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Kandahar mayor gets GPM membership

Kandahar mayor gets GPM membership

Apr 11, 2017 - 19:57

KANDAHAR (Pajhwok): The mayor of southern Kandahar City has been awarded membership of the Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM), an official said on Tuesday.

GPM works for capacity building of mayors and makes strategies and policies for cities’ development.

Kandahar municipality spokesperson, Zamari Sargand, told Pajhwok Afghan News Eng. Rokhan Walasmal became the first mayor in the history of Afghanistan to be honoured with GPM membership.

He said Walasmal’s GPM membership would positively impact the Kandahar municipality’s activities. He said the development would enable the municipality to present a real picture of Kandahar City to international organizations and get budget for important projects.

Sargand said Rokhan also possessed membership of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI).

Kandahar citizens are acknowledge development activities in the city attributed to the mator.

Haji Abdul Hadi, who lives in the first municipal district, told Pajhwok Afghan News not only the municipality’s revenue increased under Rokhan but development activities also accelerated.  

He said right now development projects costing millions were ongoing and in progress in Kandahar city. He was happy the mayor’s GPM membership would connect Kandahar city to other cities of the world0.

GPM is a global democratic governance draft which was established in September 2016 in Hague, Netherlands by mayors of all small and large cities.