Faster, better rebuilding to be focus of high-level Afghanistan meeting in Berlin

UNAMA, January 25, 2007

KABUL: Delegates from more than 20 countries and Afghan government ministers will meet in Berlin, Germany on January 30th and 31st to focus on speeding and mobilizing support for Afghanistan’s rebuilding.

The meeting comes almost a year to the day since the Afghanistan Compact and interim Afghan National Development Strategy were presented at the London Conference on Afghanistan. It will be the fourth session of the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board.

Day One of the meeting will see examination of an Afghan Government Position Paper looking at the challenges confronting Afghanistan and proposing new ways forward. Day Two will review the progress on the benchmarks of the Afghanistan Compact, focusing on security-sector issues, budget execution and national capacity, legislative matters, and upcoming elections.

The job of the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board, as the main political coordination forum for Afghanistan and the international community, is to oversee implementation of the Afghanistan Compact, the successor to the Bonn Agreement. Since its launch in April 2006the JCMB’s international membership has grown, reflecting the strong international support that Afghanistan enjoys. The choice of Berlin for this meeting reflects the intention that at least one JCMB meeting per year will be in a major international setting.

The meeting is taking place in the main conference room of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Stein Meier and Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Dr. Ranging Dad far Santa will open the session. The meeting will be presided over by the two JCMB co-chairs, Professor Shaq Nadir, Senior Economic Adviser to President Karzai, and Tom Koenigs, Special Representative of then Secretary General in Afghanistan.

Notes to Editors:
Fact sheets on the JCMB, Afghanistan Compact and ANDS are available in Pashto, Dari and English at www.unama-afg.org and at www.ands.gov.af.