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Donor countries pledge $16 billion in aid to Afghanistan

07-09-2012 00:15 BJT

Around 70 countries and organizations, have gathered in Tokyo, and have pledged 16 billion dollars development aid to Afghanistan. Afghanistan will be facing a crucial period until and beyond 2014, when most NATO-led foreign combat troops will leave the war-torn country. CCTV correspondent Terrence Terahsima reports from the Tokyo on the Conference on Afghanistan.

The Tokyo conference on aid to Afghanistan’s crucial transitional period, concluded with 16 billion dollars of pledge by international donors.

Paving way for the country’s sustainable development,

Among the major donors, the US is expected to provide around one billion dollars every year, and Japan, says it will provide a maximum of $3 billion up to 2016

During the stopover in Kabul, U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton expressed her country’s support not only in aid, but upgraded Afghanistan’s security status to a major non-NATO ally.

However, the International aid is conditional. Kabul’s must show its efforts to combat corruption and strengthen democracy

Donors are seeking a mechanism to regularly monitor how the aid money was spent, not wasted by corruption or mismanagement.

And while achieving a sustainable development, the government of Afghanistan is asked to safeguard the democratic process, rule of law and human rights

President Karzai replied with his own pledge.

He said, "I pledged that over the remaining two years of my term in the office I will vigorously pursue the agenda of good governance, accountability and aid effectiveness"

The Tokyo declaration stated stronger foundation for partnership to support sustainable growth and development of Afghanistan

Promoting Security and peace, Governance and Economic self-Reliance

UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon said, "We are at a critical moment in Afghanistan’s history, in transition from reliance on the aid that has enabled the country’s institutions to take root, to a normalized relationship of a sovereign functioning Afghanistan with its people and with its international partners.”

The Tokyo conference concluded with the note to convene the next ministerial meeting in U.K. after the Afghanistan’s presidential election in 2014.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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