Urban Ministry to prefer local construction firms
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) would prefer local companies for its construction projects under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on Tuesday.
The cooperation and partnership MoU was signed between MoUD and the Afghanistan Builders Association (ABA) to support private sector construction firms.
Urban Development Minister Syed Sadat Mansoor Nadiri said the purpose of the agreement was to ensure transparency in contracts and motivate and support private construction companies.
He said after singing the MoU all construction projects would be given to local companies which would use domestic materials in their construction works.
The minister said local companies would also be graded according to their potential and quality and corruption would be prevented by awarding contracts to eligible firms.
According to the ministry, duration of the MoU is one year and will be extended if bears positive results.
Naeem Yaseen, ABA head, hailed the MoU as a positive step in motivating private sector especially local construction companies.
Previously, companies would obtain project contracts by using links with officials and the practice resulted in poor quality work, something that discredited and defamed all other local companies.
Yaseen said companies would be catagorised and given projects based on their work, experience and ability to execute projects.
Currently, 400 private companies have membership of the association.
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