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 Afghan Reconstruction Conference Draws Afghan and U.S. Officials, July 25, 2002
Ambassador Shahryar said it was "probably the most democratic election in the history of Afghanistan," while Afghanistan’s Minister of Reconstruction Mohammad Amin Farhang said the process made the people of Afghanistan feel more involved in the politics of their country.
The daylong meeting, held before a large crowd in Georgetown University’s gothic-style Gaston Hall, was preceded July 24 by several working groups, which discussed specific aspects of Afghanistan’s reconstruction in order to prepare reports of recommended actions.
However, Minister Farhang said that in terms of honoring its commitments, "the world has not delivered yet," and said the fact that only a small percentage of the $4.5 billion pledged in Tokyo had reached Afghanistan was putting much needed recovery projects on hold. /file2002_07/alia/a2072608.htm   (1177 words)

 2004-05, 1. samling - B 43 (som fremsat): Forslag til folketingsbeslutning om udvidelse af det danske bidrag til den internationale sikkerhedsstyrke ISAF i Afghanistan.
Det tysk-ledede Provincial Reconstruction Team i Feyzabad i provinsen Badakhshan i det nordlige Afghanistan består af et militært og et civilt element.
NATOs operationsplan fastlægger en trinvis udvidelse af operationsområdet til resten af Afghanistan og oprettelse af yderligere Provincial Reconstruction Teams, som primært består af militære men dog også civile dele.
Det øgede bidrag omfatter et bidrag til det tysk-ledede Provincial Reconstruction Team i Feyzabad i det nordøstlige Afghanistan, udsendelse af et dansk C-130 transportfly og et jordbaseret støtteelement samt eventuel udsendelse af et dansk kommunikationsmodul til Afghanistan. /Samling/20041/beslutningsforslag/B43/som_fremsat.htm   (1177 words)

 DefenseLINK News: Terrorists Can't Compete With Provincial Reconstruction Teams
WASHINGTON, April 21, 2004 -- The scope and scale of projects being undertaken by provincial reconstruction teams throughout Afghanistan are among the best defenses against terrorism in the region, according to the commander of the 18th Airborne Corps.
Students welcome members of the Parwan provincial reconstruction team to the opening ceremony for the Namaz Jay Primary Girls School in Golbahar, Afghanistan, March 23, 2004.
The provisional reconstruction teams are part of a U.S.-led civil-military project intended to help Afghans build and repair damaged infrastructure like roads, water wells and schools. /news/Apr2004/n04212004_200404211.html   (1177 words)

 U.S. TDA: Current Press Release
In addition to the Ministers of Reconstruction and Commerce, the Afghan delegation at the conference consists of the Minister of Communications, as well as the Governor of the Central Bank of Afghanistan and Deputy Ministers from seven other Afghan Ministries.
The speakers at the opening plenary session today were USTDA Director Thelma J. Askey; Under Secretary of Commerce Grant Aldonas; the Minister of Reconstruction of Afghanistan, His Excellency Amin Farhang; the Minister of Commerce of Afghanistan, His Excellency Sayed Mustafa Kazimi; and the Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States, His Excellency Islaq Shahryar.
CHICAGO - (June 9, 2003) Reconstruction of Afghanistan's infrastructure is the focus of a major conference that opened today, which is sponsored by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and the U.S. Department of Commerce. /trade/press/June9_03.html   (529 words)

 Statement by the Minister of Communications of Afghanistan at the WTDC-02
The major task ahead of the Ministry of Communications has been to facilitate the reconstruction of the telecommunication system in Afghanistan including landline telephone services, mobile telephone services (GSM), a high speed SONET ring for the transmission of voice, data, video and multimedia images in between cities and to/from outside the country.
To develop a policy which is effective and can meet the reconstruction needs of Afghanistan and that of the Information and Communication Technologies.
The subscribers of the telecommunication network in Afghanistan are mainly based in large cities and the rural population have no access to telecommunication services at all. /newsarchive/wtdc2002/afghanistan.html   (843 words)

 Fables of the Reconstruction - Bush isn't really favoring Halliburton and Bechtel. By Daniel Drezner
The basic hypothesis of the report is that campaign contributions must have affected the allocation of reconstruction contracts; Halliburton's and Bechtel's large reconstruction contracts and generous support of politicians hint at such a finding.
The winners of the top 10 contracts for work in Iraq and Afghanistan contributed about $1 million a year to national political parties, candidates and political action committees since 1990, according to the group, which studies the links between money and politics.
Consider the top 10 U.S. contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan in terms of dollars. /id/2090636   (1112 words)

