Contracts for major projects approved
KABUL (Pajhwok): The procurement committee has approved contracts for some major development projects, tasking the Public Works Ministry to reconstruct the Salang-Gardan Diwal and the Kabul-Nangarhar roads on a priority basis.
The committee met on Saturday night at the Presidential Palace with President Ashraf Ghani in the chair, a statement from the Presidential Palace said on Sunday.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah and Second Vice President Sarwar Danish were present at the meeting, the statement said.
The meeting discussed several contracts related to the defence, agriculture, interior and finance ministries and approved some of them, but postponed the approval of others until the committee’s next meeting.
Reconstruction of the 700-kilometre Gardan Diwal road would improve transport affairs of central and western parts with capital Kabul.
Repair works on the 52-kilometre Kabul-Sarobi road has been launched. The road connects Kabul with eastern Nangarhar province.
At the procurement committee meeting, the officials concerned were directed to present biding documents of companies, who had won contracts after participating in the process, with proof of their efficiency to implement the projects. In addition companies have to explain having more contracts at one time.
The Ministry of Public Works was tasked to organise a meeting of construction experts with the president to discuss various issues and problems facing construction firms.
Ministry of Defence officials were told to hold meetings with Agriculture Ministry officials on accomplishing their needs, empowerment of farmers and creation of agricultural industries.
The procurement committee meets at a time when frustrations among people have grown over the unity government’s poor performance.
Lawmakers say the government leaders have failed to meet people’s expectations due to their differences.
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