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Estonia To Support Security And Education In Afghanistan

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Estonia to support security and education in Afghanistan with nearly 780,000 euros






The Estonian Foreign Ministry has allocated 500,000 euros to the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) and nearly 280,000 euros in support of the Afghanistan police force. At least half of the contribution to the trust fund will go to promote education.

According to Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand, Afghanistan is one of Estonia’s development cooperation priority countries. “We wish to contribute to achieving security and stability in the region, which is particularly important in the context of the current migration crisis.

Alongside military activity, civil contribution is of key importance for guaranteeing security, in order to help Afghanistan reach the stage where the country can manage on its own and not depend so much on donor aid,” Kaljurand said.

The Foreign Minister added that alongside security, Estonia also considers the promotion of education in Afghanistan to be essential. “Education is one of the pillars of development and stability in society.

In addition to support via the trust fund, we have many bilateral educational projects in the works as well, for instance six faculty members at the University of Kabul are currently studying in Doctoral programmes at Tallinn University,“ she said.

The Foreign Ministry’s contribution will go to support the police forces in all areas of Afghanistan, in order to improve their capabilities, their ability to cope independently, the whole country’s internal security, and thereby to also contribute to improving the security situation in the region.

In May of 2012, during the NATO summit in Chicago, Estonia, alongside other international donors, committed to supporting Afghanistan’s army and police from 2015 to 2017.

Estonia’s annual contribution of 500,000 U.S. dollars is divided between the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Defence, where the Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports Afghanistan’s police with 300,000 dollars (about 280,000 euros) per year.

Support for the Afghan police is carried out through the LOTFA (Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan) fund which is managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) was created in 2002 in order to support Afghanistan’s government. The fund is administered by the World Bank and through it donor countries can contribute to the development of Afghanistan.

Through the ARTF, various areas are financed such as health, education, agriculture, infrastructures and management. Estonia also contributed 500 000 euros to the fund last year and the year before last, directing half of that to support education.

{source: Government of Estonia}


[photo credits-featured image: By Staff Sgt. Marcus J. Quarterman (U.S. Army) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons]



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