President Ghani inaugurates the new Herat By-Pass donated by Italy

On December 13th 2018, President Ghani inaugurated the new  Herat By Pass, an infrastructural project of strategic importance for the western region of Afghanistan. The work was completely financed by the Italian Government through a gift of around 30 million euros.

The road, about 45 km long, will significantly reduce heavy traffic in the city center and will facilitate the connection between Herat and neighboring countries such as Iran and Turkmenistan. The construction of the first section of lot n. 1 of 20.4 km was completed at the end of 2017, while the construction of the second 25 km section to complete the entire work was finalized last November. Design and execution of the project have been entrusted to Afghan companies in compliance with the National Rural Access Program, intended to support both employment and national entrepreneurship.

The construction of the Herat bypass will bring great benefits to commercial operators, by significantly reducing costs and transit times, but also to the population of Herat by redirecting heavy and highly polluting trucks outside the city center.

Italy is one of the main supporters of infrastructure development in Afghanistan, with about 300 million euros of funding in the sector. Of these funds, around € 170 million relate to the current economic commitment. President Ghani expressed his deep appreciation for what has already been achieved and for the projects funded  by the Italian Cooperation in the western region currently under way, in particular in the infrastructural sector. President also thanked Italy for having given a strong impetus to the economic revitalization of  the entire area, hoping that the Italo-Afghan cooperation will continue over time.

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Kabul and Bamyan are now closer, thanks to the new road funded by the Italian Cooperation

Kabul -At the presence of President Ashraf Ghani and Ambassador Roberto Cantone, the inauguration ceremony of the road connecting Kabul to Bamyan, with a total length of 136 km, was held on August 28, with a grant from the Italian Cooperation of 99,4 million euros. The section is part of both the east-west crossing corridor of the country, from Kabul to Herat, and of the north-south corridor between Mazar-e Sharif and Kabul, and includes a route in the mountain area with two passes at 3,500 meters of altitude, Onai and Hajigak.

In order to allow a correct maintenance of the road two plants for the production of asphalt and cem

ent have been realized, with relative testing laboratories. Moreover, over the years of construction, three food distributions were carried out for vulnerable groups that are among the populations residing in the area of ​​the road, in addition to the realization of about twenty community projects (irrigation canals, bridges and structures access).

Thanks to this infrastructure work, the Kabul-Bamyan journey time has been reduced from about 13 hours to two and a half.