Provincial reconstruction teams are helping the influence of Afghanistan’s new government exercise influence outside the capital city of Kabul.
The head of the Gardez Provincial Reconstruction Team recently attended a regional police center graduation.
The United States is a NATO member, and will continue to be involved in Afghanistan even if NATO eventually takes on the reconstruction and peacekeeping mission. /ContentFiles/120503_Afghanistan.doc   (1112 words)

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Born in Kabul in 1938 and educated at the University of Cologne in Germany, this former professor of economics and development at Bochum University has been Afghanistan’s minister of reconstruction since the establishment of the interim government
AFGHANISTAN: Interview with Reconstruction Minister Dr Amin Farhang
AFGHANISTAN: Interview with Reconstruction Minister Dr Amin Farhang - OCHA IRIN /report.asp?ReportID=30262&SelectRegion=Central_Asia&...   (1554 words)

 USAID Afghanistan: Photo Gallery
Afghan Intrim Chairman Hamid Karzai is presented with a children's dictionary at a USAID ceremony announcing the first U.S. funded programs for Afghanistan reconstruction.
Afghan Interim Chairman Hamid Karzai meets Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson at a USAID ceremony announcing the first U.S. funded programs for Afghanistan reconstruction.
Afghan Interim Chairman Hamid Karzai meets Congressman Jack Kingston (R - Georgia) at a USAID ceremony announcing the first U.S. funded programs for Afghanistan reconstruction. /locations/asia_near_east/afghanistan/photogallery/gallery_karzai/index3.html   (1554 words)

 Peace Corps Online May 12, 2004: Headlines: COS - Afghanistan: Congress: US Senate: RPCV Thomas Gouttierre testifies to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on "Afghanistan — Continuing Challenges"
The reconstruction of Afghanistan’s ground transport infrastructure is improving access of Afghans to their government and regional commercial centers.
It is also correct to raise concerns, as does the letter, about the continuing security and political and economic challenges of reconstruction in Afghanistan.
The continuing security, political, and economic challenges to the reconstruction of Afghanistan remain formidable. /messages/messages/467/2021777.html   (2663 words)

 Middle East Institute: Media Inquiries
Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Civil Society, Culture and Society, Democratization, Development, Human Rights (Turkey), Political Economy, Terrorism, National Security, Constitutional Development and Reconstruction in Afghanistan, History of Modern Afghan-US Relations
• Author of numerous books, chapters, and articles, including "Human Rights, Culture and Politics in Northern Tier Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan" (2003) and Pakistan and Afghanistan: Resistance and Reconstruction (1994)
• Member of the Iraqi Reconstruction and Development Council, working with the Coalition Provisional Authority, and of the Democratic Principles Working Group, convened by the State Department (2003) /about/about_experts_alpha.html   (2663 words)

 Democratic Policy Committee
The Administration requested $200 million to train and equip the Iraqi and Afghanistan armies and those of other "friendly nearby regional nations." The bill would restrict the funds to Iraq and Afghanistan.
The bill would provide $35.8 million for the costs of security and operations related to the establishment of U.S. diplomatic presences in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Within this amount, the bill would provide the following, although the President is granted the authority to shift these allocations to any Iraqi reconstruction activity. /~dpc/pubs/108-1-344.html   (2663 words) - Afghanistan: U.S. Deploys Military Reconstruction Team In Herat
Five similar groups, known as Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRT), are operating in different parts of Afghanistan (Bamiyan, Konduz, Mazar-e Sharif, Gardez, and Parwan).
Aid groups and UN institutions have criticized the deployment of the military teams in the safest areas of Afghanistan while avoiding deployments danger zones where humanitarian assistance is badly needed.
Kabul, 1 December 2003 (RFE/RL) -- The United States has established a military reconstruction team in the western Afghan province of Herat bordering Iran. /modules.php?name=News&file=print&sid=173   (2663 words)

 EUROCORPS :: ISAF VI :: Backgrounder :: ISAF Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs)
These Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) have operated in Afghanistan under the control of the US-led Coalition since Dec 2002.
It is therefore a natural precondition of PRT deployment that the reconstruction priorities of the lead and contributing nations should be subordinated to those of the Provincial and National Strategies.
The introduction of provincial strategies marks a turning point in Afghanistan’s rehabilitation, and there is unprecedented breadth of agreement on their necessity and potential to succeed. /article.php?article_id=37   (2663 words)

