Pledge $16 Billion to Afghanistan
July 8, 2012
International donors meeting in Tokyo have pledged $16 billion in
development aid for Afghanistan over the next four years.
The amount is in line with the $4 billion a year Afghan President Hamid
Karzai requested at Sunday's conference.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Karzai acknowledged that endemic corruption
in Afghanistan has undermined previous aid efforts, and he promised to
do more to bring that under control.
“Corruption in particular is a menace that has undermined the
effectiveness, cohesion and legitimacy of our institutions. We will
fight corruption with strong resolve wherever it occurs, and ask the
same of our international partners. Together we must stop the practices
that feed corruption or undermine the legitimacy and effectiveness of
The conference is attended by representatives of about 70 countries and
senior world officials, including U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
In Afghanistan, officials said two roadside bombs killed 14 civilians in