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LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan officials from an 18-member delegation from Logar Province visit a school in the Czech Republic Nov. 21. The Logar leaders accepted an invitation from the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs to visit Prague and other regions of the republic to learn more about good governance and the rule of law. (Courtesy Photo)

 

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – At the invitation of the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 18 Logar Province officials traveled to Prague Nov. 21 to learn about good governance and rule of law.

 

The participants are Afghan leaders of provincial institutions and include the head of the Provincial Council, the heads of the local departments of agriculture, water management, economy, education and public health, and the commanders of Logar security forces.
 
The primary function of the Czech Provincial Reconstruction Team, based in Logar Province, is to support Logar’s provincial government. This visit was part of the PRT’s long-term strategy of offering assistance to and capacity building of local authorities.

“The provincial government in Logar is dealing with lots of problems and one of them is a lack of further education to its officers,” said Frantisek Kriz, coordinator of the project and a former member of the Czech PRT. “We want to show our colleagues from Logar how Czech governance works at the regional and local level.”

The Logar leaders visited a whole range of Czech institutions connected to their fields of expertise. They toured schools, hospitals, media outlets and research institutes in addition to talking with Czech court, police and army officials.

Expectations from this study trip are high on both sides.

“One of our aims is to further intensify our relationship with (the) Czech Republic. We highly appreciate the job the Czechs have done so far in Logar; they help to develop our country,” said Zabibullah Fayaz, Logar Province Department of Economy director. “Now we can finally see their country and, besides that, we can gain the much-needed experience there. We still have so much to learn.”

The civilian side of the PRT, which is responsible for implementing development projects, consists of 11 experts from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The military component consists of 261 members of the Army of the Czech Republic.

The Czech PRT has worked in Logar Province since March 2008 and supports agriculture, security, water-resources maintenance, health and infrastructure. The PRT also promotes education and independent media. To date, Czechs have completed 131 projects in Logar Province.

 

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Eighteen Afghan officials from Logar Province arrive in Prague, Czech Republic, on a special military flight Nov. 21. The Logar leaders accepted an invitation from the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs to visit Prague and other regions of the republic to learn more about good governance and the rule of law. (Courtesy Photo)

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