 IRIN-CA Weekly Round-up 97 covering the period 1 - 7 February 2003
"We are not dealing only with security, we want to help the reconstruction of Afghanistan," Robert Finn, United States ambassador to Afghanistan, told IRIN in the provincial capital, Gardez.
Last weekend marked the opening of the Coalition forces' first Civil-Military Operations Centre (CMOC) for reconstruction in the southern Afghanistan province of Paktia, marking a strategic shift from battling Taliban and Al-Qaeda renegades to reconstruction work.
The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), an independent research institution, recently issued a report saying that the Afghan government and the aid community had been premature in encouraging the return of nearly two million refugees in 2002. /print.asp?ReportID=32206   (883 words)

 DefendAmerica News - New Provincial Reconstruction Team Opens in Paktika Province
The opening of the Sharana Provincial Reconstruction Team brings to 13 the number of teams operating in Afghanistan.
Barno said the opening was significant and marked an expansion of the reconstruction efforts in eastern Afghanistan.
Kearney, 22, was a member Company B, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment of the Iowa Army National Guard, and was attached to the Sharana Provincial Reconstruction Team. /articles/nov2004/a112304c.html   (883 words)

 Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team Continues Efforts in Petaw
BAGRAM, Afghanistan — Troops from the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team continued to make their good intentions known as they ventured to Petaw Village Dec. 15 to discuss security issues in the area and to be updated on the villagers’ concerns.
It's good to see some reconstruction money finally getting to Afghanistan.
Troops from the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team continued to make their good intentions known as they ventured to Petaw Village Dec. 15 to discuss security issues in the area and to be updated on the villagers’ concerns. /focus/f-news/1048987/posts   (883 words)

 European and Pacific Stars & Stripes
Editor's Note: This is the first of a three-part series on reconstruction in Afghanistan.
Plans call for a reconstruction team — or the rough equivalent envisioned by the International Security Assistance Force — in each of the 32 provinces.
Additionally, NATO and other members of the coalition in Afghanistan will assume a greater role in the PRT mission. /article.asp?section=104&article=28938   (883 words)

According to Li, there are four key factors for Afghanistan's reconstruction, namely a stable domestic environment, a fully functioning state structure, stable regional cooperation, and the continuation of international assistance.
The United States is currently upgrading the status of its main logistical center in Afghanistan -- the Bagram airfield -- by building a new runway.
Teams of engineers have been removing unexploded bombs and land mines from Bagram's vast unused acreage during the past two years in preparation for what U.S. military officials have said is an expected expansion. /reports/afghan-report/2005/04/12-110405.asp   (883 words)

 Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Gardez
The teams are a means to provide some humanitarian and reconstruction assistance, as well as to extend the reach of Afghanistan’s central government in a country about the size of Texas.
For the ‘Office of Military Cooperation in Afghanistan’ that is funding this project, MAJ Fremling checks up on the progress of reconstruction work.
At the end of the day, Col Hunter and his team update each other on the progress of the reconstruction projects, their contacts with community leaders, and the security situation. /r/pa/obs/vid/27341.htm   (883 words)

 EurasiaNet Eurasia Insight - Looming Elections in Afghanistan Spur Rural Race for Influence Between US Troops and Taliban
In tacit recognition of the Taliban& recent gains in Zabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan, the United States and its North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies are giving stronger consideration to expanding peacekeeping operations, which are currently limited Kabul, as well as to increasing the number of civilian-military reconstruction teams operating in the provinces.
At the same time, Varlier indicated that the eventual success or failure of Afghanistan’s reconstruction process could very well hinge on the ability of the Afghan government, with the backing of the United States and other Western nations, to establish a stronger sense of security in Afghanistan, especially in southern areas of the country.
To counter an American military build-up in Afghanistan, Taliban insurgents appear to be intensifying a terror campaign aimed at undermining reconstruction efforts. /departments/insight/articles/eav031004.shtml   (1189 words)

 Scoop: NZDF to lead Afghan Provincial Reconstruction Team
New Zealand’s Defence Force will take leadership of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan’s Bamian Province at a ceremony tomorrow, Prime Minister Helen Clark announced today.
New Zealand Defence deployed about 100 personnel to Afghanistan in late August to form a PRT focusing on enhancing the security environment and promoting reconstruction efforts.
Commander of the New Zealand PRT, Colonel Neville Reilly, said he was very encouraged by the co-operation being shown by the local communities within Bamian. /stories/PA0309/S00482.htm   (1189 words)

 MOFA: Japan-Afghanistan Relations
Symposium "Peace Building in Afghanistan: Symposium on Progress in Post-war Reconstruction and Related Issues" to be held with the Participation of Mr.
In February, 2002, however, to follow up on the International Conference on Reconstruction Assistance to Afghanistan and to contribute to the peace and reconstruction process of the country, the Embassy of Japan in Afghanistan was reopened.
Invitation to Political Groups of Afghanistan (March 2000) /region/middle_e/afghanistan   (2248 words)

