Even before the opening of the new office in Kabul, the DAGeV was certain: Further regional representations will follow to be accessible to the people in the provinces. In the middle of August, the German-Afghan Society puts these plans into practice. After the new representative office in the Afghan capital also opened the office in Mazar-i Sharif.
The capital of the Balkh province is round about 400 kilometers from Kabul. How important it is to be on the ground in Kabul’s more distant regions was already evident in the preparations for the new office. General Ata Mohammad Noor, governor of the Balkh province, was very interested in the DAGeV project and invited the President of the DAGeV, Elias Omar, to a meeting.
The office in northern Afghanistan: another step in the right direction
Mazar-i Sharif is the largest city in northern Afghanistan and has grown enormously in recent years. This is also reflected in entrepreneurial, political and cultural endeavors. This makes the city an ideal starting point to promote and support German-Afghan relations in northern Afghanistan.
The fact that these efforts by the DAGeV are also met with great interest in the province of Balkh and its capital underpins the invitation and the meeting with the governor. And also many representatives of politics, business, and cultural life in the region have contributed to the opening of the office.
The enthusiastic reception of our representation in the northern province is an incentive and an order for the DAGeV to be a competent point of contact for local people when it comes to relationships between Germany and Afghanistan. We are on a good path – and the office in Mazar-i Sharif is another step in the right direction.