Afghanistan's President Ghani opens meeting of donor countries with positive progress report



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KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has opened a conference of donors to his country's reconstruction after almost 40 years of war, telling them he has made progress on a range of major challengers including security and corruption.

The Senior Officials Meeting is a gathering of delegates from the international community, including non-government organizations that support Afghanistan's economic, security and social reconstruction.

Ghani told the meeting Saturday his government has accelerated a crackdown on both corruption and the culture of criminal impunity, reformed customs to significantly increase revenue collection and boosted capacity building.

He acknowledged a problem with job creation but said it was a "priority of the national unity government."

He noted he has also sought to bring women into senior government positions, including four ministers and one provincial governor.

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