Dutch, Germans take on projects in Afghanistan
The European neighbours will work together to complete three infrastructure projects worth millions of euros.
The Hague – The Netherlands and Germany will co-operate on three large infrastructure projects worth EUR 23.3 million in southern Afghanistan.
The Netherlands will contribute EUR 17.6 million and Germany EUR 5.7 million.
Projects include constructing a new technical school in the Uruzgan province, arrival and departure halls for the airfield at Camp Holland near the city of Tarin Kowt and the renovation of a closed technical school in the Kandahar province.
The arrival and departure hall will allow the airfield to be used for civil aviation as well as military flights. A regular commercial service recently started between Tarin Kowt and Kabul.
The projects were suggested by the Afghan authorities.
Development co-operation minister Bert Koenders said the projects are "crucial for the future of two of the poorest provinces in one of the poorest countries in the world."
Collaboration with Germany represents "further implementation of our 3D approach – defence, diplomacy and development," said Koenders.
Germany will contribute its years of experience with technical education in Afghanistan and the Netherlands will contribute its know-how in road construction and hydraulic engineering, he continued.
The projects will begin in 2009 and are expected to be completed by late 2010.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica