Effective strategy for reconstruction of Afghanistan’s economy needed for solution of Afghanistan problems, says Tajik FM

 

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January 29, 2010, Rasoul Shodon

 

 

The Afghan problems cannot be solved only through force; to solve the Afghan problems it is necessary to develop an efficient strategy for reconstruction of Afghanistan’s economy, Tajik Foreign Minister remarked at the International Conference on Afghanistan that took place in London on January 28.

 

The strong and clear antiterrorist will and efficient and modern military and security forces aimed to implement the will is of outmost importance. However, it is not the only requirement, as the current problem of Afghanistan has no exclusively military solution.

 

An efficient strategy of construction of reconstruction is another vital and working factor.  Now all favorable conditions for that are provided: Afghanistan is rich of natural resources (including water and land resources), mineral resources, gas, precious stones, diligent and constructive people, financial potential as well as support of the international community.

 

“Therefore, I would like to emphasize the basic economic spheres including industry, agriculture, livestock, irrigation and especially economic and technical infrastructure,” said Zarifi, “For instance, construction of a limited number of medium and relatively large hydropower plants as well as reconstruction and development of irrigation system with not so much investment being attracted, gives opportunity to irrigate hundred thousand hectares of lands, create million of jobs and properties, generate electricity that is of vital importance, provide ground for real economic and social development. The construction of Dashtijum hydropower plant alone with total capacity of 4000 megawatt can lead to achievement of the previously mentioned goals.”

 

“Construction of rail links Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Iran and Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan that are expected to be connected to China through Kyrgyzstan would give opportunity to Afghanistan to earn hundreds million US Dollars and create favorable conditions for overall development,” noted Tajik foreign minister.  “On the other hand, our countries would find the shortest way to China and Central Asia that would be of a great value.  Construction of another bridge in Kokul area of Tajik-Afghan border, gas pipe-line and rail links connecting Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan would be a principal element in economic rehabilitation of Afghanistan and will have a particular importance for intensification of trade-economic relations of Afghanistan”.

 

According to him, construction of two large power transmission lines: Roghun-Kabul-Islamabad (CASA-1000 Project) and Roghun-Mazori-Sharif–Herat-Meshed would give opportunity to supply electricity for Afghanistan and border regions of Pakistan and Iran.

 

The efficient and successful implementation of these programs requires qualitatively new cooperation among our countries as well as the regional and interested ones. The cooperation is to have clear constructive and practical nature.

 

The world community should clearly realize that success of the international strategy of peace assistance and reconstruction and development in Afghanistan is a challenge which every country faces with.  Actually, the success of this strategy is a key factor of peace and stability, broad and efficient regional cooperation.  Therefore, both regional countries and international community are to take every strong and consistent effort to ensure effective and comprehensive implementation of the strategy.

 

Tajikistan shares a long border with Afghanistan which is 1 425 km. and protects Europe and rest of the world from narcotic aggression. We therefore, urge the world community to help Tajikistan in addressing modern challenges related to drug trafficking and weapons smuggling,” Zarifi said, noting that given the importance of regional cooperation, Tajikistan appeals on the international community afterwards the Kabul Conference to convene a Special Conference on Enhancing Regional Cooperation for the Benefit of Afghanistan in the second half of 2010 in Dushanbe.