High Impact Community Development Projects in Afghanistan envisages more than 100 projects by India of worth US$80 million

The Indian Embassy in Kabul on Thursday announced the completion of a High Impact Development Project (HIDP) on increasing economic opportunities for Afghan women through handicrafts in Ghor Province.

Sharing the snippets of the work by women, the Indian embassy in Kabul said in a tweet, “@IndianEmbKabul announces successful completion of a "High Impact Community Development" Project on enhancing the economic opportunity for Afghan women through handicrafts in Ghor Province. @MEAIndia @economy_of”

On November 24 last year, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had attended the 2020 Afghanistan Conference and announced Phase-IV of the High Impact Community Development Projects in Afghanistan, which envisages more than 100 projects worth USD 80 million that India would undertake in Afghanistan.

Speaking at the Afghanistan 2020 virtual conference in Geneva, Jaishankar had said, "As contiguous neighbors, India and Afghanistan share natural historical relations. Our strategic partnership and long term commitment to the development of Afghanistan reflects the time tested partnership".

India's development portfolio in Afghanistan has to-date amounted to over USD 3 billion, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had said.

It includes the India-Afghanistan friendship dam, the Afghan Parliament, and the 202-km Phul-e-Khumri transmission line that is providing electricity to Kabul city.

Notably, more than 65,000 Afghan students have studied in India under various scholarships, and currently, 15000 students are studying.

"Afghanistan's growth has been constrained by its landlocked geography...and through Chabahar port we have provided alternative connectivity to Afghanistan," Jaishankar had said.

India has sent 75,000 MT of wheat to Afghanistan via India-built Chabahar port to deal with the COVID-19 crisis in 2020. It has also given 20 tonnes of life-saving medicines and equipment to deal with the COVID crisis.