JCMB meets to review progress on Compact

Kabul, November 12, 2006 (Pajhwok Afghan News) - The Joint Coordination and Monitoring Body (JCMB) on Sunday held its third quarterly session which was also attended by the visiting delegation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

The high-level meeting examined progress on the Afghanistan Compact and ensured continued momentum despite the surge in insurgency in the southern and eastern parts of the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Professor Ishaq Nadiri, senior advisor to the president on economic affairs and the JCMB's co-chair, said there was recognition on all sides that the Compact must remain on track.

"Good progress has been made in reconstructing the country despite increased insurgency in the south and southeast," said Nadiri, who stressed the need for more work in this direction.

The JCMB oversees implementation of goals of the Afghanistan Compact - the five-year blue print for reconstruction that was signed in February 2006 at the London Conference on Afghanistan.

The meeting observed that security and financial bottlenecks and government capacity were the major problems need to be overcome. "We need to see a strong and coordinated effort by the Afghan government and the international community to meet the challenges ahead," said Professor Nadiri. "They need to be met directly and immediately and that will require a firm commitment," he added.

Substantial new resources and energies have been deployed over the previous months through the Policy Action Group (PAG), a high-level task force formed by President Karzai to address security situation in the south.

"The international community must give strong backing for the government's anti-corruption measures and focus on improving aid effectiveness so that more people benefit as development projects roll out across Afghanistan," said Tom Koenigs, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Afghanistan and another co-chair of the JCMB.

"We can and must cement peace, stability and progress for all Afghan people," he added.