The Ministry of Urban Development and Lands (MUDL) signed a contract with Chinese state-owned MCC 19 to start construction on housing units in Kabul.
The Presidential Palace said on Tuesday, that a contract to start the first phase of construction of 1,400 housing units in the Nila Bagh area of Darulaman, was signed between the acting head of the MUDL and the MCC 19 director.
China had committed to build 10,000 housing units in the township under a 2015 Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Afghanistan.
Work will now start on 56 residential blocks.
President Ashraf Ghani also met Chinese Special Representative for Afghanistan Liu Jian, earlier on Tuesday.
Liu expressed support for a comprehensive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.
“We support Afghanistan’s approach to peace, development and regional cooperation, and we hope that all parties will take advantage of this opportunity,” he added.
They also spoke about strengthening regional cooperation, regional integration and economic programs, calling for closer bilateral cooperation between Afghanistan and China.
Ghani said that Afghanistan’s relations with China are friendly and focused on common interests.
“We hope that China’s vision for Afghanistan will be based on regional stability, economic cooperation and trade development,” the president said.
He said Afghanistan was interested in developing relations with other regional partners, especially China, and especially for economic cooperation.
He stressed that the Taliban should renounce violence, call for a ceasefire and accept that a military solution to the conflict is not possible.
At the end of his speech, Ghani said that a strong regional consensus, like the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), is important for Afghanistan and China could provide support for that.