Ambassador Fatimie attends opening of Afghan CSO conference

July 7, 2012: Ambassador Dr. Sayed M. Amin Fatimie and Mr. Sayed Ali Asghar Amiri of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Tokyo attended an Afghan CSO conference organized in parallel to the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan. The multi-day conference, entitled “Voices Afghan Civil Society” brought together 33 “delegates representing various interests of the Afghan civil society, namely NGO, media, labor unions” and more, and was supported by Japanese CSOs, notably including Japan Platform and Peace Winds Japan. The discussions from the Afghan side were largely led by two chosen representatives, Mr. Hayatullah Hayat, Director of the Social Development and Legal Rights (SDLR) organization and Speaker of the Civil Society Coordination Center (CSCC), and Ms. Samira Hamidi, Country Director of the Afghan Women’s Network (AWN). The importance of empowered domestic CSOs for Afghanistan’s reconstruction and CSOs’ requests regarding the Tokyo Conference were discussed.

In his address, Ambassador Fatimie spoke both of the encouragingly progressing role that Afghan CSOs are having in the nation’s development as well as the lessons in strength and solidarity that could be drawn from Japan’s people and CSO sector.