Some ministries used only 20pc of uplift funds: Abdullah
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday said some ministries had so far spent only 20 percent of their development budget allocations, stressing capacity-building at government agencies.
Speaking with some Cabinet ministers at Sapidar Palace here, Abdullah said the Finance Minister’s report that was presented to the Council of Ministers at its previous meeting indicated that some ministries had used up to 60 percent of their development funds, but others used only 20 percent on average during the first half of the ongoing fiscal year.
“During three months of the second half, development budget was increased up to 33 percent which is also not acceptable,” he added, urging the ministers to pay special heed to the matter.
The current fiscal year budget is $7.6 billion including 4.9 billion for general expenses and the remaining $2.7 billion for development activities.
Abdullah said the private sector played a vital role in the country’s economic development and it should be the government’s priority to provide better facilities for the sector’s development.
He also stressed fighting administrative corruption, saying foreign aid would not remain the same as previous years and the government needed to build its capacity further.
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