Japan allocates $10 mln for alternative livelihoods in Afghanistan

KABUL (SW) – Takayoshi Kuromiya, Japan’s ambassador to Kabul, has announced that the country has allocated $10 million to combat drug trafficking in Afghanistan and provide alternative livelihoods.

In a statement on its X account, the Arg (Presidential Palace) reported that Kuromiya discussed this initiative during a meeting with Mohammad Abdul Kabir, the political deputy of the Prime Minister’s office of the Islamic Emirate.

He emphasized Japan’s ongoing cooperation, particularly in strengthening Afghanistan’s private sector.

The statement noted that Mohammad Abdul Kabir expressed gratitude for Japan’s assistance and reiterated the Islamic Emirate’s desire to expand engagement and establish closer relations with all countries.

The allocated funds will be entrusted to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and will be used to support vulnerable individuals in Helmand, Badakhshan, and Kandahar.

The Islamic Emirate had previously called on countries for cooperation in combating drug trafficking and providing alternative livelihoods during the third Doha meeting held in June 30 and July 1.