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Millions of Afghani of power bill remains unpaid: Tauhidi

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Officials in Afghanistan power department disclosed the names of top Afghan officials who still not paid their power bills, saying they are First vice President Gen Abdul Rashed Dustom, CE second deputy Mohammad Muhaqiq, the former Second vice president Karim Khalili, Atta Mohammad Noor, Juma Khan Hamdard and dozens of others are in the list who didn’t pay the power bills.

A document which is accessed by Ariana News indicates that hundreds top Afghan officials in the list who didn’t pay their electricity bills and the names are as below:

1-      First vice president Gen Abdul Rashed Dustom 296,333,28 Afghani.

2-      CE second deputy Mohammad Muhaqiq 00,255,533 Afghani.

3-      Former second vice president Mohammad Karim Khalili 00,320,811,1   — 00,085,987,1 Afghani.

4-      Balkh acting Governor Atta Mohammad Noor 394,552,2 – 368,577,5 — 323,123,10 Afghani.

5-      Former Paktia Governor Juma khan Hamdard 228,748 Afghani.

6-      Son of first deputy of Lower house Haji Qadeer 00,369,748 Afghani.

Meanwhile there are scores of residential Towns, International NGOs, Productive companies, constriction companies, and some local powerful figures in the long list released.

Afghanistan Power department Spokesman Waheedullah Tauhidi said,” since the electricity consumers were officially demanded to pay their bills, we could only receive 3,5 million Afghani the rest still unpaid.”

The Junbish party spokesman Abdul Basher Tainj said,” Paying the bills is under the process, those who are publishing such information is trying to underestimate Junbish Mili Afghanistan,”

Mp Habiba Danish said,” Afghanistan power department its self does the deal, and then makes suggestion to pay the bills.”

“Money should be paid because it belongs Afghan Nation treasury Mp Mohammad Hashim Farabi said,”

Afghan Government imports about 80 percent of its electricity from abroad, therefore the officials are responsible to pay the money for Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to extend lightening of Kabul the capital city of Afghanistan.

Reported by Nabila Hafizi

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Central Bank to replace old and damaged banknotes

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Da Afghanistan Bank (Central Bank) said Tuesday that new banknotes are being printed and will be put into circulation in Afghanistan soon.

Addressing a press conference, the Bank’s General Manager for Payments Mir Aziz Baraki stated that the bank collects around 3.8 billion AFN worth of old and damaged banknotes from circulation each year and replaces them with new banknotes.

Baraki added that the bank would issue 380 million notes this year in the denominations of 10, 20, 50, and 100 AFN.

The official said an amount has already been printed and would be released into circulation soon.

There is an estimated 293 billion AFN (approximately $3.7 billion) in circulation in Afghanistan currently.

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Saleh rejects SIGAR claims of cash being smuggled out through airport

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Amrullah Saleh, First Vice President has rejected the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction’s (SIGAR) report over the smuggling of cash from the Hamid Karzai International Airport.

In his daily 6:30 am meeting, Saleh stated: “However a massive amount of foreign currency does exit Afghanistan’s porous land borders by cross-border networks.

“The report on the flight of foreign currency from Kabul airport is not correct and substantiated,” said Saleh.

Saleh added that a large amount of cash was flowing out of the country to Pakistan.

“The strict anti-money laundering regulations have created a dark parallel market. Let’s be real,” he emphasized.

Last week, SIGAR reported that the unchecked flow of cash out of Afghanistan still exits at the Kabul airport due to poor screening procedures.

According to the report, 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.

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.

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Govt to purchase local products in move to boost domestic market

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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.”

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