OIC to resume halted Afghan development projects

KABUL (Tolo News): The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has pledged to resume incomplete projects across Afghanistan, the officials at the Ministry of Economy said. Abdul Rahman Habib, spokesman of the Ministry of Economy, said that the deputy of the OIC in a meeting with the Afghan Minister of Economy said that United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait will resume incomplete projects in Afghanistan.
According to the ministry, these three members of the OIC had already launched some agricultural, construction and road projects which remained unfinished across Afghanistan. “These countries– Qatar, UAE and Kuwait– implemented projects in Afghanistan and the projects have not been completed, so the projects are earmarked to be completed,” said Abdul Rahman Habib.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) said it hopes the organization of the Islamic cooperation will enhance its projects in Afghanistan as well. “The OIC that is to resume operations, we hope the OIC bank could start some development and public projects in Afghanistan,” said Ahmad Wali Haqmal.
Economy experts say the resumption of various projects will give an opportunity to the people to find access to employment. “The projects create trust, pave the way for employment, the production goes up and at the same time, the resumption of the projects will create trust in the world,” said Sayed Massoud, a university professor.
“The Islamic should use OIC to put pressure on the Islamic countries to recognize Afghanistan’s government,” said Muzamel Shinwari, an economic expert. The OIC has also committed to work on the recovery of the economy, providing humanitarian aid and resuming projects inside Afghanistan. With the fall of the republic government in August, nearly all development projects in Afghanistan, including the projects of Citizens’ Charter National Priority Program (CCNPP), stopped due to political and financial challenges.