Conclusion of the Provincial Reconstruction Team mission in Uruzgan
Prime Minister Abbott visited Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, on 28 October to attend a ceremony to recognise the transition of security to Afghan lead at the end of 2013, in line with the transition strategy agreed by the international community and the Afghan Government. The ceremony also recognised the successful conclusion of the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) mission on 31 October 2013.
The DFAT-led PRT is a joint civil-military, multi-agency and multi-national team who worked on reconstruction, governance and development challenges at the local-level.
Its goals were:
- Strengthen formal political and governance institutions in preparation for transition;
- Promote political stability among key tribal groups and encourage a more positive political climate which supports legitimate governance in the province;
- Support the Government of Afghanistan’s legitimacy through improving service delivery in the areas of rule of law, education, health, agriculture and infrastructure sectors, and to stabilize key areas of Uruzgan through small-scale infrastructure projects.
The PRT’s work has led to demonstrable improvements in development and governance capacity in Uruzgan, starting from a very low base, and has made a tangible difference in the lives of Uruzganis.
Secretary Varghese congratulated and thanked all members of the PRT, past and present, for their outstanding contribution to advancing the important work of Australia in Uruzgan. He noted the success of the PRT, under Australian leadership since mid-2010, which has made a very tangible difference to the lives of many ordinary Uruzganis and has been a critical element in Australia's broader successful engagement in Afghanistan.
With the successful conclusion of the PRT’s mission in Uruzgan province, DFAT’s ongoing work in Afghanistan will now focus on providing support and assistance to Afghanistan at the national level.
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