Officials in Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MoRRD) said 62 percent our development budget has been consumed so far and soon $ 33,3 million dollar would be added on the development budget of the Ministry to launch various projects, in the recent act the following Ministry has signed 28 projects with cost of 1 billion Afghani with different companies to do the work in 15 provinces.
Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development is in the second position of the Ministries list which has consumed most of its development budget by launching different projects across the country.
Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development Naseer Ahmad Durani said,” We have consumed 62 percent of our development project, the current budget is $ 245,7 and soon $ 33,3 million dollar would added in the development budget which will level up the budget close to $ 280 million.”
28 development projects were signed between the Ministry and private companies.
“We have signed 28 development projects with the cost of 926, 1000000 million Afghani which will include construction of roads, residential houses in Refugees Town and irrigation system Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development Naseer Ahmad Durani said.”
Due to huge part of the projects will be implemented in Baghlan province, representative of Baghlan insisted on the clear implementation of projects.
Mp Obaidullah Ramin said,” We demand both sides to implement the projects based on the standards and officials within the Ministry to have close eye and supervision from the quality of work which will done by the contractors.”
It’s mentionable that Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development has been launching 10785 projects across the country with the costing of $ 292 million on Transportation, irrigation, drinkable water, health, education, electricity in 34 provinces of Afghanistan.
Reported by Ali Asghari
Govt to purchase local products in move to boost domestic market
The Afghan National Procurement Authority (NPA) and the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Saturday, that will compel government entities to purchase only domestic products where possible.
According to the MoU, which was signed between Ilham Omar Hotak, NPA Chief, and Shirbaz Kaminzada, Chief of the ACCI, all government departments will have to use domestic products from next year (1400 Solar Calendar).
Hotak said at the event that government will in the future have to purchase domestically produced or manufactured products, despite the estimated 25 percent price difference.
Hotak urged the ACCI to guarantee the quality of products, stating “all industrialists should standardize their products.”
“We want to use all alternatives to promote our domestic products in the year 1400 and all government bodies will be bound to use domestic products.”
The ACCI officials, meanwhile, stated they would invest more in the country if the government promised to support local products.
ACCI Chief, Shirbaz Kaminzada stated: “If domestic products are included in government deals we are ready to invest in other sectors as well.”
SIGAR urges tighter VIP control to stop cash smuggling through airport
Despite efforts by the Afghan government to reduce the flow of cash out of the country’s busiest international airport, significant control weaknesses continue to exist at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) reported Thursday.
Cash counting machines, which were funded by the US government, are not being used for the purposes intended and the only cash counting machine confirmed to be working is in the arrival entrance, instead of the departure area where strict cash controls are most needed to help prevent cash smuggling, SIGAR reported.
In addition, the machines lack connectivity to the Internet, which in turn prevents Afghan investigative authorities from tracking currency suspected of being laundered.
“The absence of fully functional and strategically positioned cash counting machines, and declaration forms in the VIP section along with the limited screening of VIP passengers – who are most likely to have large amounts of cash – severely limits the Afghan government’s ability to fully implement its anti-money laundering laws at the airport,” John F. Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction stated in the report.
To improve screening procedures at Hamid Karzai International Airport, SIGAR suggested the Afghan government take the following two actions:
1. Fully integrate cash counting machines with functioning Internet capability into the normal customs process both at the non-VIP and VIP terminals to better ensure that all declared and detected currency is counted, and serial numbers captured, for use by FinTRACA and its international partners.
2. Strengthen controls at the VIP terminal by requiring all VIP and VVIP passengers to fill out customs declaration forms, and have airport staff count any cash declared and send serial numbers to FinTRACA.
Sopko stated: “We provided a draft copy of this report to the [US] Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State (DOS) for comments on December 21, 2020, and the Afghan government for comments on December 22, 2020.
“DHS provided technical comments for incorporation in the report on January 8, 2021, which we
incorporated as appropriate. The Department of State informed SIGAR on January 8, 2021 that it does not have any technical comments.
“As of the publication of this report, the Afghan government did not provide any comment on the report nor on the matters for its consideration,” Sopko stated.
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