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Tuesday 14 July 2020

The press office of the House of Elders

November 13, 2019

The leadership of the National Assembly and Secretariat of both Houses on Tuesday held a joint meeting with the head of the UNAMA office and the Deputy of European Union for Afghanistan discussed the work of the EXPA project (Supporting the Afghan Parliament).


In this meeting, Mir Rahman Rahmani Speaker of the Wolesi Jirga and Muhammad Alam Ezadyar first deputy speaker of the House Tadamichi Yamamoto the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA, Dr. Muhammad Faisal Sami deputy secretary of the House, and other members of the National Assembly, Abdul Muqtadir Nasiri SG of the Meshrano Jirga, Abdul Qadir Zazai Watandost SG of the Wolesi Jirga, Anders Fisher Barnakol Deputy of the EU in Afghanistan and representatives of embassies of England and Germany to Kabul attended the meeting.


At the meeting, Mir Rahman Rahmani, Speaker of the Wolesi Jirga, expressed his appreciation for the support of the international community in various fields to the people of Afghanistan, especially in support of the Afghan National Council, and while expressed optimism, emphasized its continuity on the effectiveness of these supports in the country's economic and political growth.

Then, Muhammad Alam Ezadyar first deputy speaker of the House in his speech said: Parliaments are considered the most legitimate and democratic legislative body in the democratic system, and the people of Afghanistan, after many decades of wars and crises, succeeded in establishing a democratic constitution, relying on the constitution and will of the people which is also an important achievement for us and our international partners, and added that in the past two legislative years, International support institutions have made significant efforts to improve


legislation, resolve technical problems, and provide facilities to enhance the professional capacity of staff and exchange experiences of members of the National Assembly, which is admirable. Furthermore, he expressed hope that the new Afghan legislative support project could better support than ever before in various areas, including legislation, raising professional capacities, and expanding technical training from parliamentary experiences.

Also, Mr. Tadamichi, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, reminded the UNDP’s achievements in Afghanistan, in particular, the institutional and capacity-building project for Parliament (EXPA), assured for continued efforts to institutionalize democracy in Afghanistan.


Subsequently, Abdul Moqtadar Nasiri, SG of the Meshrano Jirga presented a presentation about the new project titled "SOLA", which had to add plans and suggestions to further strengthen parliament in this project.  

Furthermore, SG of the Meshrano Jirga while stressing that there is still a need for international assistance, presented a series of work proposals, and admired the support of the international community in various part, including in some technical accomplishments, that included the creation of a Media-Pool system for the House of Elders, technical support in the form of archives for both Houses of the parliament, support and


provision of electronic archiving for the Meshrano Jirga, and conducting familiarity program of parliament to women journalist and representative of international civil society. 

Similarly, SG of the Wolesi Jirga described the five-year project (EXPA) as useful to the country's parliament and cited the project's achievements in legislative, technical cooperation and capacity-building training programs.


In the end, the project director of (UNDP) said that the project (Solla) has been prepared and donors have made a financial commitment and that the project is expected to be implemented by the beginning of 2020.