US $ 50 Million Republic of Korea Support to UNDP for Police and Security Sector Development in Afghanistan
Kabul: The Republic of Korea will continue to support inclusive and sustainable police development for increased public safety and security for the Afghan population. This was stated by Mr. Young-Cheol Cha, the Ambassador of Republic of Korea to Afghanistan during the signing ceremony of a US $ 50 million contribution to UNDP’s Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA). He noted that with the completion of security transition, the Afghanistan National Army and Police have taken full responsibility of security all over the 34 provinces and congratulated the Afghan Government with this remarkable achievement. “We are very proud that Korea has been part of this endeavour of the international community through our contributions to the LOTFA and ANA TF”, he noted.
The Republic of Korea has so far been the largest donor for the sustainable police development parts of the LOTFA Project phase VI which have been executed through Pillars 2 and 3. The new contribution of US $ 50 million for the year 2014 will support The Government of Afghanistan in payments and payroll system improvements for the Afghan National Police (ANP). The Korean assistance will also support efforts for further professionalization of the Afghan national Police (ANP), strengthening the community oriented policing in the country and ministerial development thereby boosting security sector reform.
Lauding the friendship of the Republic of Korea with Afghanistan, the Deputy Minister Support in the Ministry of Interior who is also National LOTFA Project Director, Lieutenant General Haider Basir said that thanks to Korean support a number of very important strides have been made in police development but also other development areas, such as health. He stressed that the new contribution of the Republic of Korea will be vital during the critical transition year and the Transformation Decade, 2015-2024. Jointly with LOTFA we will make sure that the Korean funding is used in an accountable and transparent manner, he said.
Mr. Yuxue Xue, UNDP Country Director ad interim, paid rich tribute to the fruitful partnership between the Republic of Korea, UNDP and the MoI. Mr. Xue stressed that justice, security and development are intrinsically linked. He conveyed that the best practices and lessons learned from many UNDP policing programmes in the world demonstrate that institutional development and community oriented and gender responsive policing are key to increasing trust and public safety for enhanced safety and security for the Afghan population. “As such, the Ministry of Interior and the Republic of Korea are vital partners for UNDP from a development perspective”. Mr. Xue pointed out.