Main­te­nance of roads in Afghanistan is stalling

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Weak ca­pac­ity, cor­rup­tion, fund­ing is­sues and insecurity are lim­it­ing the Afghan Min­istry of Public Works’ abil­ity to main­tain the coun­try’s road in­fra­struc­ture. In a new re­port re­leased yes­ter­day, the US gov­ern­ment’s Spe­cial In­spec­tor Gen­eral for Afghanistan Re­con­struc­tion said that with­out tan­gi­ble Afghan gov­ern­ment ac­tion to sup­port needed re­forms, the ef­fec­tive man­age­ment of Afghanistan’s road in­fra­struc­ture will re­main an elu­sive goal. SIGAR said that since 2002, USAID and the De­fence De­part­ment have spent ap­prox­i­mately $2.8 bil­lion to con­struct and re­pair Afghanistan’s roads and per­form ca­pac­ity-build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. Afghan of­fi­cials have stated to SIGAR that it would cost $100 mil­lion an­nu­ally to carry out the nec­es­sary emer­gency and rou­tine main­te­nance on Afghanistan’s ex­tremely poor road in­fra­struc­ture.

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