H.E Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
H.E. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
H.E Donald Tusk, President of the European Council
H.E. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations
H.E. John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State
His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims
Ladies and Gentlemen,
On behalf of the National Unity Government of Afghanistan and as the , it is a great privilege to welcome you all today. The overarching theme of this conference is
Peace and Prosperity are the priorities of the Afghan government. The Afghan nation is grateful to our international partners for their And once again, your presence here today reaffirms our enduring partnership and great alliance.
It strengthens and renews our joint commitment to see an
And for those who want this our gathering here today sends a clear message:
Since 2001, we have traveled a long and difficult journey together. When our partnership started, years of conflict had left Afghanistan devastated across the board. it is worth remembering that in 2002, were at schools with no girl among them. In the education sector, that was our starting point.
Today, Afghan women are active members of the We have women ministers, deputy ministers, parliamentarians, members of the high peace council, judges, attorney generals, and ambassadors.
Due to government’s , we have achieved considerable progress in public health system. Maternal and child mortality rates have declined significantly.
Our fiscal position has also improved considerably. and more have helped us balance our expenses. Over the period our revenue has increased to 29 percent and is estimated to increase to 32 percent.
In late July, after over a decade of negotiations, Afghanistan acceded to the . As a land locked country, we look forward to benefit from the for under the WTO multilateral trading system.
The Afghan government’s commitment in fighting The establishment of an independent in Kabul and the creation of the are the strong examples of this commitment.
last month is a major step towards electoral reforms in ensuring more transparent:
Building on a broad framework and consensus established in previous conferences on Afghanistan and under the leadership of the National Unity Government,
Now it is the time for us to further foster our national reform agenda, and the priorities described in .
we took an important step in overall efforts to achieve a lasting peace, by concluding the signing of peace agreement with Hezb-e-Islami group. While fully committed to preserving the rights of our citizens, , we are ready to sign similar agreements with other armed opposition groups, who are ready to
A glimpse at where we stand in our shared journey shows that our These are the achievements that are shared between the people of Afghanistan and the international community.
. On a daily basis, our brave security and defense forces are fighting to eliminate
It falls upon all of us, as a responsibility, to make sure no innocent life is lost anymore whether
It is important today that we maintain beyond pledging to assist the Afghan nation in its path
We need to strengthen Afghan ownership and leadership, and renew our development partnership by taking into account the emerging challenges.
Yesterday, the side event on added more values to the existing namely the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan and
These platforms and processes will help us to work closely with our neighbors to build better regional understanding, and
The rich discussions during the side event, were also assuring for Afghan women’s economic empowerment. It offered a unique perspective on the essential role of Afghan women in helping
, this conference is an opportunity to provide a platform for the government of Afghanistan to
to reaffirm their sustained political and financial support to Afghanistan’s peace-building and development efforts.
Today, once more, we will express our durable commitment towards building a democratic and peaceful Afghanistan; and we will show to the adversaries