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Mines, finance ministries present annual reports

Mines, finance ministries present annual reports

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Feb 21, 2020 - 01:10

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The ministries of mines and petroleum (MoMP) and finance on Thursday presented their annual performance reports to the ‘Accountability’ conference here.

The government recently launched sharing information with public after a number of media outlets criticized the government over access to information. Officials say the process would continue for a month.

Acting mines and petroleum minister Enayatullah Momand told reporters here that 38 projects of minerals and 147 projects of construction materials were offered to bidding after approval from the Cabinet in 1398 solar yearinfo-icon (started March 21, 2019).

He said the bidding process for marble stones in Herat, Parwan and Kapisa provinces, talc mine in Kapisa and travertine mine in Maidan Wardak provinces were opened to bidding this outgoing year.

He said a joint committee was also created for prevention of illegal extractions and a survey was conducted in 16 provinces for such illegal activities.

Momand said the ministry jointly with the Environmentinfo-icon Protection Authority (NPA) closed 18 gravel factories and 33 plaster factories for their illegal activities this solar year.

In one year, 35 mines of beneficial materials were identified in 15 provinces, 253 square kilometers of mineral sources were surveyed and mapped, 310 underground water sources identified and 109 geological reports analyzed, he said.

The acting finance minister also presented his ministry annual report. Abdul Habib Zadran said that in the last 18 years, the ministry for the first time completed the International Monetary Fund’s economic reform program this solar year.

“International Monetary Fund’s delegation praised Afghanistaninfo-icon’s progress in economic reforms, management and reform of the financial sector, reforms in banking sector, revenue collection, better management of big economy, economic improvement and fighting administrative corruption,” he said.

With these reforms implemented, the donor countries continued their support with Afghanistan but without implementing the indexes, the country could not keep its financial stability and could lose its credibility among international donors, he said.

He said the government spent 139 billion afghanis (94 percent) of total development budget last year which he called an important move in spending the budget in 1398 fiscal year.

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