'Problems impede progress in boosting Khost revenue'
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): “If coordination between security and revenue collection departments is strengthened, it would lead to increased income,” says the economy department head for southeastern Khost province.
Economy Director Eng. Hamid Shah told this to a two-day seminar organized by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in Khost City, the provincial capital, on how to increase government revenues in the province.
Officials from the provincial economy, customs and other revenue collecting departments attended the day one of the seminar, which has UNAMA’s technical support.
UNAMA spokesman for southeast zone Dilawar Khan Dilawar told Pajhwok Afghan News the seminar was aimed at finding solutions to problems hindering efforts at collection revenues.
“Our aim is to assist the provincial administration in increasing revenue. We will identify opportunities that can be effectively used in increasing income,” he said.
Hamid Shah said the lack of proper coordination between security and revenue collecting departments had prevented government revenue from increasing. “The coordination has been weak. If the coordination is strengthened, the revenue will automatically increase,” he believed.
Khost Governor Hukam Khan Habibi also acknowledged a number of problems plaguing the revenue collection campaign, but said these problems were not at the level to bring under question the rule of law.
He said Khost bordered Pakistan and the existence of smuggling routes and security threats in some areas had prevented progress in increasing revenue.
The governor said for resolving these issues, his administration had worked on a special policy which would yield positive results once implemented.
He said he had consulted a number of provincial departments about increase in revenue and some programmes had also been prepared in this regard.
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