Amb Lovrenčič visits ITF's Project in Afghanistan
The overall goal of ITF’s involvement is to strengthen national ownership of mine action through the support of the Directorate for Mine Action Coordination (DMAC) within the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA). The objective is to develop sustainable, national capabilities, and promote economic stability and regional security. This includes activities supporting Mine Action Program of Afghanistan (MAPA) coordination, mine action planning and priority setting, quality assurance of mine action works, accreditation and certification. Funded by the United States of America and Republic of Slovenia, ITF has also supported the work of the MDC Polyclinic in Kabul.
To address the day-to-day requirements of its project in Afghanistan, ITF established its Temporary Implementation Office in Kabul. Ambassador Lovrenčič visited the office and ITF staff, and was familiarized with their daily activities.
Ambassador Lovrenčič met with H.E. Minister Najib Aqa Fehim, who is responsible for the field of Disaster Management in Afghanistan and consequently also for DMAC. Ambassador Lovrenčič presented ITF’s overall achievements and its specific achievements in Afghanistan.
He also visited ITF’s main partner in project implementation – DMAC. DMAC Director Shafiq Yosufi and the entire DMAC Management Team presented MAPA’s historical achievements to Ambassador Lovrenčič as well as recent challenges MAPA and DMAC are facing at the moment.
Throughout his visit, Ambassador Lovrenčič emphasized the need for the continuation of support for clearance activities and for victim assistance in Afghanistan, including to most important donors for humanitarian and development aid in Afghanistan.