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Over 100 NGOs warned of dissolution

Over 100 NGOs warned of dissolution

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Mar 01, 2011 - 20:31

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Ministry of Economy on Tuesday warned non-governmental organisations (NGOs) of closure if they failed to submit their financial statements within 15 days, an official said.

Ninety-six domestic and 10 foreign organisations had not submitted their financial reports over last two years, Sayed Hashim Basirat, head of NGOs Directorate at the ministry, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Under the relevant rules, NOGs are required to submit financial statements to the ministry every six months. "The dissolution warning is for the organisations which could not submit their statements over the past two years, he said.

In November 2010, the Afghan government disbanded about 149 NGOs for flouting reporting procedures.  About 1,364 domestic and 307 foreign NGOs are registered with the ministry.

Of them, 450 Afghan and 213 foreign NOGs had submitted their reports, he said. "The NGOs which did not submit reports may have gained projects from donors and there is also a possibility they obtained no project during the period."

Mutahid Afghani Developing in Nangarhar and Ai Khanam Handicraft in Kabul were among the firms facing dissolution, the official said.  

Over the last two years, Mutahid did not obtain any project, said the NGO head, Abdul Basir Esmat. He wanted his firm dissolved due to lack of projects.

A worker of the Ai Khanam Handicraft, Fawzia, said their organisation had stopped making products 18 months ago. She did not provide further details.

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