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03-09 Afghan Public Protection Force Signs Its First Security Contracts With International NGO

03-09 Afghan Public Protection Force Signs Its First Security Contracts With International NGO

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Published by: International Relief and Development on Apr 18, 2012
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INTERNATIONAL
 
RELIEF
 
&
 
DEVELOPMENT
 
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1621
 
NORTH
 
KENT
 
STREET,
 
4TH
 
FLOOR
 
|
 
ARLINGTON,
 
VA
 
22209
 
T
 
703.248.0161
 
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F
 
703.248.0194
 
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WWW.IRD.ORG
 
Afghan
 
Public
 
Protection
 
Force
 
Signs
 
Its
 
First
 
Security
 
Contracts
 
With
 
International
 
NGO
 
FOR
 
IMMEDIATE
 
RELEASE
 
MARCH
 
9,
 
2012
 
CONTACT:
 
MELISSA
 
PRICE
 
571
366
1596
 
PRESS@IRD
DC.ORG
 
ARLINGTON, VA –International Relief & Development(IRD), a majorimplementer of U.S. foreign assistance and a leader in the internationalstabilization and development community, and the Afghan Public ProtectionForce (APPF) this week signed the first contracts transitioning security servicesfrom private companies to the APPF.“IRD welcomes this important transition to Afghan-led security services,” said
Arthur Keys
, IRD President and CEO. “This is a positive step for thegovernment of Afghanistan, and we look forward to working with the APPF aswe both work toward a more stable and secure future for the people of Afghanistan.”At an event on Wednesday, the Afghan Minister of Interior Bismullah KhanMohammedi and APPF Deputy Minister Jemal Abdul Naser Sidiqi signed threecontracts with IRD, one with Louis Berger - Black and Veatch, and another withAfghan Fleet and Group Services. The IRD contracts will cover securityprotection for the Southern Regional Agricultural Development (S-RAD)program, the Afghan Civilian Assistance Program (ACAP II), and theEngineering, Quality Assurance and Logistical Support (EQUALS) program."The work of the APPF serves as a strong example of the Afghan Governmenttaking control of its future,” said
Larry Sampler
, Senior Deputy AssistantAdministrator for the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs at the U.S.Agency for International Development (USAID). “USAID and its implementingpartners like IRD have been working hard to adapt their operations to the newAfghan security regulations. And the new IRD security agreements representboth the success of increased Afghan capacity building and a strong U.Scommitment to transition to Afghan-led programming."-- more --

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