Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) to seriously monitor usage of foreign aid
Sun Jul 15, 12:50 pm
The Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring & Evaluation Committee (MEC) says it will carefully monitor the consumption of foreign aid through foreign agencies in Afghanistan.
During the past ten years 80% of international aid has been spent without any accountability by the foreign agencies, MEC head Muhammad Yasin Osmani told the government bodies during an advisory conference on Saturday in Kabul.
During the past ten years, Osmani said, billions of dollars have come in aid to Afghanistan but due to the lack of transparency the effectiveness of the expenditures is in question.
He urged all the government bodies to help to eliminate corruption, noting that one of the conditions donor countries have placed on their aid packages to Afghanistan at the Tokyo Conference was the eradication of corruption.
Another MEC official, Yama Torrabi, said that the all of the grants should be utilized by the Afghan government in order to let the government stand on its own feet.
Torrabi said bringing banking reforms into Afghanistan was the other main program of MEC.
The Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring & Evaluation Committee (MEC) was established in 2011 by the order of President Karzai. The committee has six members including three foreigners.