International community and Afghanistan make agreements on financial support and progress on reforms
Financial support for Afghanistan from the international community is dependent on the progress shown by the Afghan government in areas like good governance, human rights and efforts to tackle corruption. The Netherlands and the rest of the international community made concrete agreements on this with the Afghan government on 8 July in Tokyo.
In Tokyo, the international community discussed its continuing commitment to Afghanistan’s socioeconomic development in the long term. Over the last 10 years the progress made in Afghanistan in terms of education, health care, human rights, infrastructure and enterprise has been impressive, but is not yet irreversible. For this to be achieved, international support remains sorely needed. That is why the Netherlands will continue to contribute actively to Afghanistan’s development in the future. Afghanistan is one of the 15 partner countries with which the Netherlands has bilateral development ties.
The countries and international organisations at the conference emphasised that Afghanistan’s development is a shared responsibility. However, their support for Afghanistan is not unconditional. In exchange, the Afghan government has pledged to carry out specific reforms relating to governance, the rule of law and financial management. It has also undertaken to improve the human rights situation, particularly the position of women, and to tackle corruption. Financial support will depend on the progress made in the agreed areas, which will be reviewed annually.