Plan for improving telecom service quality approved
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has approved a draft plan for improving the quality of telecom operators and close evaluation of Real Time Data Management (RTDM) of telecom services.
On the other hand, India took responsibility for transferring 170,000 metric tons of wheat to Afghanistan as part of an aid package, a statement from the Presidential Palace said.
A meeting of High Economic Council (HEC), chaired by the president, discussed RTDM, the draft guidance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on issuing visas and the transfer of wheat donated by India.
Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) head, Najib Aziz who also participated in the meeting, said the RTDM system let the government better monitor services of telecom operators and improve the quality of services.
Based on the plan, telecom companies will be closely monitored to ensure the quality of their services and quarterly reports would be read by ATRA. The programme would ensure more transparency by fining telecom companies for violations, he said.
Some participants suggested the security of telephonic conversations should be also beimproved. They said all SIM cards beregistered and an team tasked with ensuring adherence to relevant laws.
President Ghani approved the draft plan, saying a technical team would be appointed to manage the project.He stressed transparency in reports shared by telecom companies with the government.
The National Security Council (NSA) should be convinced of the security of telephonic conversations and telecom taxes.Ghani said the procurement process should prevent monopolisation by certain companies.
Deputy Finance Minister Mustafa Mastor said the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) had a huge budget, but it had no plan for properly utilising it.
A commission tasked with transportation of wheat from India to Afghanistan shared its report with the participants. Astor said the Indian government had agreed to send 170,000 metric tons of wheat to Herat province through Iran’s Abbas Port.
The meeting asked the finance minister to discuss the wheat transportation with Iranian and Indian ambassadors and make a plan for its distribution from Herat to other provinces.
Deputy Foreign Minister Nasir Ahmad Andesha said a draft procedure for visa issuance to foreigners such as businessmen and investors had been prepared based on a request from the Association of Industrialists.
President Ghani said he had received many complaints in this regard from traders and Afghan diplomats -- an issue he that must be resolved on priority.
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