KABUL, FEBRUARY 5 – Thanks to a large contribution of the Italian cooperation, a one-hundred and fifty-five kilometres road will facilitate connections between Herat and Chist-e-Sharif in western Afghanistan, helping thousands of citizens come out of isolation. The Italian government allocated over 92 million euro for the construction of the road connecting the eastern area to the western part of the country.
The signing ceremony of the financial agreement took place 1 February in Kabul, before the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, the Italian Ambassador Roberto Cantone, the Director of AICS [Italian Agency for Development Cooperation) for Afghanistan Rosario Centola, the Minister of Finance, Eklil Hakimi, and the Minister of Public Works, Mahmood Baligh.
Construction is expected to be completed in three-four years. It will be funded with a credit line stipulated between Cassa Depositi e Prestiti and the Afghan Ministry of Finance for a total amount of 92,271,824 euros, besides the 2 million euros donated to UNOPS (UN Office for Projects and Services) for the technical assistance. Once completed, the road will become the strategic commercial route for the upcoming intermodal hub in Herat, which will include programmes intersecting road, rail and air transport systems.
Italy has been engaged in developing several infrastructure projects for over a decade in various areas in western Afghanistan, such as the Herat bypass, the railway which will connect Herat to Marshad, and the ugrade of the airport according to interantiocal ICAO standards, with a financial allocation exceeding 277 million euros. (@OnuItalia)