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Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan - Oct 11

Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan - Oct 11

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Published by Tim Mathews
Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan (October 2011); the eighth semi-annual report to Congress on this topic
Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan (October 2011); the eighth semi-annual report to Congress on this topic

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Published by: Tim Mathews on Oct 30, 2011
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Donor, ISAF, and Afghan Government coordination for the planning and implementation of road
development projects continues to be excellent, and the road network in Afghanistan continues to
expand.

During the reporting period, the Asian Development Bank awarded the oversight contract for the
remaining unpaved 233 km portion of the Ring Road. Although the contract is still under
negotiation, it is expected to be signed in October, with construction slated to begin in January
2012.

With the nearing completion of the Ring Road, there is a growing vision of Afghanistan as a
regional transportation hub. Accordingly, the Afghan Government committed to developing an
East-West Corridor of 655 km paved road connecting Herat to Kabul to promote regional trade
and economic integration in central and south Asia. However, a number of obstacles still
remain, including a lack of funding commitments for the central corridor, security, and concerns
about weak Afghan Government financial management and O&M capacity.

Efforts are also underway to assist the Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) in establishing a road
authority that would be responsible for policy, regulation, and providing O&M for more than
34,800 km of roads that have been rehabilitated or constructed, including 6,000 km of national
and regional highways. Currently, the MoPW has insufficient capacity to execute O&M
programs. It is anticipated that donors will play a key role, once a road authority has been
established, in providing technical assistance, training, and mentoring for a cadre of engineers to
assume O&M program administration and technical work. The road authority would likely be an
independent agency capable of generating revenue through tolls and fuel taxes to support its
activities. However, there has been very little progress to date in establishing the road authority.

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