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India’s New Development Programme in Afghanistan

Published Jan 16, 2019
Updated May 29, 2020

India has committed over US$ 3 billion towards economic development, humanitarian assistance, reconstruction and capacity building in Afghanistan. After a successful implementation of a large number of projects, including the Afghan-Indian Friendship Dam in Herat and Afghan National Parliament building in Kabul, India has embarked upon ‘New Development Partnership’ last year. This ushers in the next generation development projects as per the priorities of the Government and the people of Afghanistan.
Under this: 116 High Impact Community Development Projects are being implemented in 31 provinces of Afghanistan, including in the areas of education, health, agriculture, irrigation, drinking water, renewable energy, flood control, micro-hydropower, sports infrastructure, administrative infrastructure.
Construction of Shahtoot dam to augment the drinking water supply to Kabul city as well as facilitate irrigation.

Construction of low cost housing project in Nangarhar Province to facilitate resettlement of returning Afghan refugees,.

Road connectivity to Band-e-Amir in Bamyan Province will be strengthened to promote tourism to the National Park and its economic development

Human Resource capacity building programmes expanded with over 3500 annual scholarship and training slots for Afghan students, officials, security personnel in Indian institutions. This year a scholarship programme for the next of the kin of Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) martyrs and exclusive training programme for women officers of ANDSF

India is also sharing experiences in administrative reforms, civil service recruitment and training; public finance management; e-governance; training of electoral officials; promotion of online education. Support has been extended to build women self-help groups. Management of natural resources through application of remote sensing technology.

Building reliable connectivity for land locked Afghanistan is key component of our regional partnership. Chabahar Port project and direct India-Afghanistan Air-Freight Corridor have been successfully operationalised. In recognition of the importance of private enterprise and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the economic recovery process, India has been, for the last two years, providing a immensely successful business platform for private business enterprises of the two countries to cooperate on investments and business promotion.

The IndiaAfghanistan Trade and Investment Shows held in cooperation with the US and Afghanistan in New Delhi and Mumbai in 2017 and 2018, respectively, have generated a cumulative business propositions in excess of US$ 500 million amongst private businesses of the two countries.

Concomitantly, our bilateral trade last year rose by over 40% to cross the figure of US$ 1.1 billion with a functional air corridor.