The Kabul Municipality has signed two memorandums of understanding to launch two major projects under the “Clean and Green” city program to beatify Kabul, create employment, collect solid waste, develop creative industry, decrease pollution and minimize heat loss in Kabul city.
Jeres - a French NGO - and UN-Habitat through Kabul Municipality, will implement the EU and USAID funded projects. During a press conference at the GMIC on Monday, Deputy Kabul Mayor Mr. Masihullah Maboob, said among the dozens of projects, currently 18 major development projects are in progress in Kabul city and they will be operational within three months. He asserted that the implementation of these projects would help to relieve a number of problems for the citizens of Kabul. Furthermore, the implementation of these projects will help to develop a solid and sustainable foundation for improved conditions in urban areas. The full details of the 18 projects will be disclosed later.
Acting Director of UN-Habitat Mr. Hiroshi said the ‘Clean and Green’ cities program is part of the National Unity Government’s ‘Jobs for Peace’ initiative to boost employment in Afghanistan.
Mr. Hiroshi said that this program is part of the NUG response to the urgent need for job creation in urban areas and provides an economic stimulus that will bridge the critical period between the enactment of reforms such as Citizens Charter, and their eventual return on investment. According to Mr. Hiroshi, this program will create over 5,000 urban jobs and will cost $7.5 million dollars.
The second MoU signed with Jeres aimed to develop and promote in home energy efficiency through new solar architecture building. Over 150 Kabul residents will be trained to learn new methods how to save energy by minimizing heat loss and maximizing solar gain.
The ‘Clean and Green’ city program demonstrates the National Unity Government’s continued commitment to improve the lives of urban residents, take actions to simulate the economy, and create jobs