We don’t want charity; We want connectivity: Ghani
President Ashraf Ghani told delegates attending the Geneva Conference on Monday that Afghanistan wants to be self-sufficient but needs the help of the international community to achieve this.g
He said regional connectivity was key to achieving this and said simply: “We don’t want charity; We want connectivity.”
He thanked Afghanistan’s partners for the investments made so far in the country and thanked those who could also see his vision of a connected country with a strong trade and transit footprint.
Ghani acknowledged “enormous waste” in expenditure had been recorded in the development of the country but recommended a strong asset management and monitoring program be introduced so as to attract large scale investment – especially from multinational companies.
He also stated that a sovereign, united, democratic Afghanistan can only be an asset to the region and to the rest of the world.
#Ghani said this during his opening remarks at Monday’s donor pledging conference that will see international partners commit to funding for the Afghan government for the next four years.