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Together in Afghanistan
February 4, 2010 By W.¯.     wersja polska »
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Poland and Japan are working together in Afghanistan-Tokyo is sponsoring two infrastructure projects in Ghazni province that will involve Polish specialists.

The official signing of the grant agreements took place on Jan. 25 at the Japanese embassy in Kabul. The projects were proposed via a Polish representative who is part of a group of specialists operating in the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Ghazni province.

Poland, which has been part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from the start of the international operation in Afghanistan, assumed responsibility for security in the Ghazni region in October 2008 and sent soldiers and civilian experts to the PRT, which is under U.S. command. Since then, the Poles have been working systematically both on maintaining security in Ghazni and on ensuring the speediest possible construction of basic infrastructure in the region.

The Japanese government is providing financial support, in the form of grants totaling more than $565,000, for two projects-a school and anti-flood measures in Ghazni. The former project will help improve elementary education in the province and involves the construction of three school buildings in the town of Ghazni, the province capital. The Japanese government has assigned more than $472,000 for this purpose. The other project, worth almost $93,000, involves the construction of flood defenses in the Khaja Omeri district of Ghazni, to protect local farms and housing.

The official beneficiary of the two grants is the Afghanistan Independent Rehabilitation Organization, a local nongovernmental organization working on projects in cooperation with the PRT.

"The government of Japan hopes these projects will contribute to the further rebuilding of Afghanistan and is pleased to recognize their implementation as a manifestation of close cooperation between Japan and Poland, which consider the rebuilding of Afghanistan to be an extremely important issue," the Japanese embassy in Warsaw said in a statement.
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