Germany is supporting long term police capacity building in Afghanistan. Housing and training facilities have now been handed over to the Afghan Border Police. Their construction was funded by the Federal Foreign Office.
At the handover ceremony German Ambassador Martin Jäger and Federal Police Headquarters President Dieter Romann officially transferred the Afghan Border Police housing block at Mazar e Sharif airport to Afghan ownership.
The Afghan guests of honour included Deputy Interior Minister Yarwar, General Groogh, Deputy Head of the Afghan Border Police in the Interior Ministry, and Balkh Deputy Governor Wahdat.
Housing and training facilities for 200 police officers
The facilities include a housing block for 200 persons, a training block with classrooms and other premises, a kitchen block and a sanitation block. Women police officers have their own housing block with an inner courtyard.
The construction work was carried out by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) at an estimated cost of 2.6 million euros, funded from the Federal Foreign Office budget. It is one of the components of our bilateral police project (German Police Project Team, GPPT).
Core objective: long term capacity building
The GPPT’s core objective is long term police capacity building in Afghanistan. For this purpose Germany is providing 77 million euros a year over the period 2010 2014 and has up to 200 German police officers serving in Afghanistan. The main focus of the mission is training, mentoring and infrastructure.
In addition the GPPT advises Afghan Border Police units based at Kabul and Mazar e Sharif airports. Germany also runs a nationwide literacy programme for Afghan police officers and helps fund police salaries.
Handover to be completed by the end of 2014
Germany will hand over all police training facilities developed by the GPPT to the Afghan authorities by the end of 2014. This will mark the termination of the bilateral police project in its present form.
In the post 2014 period Germany will continue to advise on and finance police capacity building in Afghanistan.
German support for civil aviation development
The construction of housing for the Afghan Border Police is part and parcel of the intensive support Germany is providing for the development of civil aviation in Afghanistan. We have helped finance the construction of the new airport at Mazar e Sharif (48 million euros, co funded by the United Arab Emirates). The new civil aviation terminal was handed over to the Afghan authorities in June 2013. Direct flights from Istanbul to Mazar e Sharif started in November 2013. This is the first service to a regional airport in Afghanistan operated by a major international airline.