Afghans desire clean, competent administration
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Afghan government and people have shown a strong desire for a competent administration, which is reflected in the steps they have been taking, a top Pentagon official said on Thursday.
"I think the Afghan government, or Afghan people really, its performance through this summer and through the last shows that resiliency and that persistence, the desire for competent administration, and to have control over governance,” said Alisa Stack, the ISAF Joint Command’s deputy chief of staff.
In a video conference from Kabul, Stack told Pentagon reporters they were expecting to see a rise in violence this summer. "And through that violence, administrative work on the executive side and elections and council organising are taking place at the local level in villages," she said.
"What we are working on here on civil society as well as on the security side is a focused partnership to develop the capacity and the capabilities, and providing some of the moral support of being there with our partners, facing the same things they face and helping them see that they can push through us," Stack added.
Stack cited corruption as a real concern, saying that Afghans -- both in government and outside government -- tell him constantly how much they hated graft.
"It is a serious problem, and it's one that the Afghan government and we are taking very seriously. Within our own plans, one of the things that we've done is focus on our own business practices, directed the regional commands and others to ensure that they are taking an Afghan-first approach in hiring and contracting…"
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