Canada’s new, nationally focused engagement in Afghanistan from 2011 to 2014 is based in Kabul, and our engagement has now shifted to four priorities:
These specific areas of priority serve two very important functions. First, they build on the major progress that was achieved through Canada’s 2008 to 2011 programming efforts in Afghanistan. Second, they are based on the express needs of the Afghan people, and support Afghan priorities in areas where Canada can continue to make a significant contribution to sustainable progress in Afghanistan.
Canada’s continuing efforts will support the long-term objective of both Afghanistan and the international community to transfer responsibility for security and governance to the government and people of Afghanistan. Canada’s goal remains unchanged since the beginning of our engagement: to help Afghans rebuild Afghanistan into a viable country that is better governed, more stable and secure, and never again a safe haven for terrorists.