwal, and the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for Afghanistan, Mr. Ján Kubiš.
The meeting was attended by ministers, deputy ministers, senior government officials, ambassadors, civil society, and the private sector. Participants acknowledged the progress made on the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework (TMAF)
In opening the meeting, Dr. Zakhilwal said, “In the framework of the Tokyo Conference in 2012, the Afghan government and the international community agreed upon seventeen indicators, and Afghanistan has fulfilled 16 of them. The momentum generated by the Government under TMAF is proof of its ability and political will to meet its commitments to the Afghan people and to the International Community. Afghanistan has achieved great progress in the implementation of the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework.”
Despite of all challenges national incomes showed a 14 percent raise in the first quarter of this year, as compared to same period of previous year.
Dr. Zakhilwal said that “We don’t have any problem in the payment of salaries , but we really faced challenges in development budget”. He called on donors to contribute committed aids on defined time, so that the Afghan government is not facing challenges in funding of development budget across the country.
It is anticipated that the Afghanistan economic progress meeting with donors, to discuss new commitments, will be held after the presidential election, he said.
The Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for Afghanistan, Mr. Ján Kubiš appreciated the efforts of the Afghan government in many areas and several pieces of legislations that are finally reaching parliament and considered by the parliament. He said that these pieces of legislation are mportant for perusing further the necessary reforms in the country.