Canadian Aid Chief Concludes Afghanistan Trip

Canadian Minister of International Cooperation Beverley J. Oda concluded her visit in Afghanistan on May 20 after assessing the progress of Canada’s projects in irrigation, agriculture and education, the Office of the Minister of International Cooperation announced.  

Oda visited the Arghandab Valley community center to check the rehabilitation of canals and monitored several initiatives in agriculture in the Kandahar province. She also went to see the land at Tarnak Farms, an old al-Qaida training camp under rehabilitation, and also participated in a round-table discussion on education.  

The Canadian minister is also the vice-chairwoman of the Cabinet committee on Afghanistan. Her last trip to the country was in January 2009. Canada is one of the largest donors to Afghanistan, committing CAD1.9 billion (USD1.78 billion) for 10 years until 2011.

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