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On the Occasion of World Refugee Day

On this day, Afghanistan remembers the distress and hardships of Afghan refugees. The Afghan Government and in particular the Afghan Ministry for Refugees and Repatriations work hard to ensure voluntary and dignified gradual repatriation of Afghan refugees. With the continued assistance of our partners in the international community, Afghanistan will steadily aim at creating additional absorption capacities, vocational training, employment opportunities and other reintegration measures. The Government of Afghanistan is fully aware of the fact that increasingly large numbers of refugees pose a certain burden to host countries, particularly during periods of economic and financial crisis. We thank the host countries for their generous help and support and we trust that they will recommit to providing safe and dignified conditions for all refugees, in the spirit of international solidarity and sharing of responsibility.

H.E. Minister Humayoon Rasaw attends Vienna Energy Forum 2015

Vienna, 19.06.2015

On Thursday and Friday, H.E. Humayoon Rasaw, Minister of Commerce and Industries of Afghanistan, visited Vienna to attend the 4th Vienna Energy Forum 2015 (VEF), a biennial forum designed to allow both policymakers and leading minds in the field to engage in a dialogue on sustainable energy issues. At a High Level Panel discussion, Minister Rasaw commented on Afghanistan’s energy sector. Noting that the country has come a long way since 2001, the Minister informed the audience that about a decade ago Afghan communities were dependent on diesel generators provided by international aid organizations and that even now, parts of the population live without reliable electricity. At the same time, Afghanistan has plenty of opportunities to generate sustainable, renewable energy. The Minister called for assistance from the international community to create the required infrastructure to fully make use of these resources in order to provide sustainable energy for the entire country.

At the margins of the VEF, Minister Rasaw also engaged in several high level bilateral meetings to discuss the future of development cooperation between Afghanistan and the international community, including with: Ms. Amita Misra (Director, Regional Programmes and Field Representation Branch, UNIDO), Mr. Imran Farooque (Chief, Asia and the Pacific Bureau, UNIDO), Mr. Pradeep Monga (Director of Energy Branch and Special Representative of the Director General on Energy, UNIDO), H.E. Li Yong (Director General of UNIDO), Mr. Philippe Scholtès (Managing Director, Programme Development and Technical Cooperation Division, UNIDO), and Dr. Martin Ledolter (Director, Austrian Development Agency).

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