 Untitled Document
The reconstruction of Afghanistan is a real test of maturity for the changing pattern of international cooperation that emerged after September 11, 2001.
The Romanian EXIMBANK is considering the possibility of guaranteeing revolving credits of up to US $20 million for Romanian companies that are interested in industrial projects in Afghanistan.
- assistance for economic reconstruction and infrastructure rehabilitation from the private and public sector through consultancies on restructuring of industries and participation in reconstruction of basic civil and industrial infrastructure. /romania/geoanatokyo.htm   (2248 words)

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It is in our interest that the reconstruction of Afghanistan occurs, and that is mainly done by the outside coalition agencies.
In an interview with IRIN, Colonel Darrel Branhagen, director of the US-led coalition civil military coordination centre in Kabul, said more civil military forces in the shape of Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) were to be deployed in the troubled provinces of the country by June 2004.
The new command here is very clearly emphasising the role of reconstruction over and above military operations that we have been conducting in the past. /report.asp?ReportID=38812&SelectRegion=Central_Asia   (2248 words)

 Gunmen Kill 11 Chinese Workers in Afghanistan (
KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, June 10 -- Gunmen fired into the tents of sleeping Chinese road workers 22 miles south of the northern city of Kunduz early Thursday, killing 11 in one of the worst attacks on foreigners since the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001.
Gen. Mohammad Dawood, the top military commander in Kunduz, said the attack was not the work of the Taliban or its allies but a disgruntled northern commander aiming to disrupt security and reconstruction.
The provincial governor blamed the raid on radicals bent on destabilizing the government of President Hamid Karzai by attacking foreign and Afghan troops as well as aid and reconstruction workers ahead of elections in September. /wp-dyn/articles/A31595-2004Jun10.html   (2248 words)

 Rich Lowry on Afghanistan on National Review Online
The Americans who man the Jalalabad reconstruction team (one of 16 around the country) are working with Afghans in all areas — military, reconstruction, civil affairs — to try to nurture a new Afghanistan.
Afghanistan, the first front in the war on terror, has often been lost in the hue and cry over Iraq.
Even a special-forces team transferred to the area — with their trademark bearded, fearsome look — is providing enhanced security explicitly in anticipation of more violence at the time of the election. /lowry/lowry200408130813.asp   (2248 words)

 Online NewsHour: Building A Nation -- July 25, 2002
ABDULLAH ABDULLAH: From the money which was pledged for the reconstruction of Afghanistan, a part of it has been disbursed, but it has been mainly in terms of humanitarian assistances not reconstruction assistances.
Afghanistan is a country, which has the potential that, in some years, in five years, six years from now, it will be a country which can stand on its own feet, rather than foreign assistances.
ABDULLAH ABDULLAH: I'm absolutely sure about it because these concerns are common concerns once we have civilian losses, casualties of innocent people, it is an area of common concern for us and for our partners in the United States. /newshour/bb/asia/afghanistan/building_7-25.html   (1446 words)

 DefendAmerica News - Afghanistan Update
Afghanistan is the most mined country in the world and the Bagram area is the most mined area in Afghanistan - a fact attributed to 24 years of war including Soviet and Taliban occupation.
Coalition Joint Task Force-180 is a coalition military operation in Afghanistan with military forces from 20 coalition partner countries focused on creating the conditions for security, stability and reconstruction.
Attending the opening ceremony were Gen. Sadat, representing the Afghan Ministry of Interior; John Schweiger, U.S. Agency for International Development Representative to the Jalalabad Provincial Reconstruction Team, who spoke on behalf the United States; Nangarhar Governor Hadji Din Mohammad; Laghman Governor Mohammed Ibrahim Babakar Khel; and General Hazrat Ali, 1st Corps Commander. /afghanistan/update/jan2004/au012004.html   (1446 words)

 PRTs: The Public Face Of Special Ops
GARDEZ, Afghanistan — In a war fought mostly by secret warriors from Special Forces units, Provincial Reconstruction Teams are the friendly public face of the U.S. Special Operations Command in Afghanistan.
An expanding effort to bring stability to Afghanistan's wild, impoverished regions is one piece of a two-part strategy to defeat the bad guys, said reconstruction team soldiers, officers and civilians in remote Gardez.
Gardez was the first of six PRTs, said Col. David Bennett, Civil Affairs spokesman in Afghanistan. /NewsContent/0,13319,FL_ops_021204,00.html   (1028 words)

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