Kabul municipality to computerise licence issuance process
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Kabul municipality’slicence issuance process is being computerised with the financial support of the United States and Democracy International (DI) to increase revenue and prevent corruption, an official said on Tuesday.
A contract for the project was signed between acting Kabul Mayor, Abdullah Habibzai and DI representative Zekeria Barzai.DI is operating in different countries support law enforcement, good governance and people’s rights.
Barakzai said Advancing Effective Reforms for Civil Accountability (ERCA) activity was sponsored by USAID.He added the project was aimed to check corruption by providing better services for the people.
Based on the contract, DI would cooperate with the municipality in providing equipment and tools, training, technical consultation and simplification of documents, Barakzai explained. The organisation will launch surveys to hear people’s demands and problems and would share them with the municipality.
Municipality official Masihullah Mahboobsaid computerising licences was important to prevent corruption, increase revenue and accelerate tax collection. The municipality collected more than 122 million afghanis from licences last year.
Acting MayorAbdullah Habibzai called low staff capacity, complex and old systems, violations of citizenship rules, interference, mismanagementof handcarts and non-payment of tax main challenges to the municipality.
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