Commission formed to plan Afghan reconstruction projects

Kandahar City, January 26, 2006 (Asia Pulse) - The Afghan Ministry of Economy has opened a new department in the southern province of Kandahar to plan reconstruction projects and coordinate donors.

Planning Manager Haji Mohammad Rahim Rahimi told Pajhwok Afghan News, the new office, called the Provincial Development Commission, was opened on Wednesday on a special recommendation from President Hamid Karzai. "The Provincial Development Commission will prepare plans for all projects, which will be launched after getting approval from the ministry," said Rahimi. The commission would also point out which projects should be given priority.

It is pertinent to mention here that the erstwhile planning ministry was merged into the Ministry of Economy after completion of the transitional rule of President Hamid Karzai in December 2004.