Khost revenue up by 147m afs, says governor
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): The governor of southeastern Khost province on Friday said if traffic carrying transit trade goods via Ghulam Khan, the third most important border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan, was resumed, the provincial revenue would increase by 700 to 900 million afghanis.
Hukam Khan Habibi was talking to reporters here about a 19.26 percent increase in revenue this solar year, saying so far more than 908.261 million afghanis revenue had been collected, compared to 761.583 million afs last year.
The governor asked the central government to pay special attention to reopening and turning into official transit route the Ghulam Khan port, which had been closed against goods carrying vehicles over the past one year.
He said if the port’s route into Pakistan was reopened, it would help increase Khost’s customs revenue by 700 to 900 million afghanis per year.
He said most of the provincial departments had met targets the central government had set them, but there were some departments as well who could not meet their targets.
The governor linked the increase in revenue to improvement in government affairs, implementation of effective policies to prevent tax evasion, increased coordination between security and customs departments, encouragement of traders, improved oversight of revenue collection process and the appointment of new and talented officials.
Habibi said his administration was trying to bring about positive changes and reforms to the departments concerned and address weaknesses for the sake of increased revenue and transparency.
When asked about administrative corruption, the governor said the provincial government had launched a strong campaign against the menace and tainted officials would face prosecution.
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