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China providing Afghanistan $ 23.5 million grant

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Kabul — H.E. Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, Afghan Foreign Minister and Mr. Xu Feihong, Ambassador Extraordinary of the People’s Republic of China signed an Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation worth 150 million yuan ($23.5 million) today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This sum is a part of the grant assistance of China to the people of Afghanistan.

The latest grant will be spent on the implementation of projects based on consultations between the two countries. Since 2001 The People’s Republic of China has provided a total amount of $200 million to reconstruction projects in Afghanistan.

The main projects include the reconstruction and equipping of Jamhooryat Hospital in Kabul, the reconstruction of the Parwan Irrigation Canal, construction of the Conference Hall within the Arg premises, the reconstruction of the Ministry of Education’s Centre for National Science and Technology, the reconstruction of the Ministry of Higher Education`s guest house, the construction of the Department of Chinese Language at Kabul University and the provision of 100 ambulances to the Ministry of Public Health.