Kazakhstan considers providing more aid to Afghanistan

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Japan will help Kazakhstan provide aid to Afghanistan, said Kazakh Secretary of State Gulshara Abdykalikova during a meeting with Keizo Takemi, chair of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) and a member of Japan’s House of Councillors, reported Kazinform.

“Nowadays, as a result of the social and economic achievements and after reaching a totally new level of development, Kazakhstan is adjusting the development assistance issues and considering the possibility to increase the aid to the countries that are most in need, in particular, Afghanistan and the Asia-Pacific states. In this regard, jointly with the UNDP and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, we have finalised the draft document ‘Assistance from Kazakhstan in Cooperation with Afghanistan for Official Development Aid,’” she said.

The Secretary of State noted Kazakhstan had adopted the Law “On Official Development Aid.” Japan has hands-on experience in this respect and it will be useful for Kazakhstan to exchange experience in supporting Central Asian countries.

Abdykalikova added Kazakhstan is pursuing a coherent policy in terms of women’s empowerment as outlined in the nation’s Concept of Family and Gender Policy till 2030. Kazakhstan ranks 31st in the Davos Economic Forum rating in terms of creating opportunities for women in the economy, as women head 40 percent of the country’s small and medium-sized enterprises and have a 27-percent representation in Parliament. In this context, Kazakhstan is ready to continue cooperating with AFPPD, which is an important platform to develop dialogue between parliamentarians, exchange experience in population and development issues and develop an overall strategy for the preservation of reproductive health and protection of women’s rights. (inform.kz)