The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Afghanistan, today released the Government of Canada’s fifth quarterly report on Canada’s engagement in Afghanistan. This report, for the quarter ending June 30, 2009, highlights Canada’s signature projects.
“The security challenges we face in Afghanistan are significant. However, Canada continues to make progress on the six priorities we have identified that will help build the foundation for a more stable Afghanistan,” said Minister Day. “Five schools have been completed, and 28 more are under construction. The Dahla Dam project advanced through key planning phases, and approximately 369,000 children were vaccinated against polio in June.”
The fifth quarterly report highlights Canadian activity in several areas:
Canada continues to pursue its efforts to protect its security by helping the Afghan government to prevent Afghanistan from again becoming a base for terrorism directed against Canada or its allies.
Canada has six clear priorities and three signature projects related to Canada’s engagement in Afghanistan. The six priorities are to enable the Afghan National Security Forces in Kandahar to sustain a safer environment and promote law and order; to strengthen Afghan institutional capacity to deliver basic services; to provide humanitarian assistance for the most vulnerable people; to enhance border security by facilitating Afghan-Pakistani dialogue; to help advance Afghanistan’s democratic governance; and to facilitate Afghan-led political reconciliation. The signature projects are the Dahla Dam, education and polio eradication.
The report outlines progress to date for each of the indicators. The report also includes some new and revised benchmarks, to reflect the changing circumstances in Afghanistan.
The fifth quarterly report on Canada’s engagement in Afghanistan can be found at the website Canada’s Engagement in Afghanistan.
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