To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Prime Minister's Statement of 30 November 2009, Official Report, columns 831-36W, on Afghanistan and Pakistan, what agreements have been reached with (a) the government of Afghanistan and (b) international partners on sources of funding for the programme of economic growth; how much such funding he expects to be available to that programme; and when he expects that programme to be implemented.
I have been asked to reply.
In June 2008, the Government of Afghanistan published its Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS), covering the period 2008 to 2013. The international community pledged a total of US $21 billion to the ANDS, with Afghan domestic revenues expected to contribute US $6.8 billion.
The Department for International Development (DFID) committed £510 million to implementation of the ANDS between 2009 and 2013. The alignment of DFID funding with ANDS priorities is enhanced by channelling at least 50 per cent. of resources through Afghan Government systems.