Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Silberhorn speaks of remarkable progress on development in northern Afghanistan

Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Silberhorn at the laying of the foundation stone for an engineering college in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan

16.02.2015 |

Mazar-e-Sharif/Berlin – Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, yesterday arrived in the Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif, where he visited a dairy receiving financial support from the BMZ and laid the foundation stone for an engineering college.

With Germany's support, the dairy, situated close to the provincial capital, has been able to extend its range of products and enhance efficiency, thus boosting profits. The benefits are felt by 1,800 dairy farmers and their families in the region.

Silberhorn commented, "It is remarkable how much progress has already been achieved on Afghanistan's development and how committed so many Afghans are to working every day on a better future for their country. Although the ISAF mission has ended, we will continue to support reconstruction and development in Afghanistan. It will take patience and perseverance. We will continue to focus on the north of the country and, together with the people of Afghanistan, aim to further improve the lives of people in that region."

As well as supporting economic development and employment, Germany is also helping the Afghan government to establish a modern system of vocational education and training. "Education and training are an investment in the country's future, enabling young people to take control of their own lives without being drawn to violence and extremism," said Silberhorn at the laying of the foundation stone for the new college.

During his visit, Silberhorn also met members of the provincial government and representatives of German and international development organisations.

Germany is providing 430 million euros each year for civil development in Afghanistan, of which 250 million comes from BMZ funds. This funding is channelled into projects and programmes to promote economic development and employment, strengthen education and training, build an administration based on the rule of law and improve energy and water supplies.

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