The CoST International conducted a 2 days’ Technical workshop for CoST Afghanistan Multi-Stakeholders Group (MSG) on Thursday, may 20th, 2017 at Serena Hotel, Kabul Afghanistan in order to discuss on development of a specific ToR for MSG and development of an action plan for CoST Afghanistan. H.E Mohammad Ismail Rahimi, the Deputy Minister of Economy and acting chairman of MSG, Mr. Petter Matthews, CoST International Executive Director, Mr. Sayed Ikram Afzali and Representatives of Government, Private sector and Civil society attended this event.

The objective of the event was that the MSG members to get the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to ensure effective functioning of the CoST MSG for better, discuss on MSG ToR and Develop an action plan.

A keynote speech was given by H.E Mohammad Ismail Rahimi, Deputy Ministry Economy and acting MSG chair. He welcomed all guests, and attendees of the workshop and said that Afghanistan was entering a new phase of transparency and that this CoST workshop would bring together stakeholders to address key strategic issues over the next couple of days in support of transparency throughout infrastructure. He also said that this is a good opportunity to learn lesson from other CoST Countries on how they addressed the challenges in infrastructure and construction issues.

In addition, the following issues covered during the workshop.

  • The move away from talking only about construction to a wider remit of infrastructure.
  • The aim to include more representation from CoST countries on the International Secretariat board.
  • The introduction of a more flexible approach to membership allowing sub-national areas to be included (e.g. Cities or Provinces).
  • The City of Buenos Aires could be the first to join in this regard.
  • The need to incorporate CoST tools and standards into other internationally recognised standards

During the workshop the MSG members understand the multi-stakeholder challenges and opportunities, considered case studies from other CoST countries that illustrate the advantages and potential pitfalls of multi-stakeholder working and how they can be addressed as well as identified the key characteristics of effective multistakeholder working. In addition, they Understand the responsibilities of individual MSG members and how to be effective in their roles and Identified key issues that should form the basis of a strategic plan.

The participants also discussed about their activities, authority and responsibilities, composition of MSG, meetings and workings groups. Moreover, they have done a SWOT analyses of CoST Afghanistan and provided their comments for developing an action plan.

The inputs of this workshop was to develop a ToR for MSG, develop an action plan and communication strategy for CoST Afghanistan.