Officials from the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) said on Sunday the second phase of the “employment, maintenance and protection” project will be launched within a month to create 375,000 short and medium term jobs in 12 provinces.
The first round of the project, the MRRD said was completed at the total cost of Afs2 billion funded by the World Bank. The second phase is expected to be funded by the United States, Germany, Italy and other donors.
“The project will create many job opportunities and during the next year we want to expand it to more provinces and villages,” said Akbar Rostami, spokesman for the MRRD.
The Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) welcomed the project; however, it said insecurity is the main challenge before the market of jobs in Afghanistan.
“One of the main problems in Afghanistan is insecurity and it has a bad impact on jobs in Afghanistan. Although this project is very good for the creation of jobs, insecurity challenges most of the projects in Afghanistan,” said Ahmad Shah, the Deputy Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled.
The MRRD has implemented some 84,000 upliftment projects in 32 provinces over the past 14 years.
However, a large number of these projects are no longer viable. This is why the ministry in cooperation with donor countries is trying to not only rebuild or maintain the projects, but also create jobs for people in rural areas.