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Sweden gives $9m to MRRD for creating jobs

Sweden gives $9m to MRRD for creating jobs

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Aug 08, 2017 - 22:43

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Swedish government has provided $9 million in aid to the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) for welfare projects and creating job opportunities in vulnerable areas of the country.

Anders Sjoberg, Sweden envoy to Afghanistan, told a press conference in Kabul that his government paid the money through the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund and the World Bank to the MRRD to create job opportunities for people, particularly for refugees and displaced families.

He said implementation of different projects such as construction and repairing of roads, construction of public services centers like schools and healthcare centers would help create jobs.

The large number of Afghan refugee families returning from Iran and Pakistan and the internally displaced families put a huge pressure on the fragile social and economic situation of Afghanistan, he said, adding that the creation of more jobs were needed for the affected people.

Creating jobs for youths and vulnerable people would prevent them from joining militant groups and violence, Sjoberg said.

“Afghanistan has significant achievements in the past 15 years and Sweden is committed to cooperating with Afghanistan until 2024,” he said.

Rural rehabilitation and development minister Eng. Nasir Ahmad Durani said the Swedish aid would be spent through Citizen Charter program that would create temporary jobs for 14,000 affected people in vulnerable areas in 228 villages of different provinces.

He said Sweden had been supporting Afghanistan in areas of development, health and educational since 1980.

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