Reconstruction work in Helmand province, Afghanistan, is moving “quickly” with a focus on roads, irrigation and energy infrastructure, the Ministry of Defence has said.
Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) head Michael O’Neill said yesterday: “We are putting a lot of effort now into key economic infrastructure, by which I mean roads, irrigation networks and power.
“There’s a lot to do, but that work has begun to move forward quite quickly. Blacktop roads for example are being built across central Helmand. This economic development is key for the future.”
Brigadier Ed Davis said yesterday that the campaign is on track. With the government structure in place, the planning and budgeting for next year is well underway, he added. There are now district governors in 12 of the 14 provinces, whereas in 2008 there were only five.
The UK-led PRT is concentrating on the development of systems of government and justice, in particular training and mentoring members of the district councils and line management, O’Neill said.