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Budget approval a key moment in Afghan democracy: EU

Budget approval a key moment in Afghan democracy: EU

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Jan 16, 2018 - 15:34

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The draft national budget for 2018 may be submitted to the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon on Wednesday -- a significant milestone in the Afghan government’s path of economic reforms.

The government has embarked on a reform process enhancing the credibility and transparency of the budget as well as compliance with international principles of good public finance governance.

In a statement, the European Union recognised the significance of the momentum triggered by the draft budget in ensuring that reforms and the underlying fiscal framework sustained the government’s pursuit of increased self-reliance, state-building and the peace effort.

“The budget is set to become the main vehicle for implementation of Afghanistaninfo-icon’s development policies, notably the 2017-2021 Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF) and the National Priority Programmes (NPPs),” it added.

Both initiatives were presented at the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan in October 2016. The budget prioritises spending on initiatives that spur inclusive growth, jobs creation and provision of basic services to the population.

“The EU strongly believes in democratic processes. A vote on a national budget is one of these pivotal moments when the pact between the citizens, their elected representatives and the government can be renewed,” the statement said.

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