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SIGAR hails Afghanistan’s anti-corruption effort

SIGAR hails Afghanistan’s anti-corruption effort

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Oct 16, 2019 - 19:40

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and US Special Inspector General for Afghanistaninfo-icon Reconstructioninfo-icon (SIGAR) discussed progress in the government’s anti-corruption drive, a statement said on Wednesday.

The statement from the Presidential Palace received by Pajhwok Afghan News said Ghani and Special Inspector General John Sopko talked about the government’s anti-corruption efforts, achievements and performance results during the meeting.

It said officials of different organs provided information about financial, revenue, budget, loss of financial sources and prevention strategies, customs systems’ management and unnecessary expenditures of Afghanistan departments to the meeting.

President Ghani later talking to the meeting said that the increased spending of development budget was a good achievement of the Afghan government.

He said previously up to 50 percent of development budgets were spent compared to 97 percent now, which he called the outcome of capacity building of Afghanistan administrations.

Ghani said reforms were there seriously implemented in civil services area, particularly in employment of civil servants.

He said politicians had been prevented from interfering in employment of civil servants and 50,000 people employed in different civil services organs.

He said 20,000 teachers were recruited based on specified standards through Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC.

He said that employment of youths in different administrations helped boost services to public.

About national procurement, he said 200 meetings had been organized about the national procurement and more than $900 million saved as well as practical reforms were made in security and defense organs, which were mostly funded by the US.

About reforms in judiciary organs, the president said more than 400 laws had been approved in legal area of different government parts over the last five years and dozens of government officials involved in corruption were taken to task.

He said mining laws were made more manageable postal services more transparent and the municipality law amended.

For prevention of land grabbing, all government land properties were registered in the land bank and the Afghan government has a decisive commitment towards curbing corruption, he added.

The statement said John Sopko said Afghanistan had made good progress in its fight against corruption.

“I am happy that programs to curb corruption are implemented and the Afghan government has made good progress in anti-corruption efforts, these efforts should continue,” Sopko was quoted as saying.

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