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Islamic Emirate at a glance

Summary of the most significant accomplishments
of the Islamic Emirate 2022 – 2023

By: Hashmat Nasiri

Part V

  1. Attracting humanitarian assistance The Islamic Emirate has consistently embraced humanitarian assistance from the global community as a means to address the economic challenges facing Afghans. In this context, efforts have been made to facilitate the reception of humanitarian aid from affiliated entities of the United Nations, European Union member states, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Turkey, the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Turkmenistan, and other neighboring, regional, and international countries. As a result of negotiations conducted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with countries and international organizations, approximately $2 billion in humanitarian aid was disbursed to Afghanistan in 2022. This assistance encompassed food supplies directly distributed to the needy people, with the remainder allocated to sectors such as healthcare. Another significant accomplishment in this regard is the establishment of the representation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The activation of this representation in Afghanistan has facilitated essential opportunities for the distribution of humanitarian aid from member countries of this organization to needy families in Afghanistan. 2. The Endeavor towards the revival of stalled projects Over the past years, a multitude of developmental projects have been initiated with financial backing from various countries and funding entities. The Islamic Emirate has formally solicited the sustained collaboration of donor nations to ensure the completion and fruition of these projects. In this vein, one could cite the dispatch of correspondences to the Embassy of the Republic of India in Kabul, underscoring India’s financial contributions towards partially concluded developmental endeavors bearing substantial economic and societal ramifications, such as the Shah Toot Dam, and the commencement of work on said dam in Kabul, which was contracted with an Indian company. Similarly, another measure taken in this regard encompasses the appeal to the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China for the reinstatement of the 20-megawatt solar power project in Bamyan province. As a result of these efforts, preliminary work has been undertaken for the oil extraction project in the Amu Darya Basin, with plans for practical implementation in the near future. Practical steps have been taken towards the housing project in the Darul Aman area of Kabul city, undertaken by the People’s Republic of China, with preliminary activities reinitiated in the presence of a technical delegation of the country. Additionally, in negotiations with China, the practical commencement of the extraction project for the Ainak Copper Mine, as agreed upon by China and Afghanistan, has also been established. 3. Increasing trade and transit The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Emirate has also made significant efforts towards facilitating and strengthening trade and transit relations. Sending transit agreements of Afghan and Iranian transportation companies to the Iranian Embassy in Kabul, standardizing the country’s manufactured products and exporting them under the name of Afghanistan, and efforts to eliminate double taxation in Afghanistan’s commercial goods with various countries are among the achievements in the facilitation and enhancement of trade and transit relations of Afghanistan with other nations. Chapter Two Reform and transparency Ensuring transparency and enacting reforms stand as paramount objectives for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Aligning with reform agendas has yielded the eradication of administrative corruption, bolstered national revenues, expedited service provision, and heightened citizen satisfaction. Over the past year, concerted efforts have been made to combat state-owned land grabbing, alongside preventative measures against illicit mineral extraction and the smuggling of Afghanistan’s public assets abroad. 1. Combatting Stateowned land grabbing In the past 20 years of occupation in Afghanistan, stateowned land and public assets have been seized and vandalized by powerful individuals and groups. The Islamic Emirate is firmly committed to combating stateowned land grabbing and reclaiming unlawfully seized land. Over the past two years, the Islamic Emirate has made significant strides in preventing the usurpation of state-owned land and reclaiming unlawfully seized properties. As a result, state-owned land across the country have been stabilized and identified, wresting them back from the usurpers. In line with this, the Commission for Restitution of Stateowned Land was established under Decree No. (3) Dated October 3, 2022, by the leadership of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, commencing its activities nationwide. The activities of this commission have yielded the following achievements: • Survey of around 8 million jeribs of land in the capital and provinces. • Identification of 7.5 million jeribs of state-owned land nationwide. • Restitution of approximately 800,000 jeribs of state-grabbed land. • Referral of the matter of 6,000 jeribs of land to the court for obtaining consent from the disputing parties regarding of its ownership. Furthermore, significant accomplishments of this commission include the resumption of the Kabul New City project, the Aino Mina Township in Kandahar, and the retrieval of usurped land in the Nangarhar Canal. Moreover, cross-border issues in 14 provinces of the country have been resolved through coordination with neighboring countries, resulting in the establishment of 200 technical points to prevent border disputes.

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.