Farah Provincial Council Meeting

2012/06/17 • Comments
Story and photos by U.S. Navy Lt. Benjamin Addison
Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah Public Affairs Officer

 

 

Nancy Abella, U.S. State Department representative and civilian team leader for Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah (second from right), meets with Farah Provincial Council Members during a key leader engagement in Farah City, Farah province, Afghanistan on June 7.

Nancy Abella, U.S. State Department representative and civilian team leader for Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah (second from right), meets with Farah Provincial Council Members during a key leader engagement in Farah City, Farah province, Afghanistan on June 7.

FARAH, Afghanistan – Members of Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah met with local leaders of the Farah Provincial Council June 7.

Nancy Abella, U.S. State Department representative and civilian team leader, and U.S. Army Maj. Melvin Holland, Provincial Reconstruction Farah Team Civil Affairs officer, met with Farah Provincial Council Deputy Chairman Abdul Hamid, and council member Juma Rafat at the provincial governor’s compound to discuss a recent trip toKabul.

“The provincial council head, deputy head, and secretary travelled toKabuland reported back on several meetings they had with ministers, the first vice president, and the Meshrano Jirga, which is their equivalent of the Senate in their parliament, all discussing issues about Farah. They came back with a list of specific things that each of the ministers had promised to deliver for Farah that are on budget, and the people of Farah can actually expect. Not only did they report this to us, but they are going to put this information on television so that the people of Farah are aware,” said Abella.

The PRT’s mission is to support economic development and effective governance at the district, municipal and provincial level inFarahProvincein order to enhance the legitimate exercise of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s authority and its ability to provide basic services to the people of Farah.

“I was impressed by the provincial council members that attended. The two provincial council members who were discussing issues with us today were very engaged and are following up on questions that have been coming up over the past several months. They have been tracking them, and pushing us to follow up,” said Abella.

“I was impressed. I felt like they were doing the things that elected representatives are supposed to do,” said Abella. “We have a very positive relationship with the provincial council.  As the provincial council themselves becomes more professional and understands their role in the province better, we are able to accomplish more together.”

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