New York – September 26, 2018, Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Cooperation Adela Raz spoke today at the Annual Ministerial Meeting of the Least Developed Countries held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
She briefed the participants about the implementation of the Istanbul Program of Action (IPoA) for LDCs in Afghanistan and stated that “despite the challenges related to peace, security and development, the government of Afghanistan is determined to implement the SDGs and other development agendas including IPoA.
The government is currently pursuing an integrated approach to self-reliance under the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF) and the National Priority Programs (NPPs) in areas such as agriculture, infrastructure, natural resources, human capital, private sector development and women’s economic empowerment.”
Deputy Foreign Minister Raz also highlighted the importance of regional economic cooperation as a cross-cutting enabler in the implementation of SDGs and IPoA and in this context, spoke about the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) and the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process (HoA-IP) as two prominent Afghanistan-centered regional cooperation frameworks. She also stressed the importance of continued international assistance to the implementation of IPoA.