World Economy

Ghani: Afghanistan Will Introduce Structural Reforms

Ghani: Afghanistan Will Introduce Structural ReformsGhani: Afghanistan Will Introduce Structural Reforms

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has opened a conference of donors to his country’s reconstruction after almost 40 years of war, telling them he has made progress on a range of major challengers including security and corruption. He vowed to fight corruption, promote economic growth and take the militancy-plagued country towards self- sufficiency.

He made the promise in his opening remarks at the senior officials meeting of donor nations in Kabul on Saturday, Xinhua reported.

Ghani said his government has fought against corruption and would continue to fight against the menace, ensuring good governance in the war-ravaged country.

“We have planned to introduce structural reforms to take the country from an economy that was built on the consumption of foreign aid to one that is built around rising productivity through commercial investment. We will work towards creating job opportunities, alleviating poverty and boosting trade and investment,” the president said in his speech.

He acknowledged a problem with job creation but said it was a “priority of the national unity government.”

He noted he has also sought to bring women into senior government positions, including four ministers and one provincial governor.

At the conference attended by delegates from some 60 countries, the international community’s pledge to Afghanistan would be reviewed.

This is the first high-level meeting of donor nations since the formation of the new Afghan government in September 2014.

Ghani said Afghanistan today has a complete government, a government of national unity which has already started reforms in different fields including judiciary and electoral system, and will move Afghanistan from a donor-reliant economy to one of self- sufficiency.