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Afghanistan declines on budget transparency index: Survey

Afghanistan declines on budget transparency index: Survey

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Apr 30, 2020 - 20:27

 

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A survey conducted by the Integrity Watch Afghanistaninfo-icon (IWA) showed that Afghanistan’s budget transparency points declined from 43 to 31 promoted by one mark in integrity but on the part of public participation it has 15 marks as in the past.

IWA said the marking had been made in line to 2019 open budget survey.

Ezatullah Adeb, IWA Research Department head, said the survey is conducted after two years with the support of international organizations in 117 countries in which 145 questions are asked.

He said: “In this survey the transparency of countreis budgets and the public partnership is evaluated. In 2019, Afghanistan gets 50 marks out of 100 with one point advancement comparing to 2017 survey.”

He said according to the survey Afghanistan got 15 marks in public participation as in the past while in the monitory it declined from 43rd to 31st position.

Survey Analyst Ibrahim Khan Jabbarkhel said Afghanistan got one point in the budget transparency because budget related reports were published on time this time but still the government did not issued budget strategic document and expenditure report.

He said budget monitoring was the responsibility of Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon and High Audit Office but Wolesi Jirga marks declined from 43 to 22 and Audit Office marks declined from 67 to 50.

He said the upper decline happened because budget related common reports are not issues, government and Wolesi Jirga budget institutions have not held their meetings and government did not held consultation with people regarding budget.

IWA Head Syed Akram Afzali said that Afghan government failed in its budgetary transparency and public participation commitments for 2018 and 2019.

“Afghanistan’s financial system particularly the national budget is unable to respond to public demands in cases such as the Covid-19,” he said.

He added the last year’s budget transparency survey is being president at a time when government is busy amending budget to deal with Covid-19.

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