World Bank launches stakeholder’s consultation for economic initiatives after peace with the Taliban
The World Bank today launched a stakeholder’s consultation
to identify economic initiatives to support and sustain peace in Afghanistan
once a potential political settlement is reached with the Taliban.
It further said in a statement issued today, August 21, that
it has already completed several consultations with international and Afghan
stakeholders. “The World Bank is now seeking broader input from all stakeholders
and made public several draft documents on its website to facilitate the
process,” the statement added.
According to Henry Kerali, the World Bank Country Director
for Afghanistan, the consultations will serve to show that a peace agreement
can bring substantial economic benefits and is interests of the warring
parties, to identify potential principles and themes to guide programming
decisions following a settlement, and to provide some concrete ideas about the
programs that could be initiated to maintain peace.
Kerali also noted that the consultations come at a critical
time for Afghanistan. “The World Bank is merely providing technical
analysis and is not involved in any negotiations; our priority is to plan for
the future of Afghanistan. Peace prospects can improve if the right economic
conditions are in place and create job opportunities for those who might
otherwise take up arms.”
Kerali also noted that public input would be vital to ensure
The World Bank was asked last year in Geneva Conference on
Afghanistan, September 27-28, to prepare an inclusive plan for coordinating
development projects and international aid to Afghanistan for a post-peace
This comes days after US chief negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad
has left Washington for Qatar and Afghanistan to resume a new round of peace
talks with the Taliban.