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Procurement System Reform, Challenges Ahead of Anti-Corruption Efforts in Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: May 10, 2017)

GMICExistence of many anti-corruption institutions have paved the way for more corruption in governmental organs as Afghanistan struggles to respond the corruption crisis.

Yama Yari, the General Director of National Procurement Authority, who was speaking in a press conference in Kabul on Wednesday said,” the problem with several anti-corruption institutions will be discussed next weeks in the High Council for Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption where civil society activists and our international colleagues will join us as well and we hope the gathering find a solution to resolve the issues with existence of multiple anti-corruption institutions.”

He insisted that the National Unity Government has inherited corruption from his predecessor and it needs wide and long-term efforts to tackle it.

Yari announced that more than a hundred companies have been black listed by the government of Afghanistan during the last two years as a part of the anti-corruption campaigns.

“More than a hundred private companies participated in the government procurement system have been blacklisted,” Yari added.

Since its establishment, the office of the President National Procurement Authority has approved about 2,100 contracts worth 345 billion Afghanis and according to the officials the commission has saved about 18 billion Afghanis for the war-torn country.

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First shipment of Indian wheat through Pakistan expected early February

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(Last Updated On: January 24, 2022)

India and Pakistan have reached an agreement over the transit of emergency aid to Afghanistan, The Times of India reported Monday.

TOI reported that this move will see 50,000 metric tons of wheat being sent overland from India to Afghanistan via Pakistan in early February.

Indian and Pakistani officials have reportedly worked on the agreement for two months.

India recently sent its third batch of assistance to Kabul, mostly life-saving medicines, by air.

According to the agreement, trucks from Afghanistan, operating under UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) will ferry Indian wheat from the India-Pakistan border to Afghanistan via Pakistan’s Torkham border crossing with Afghanistan.

Pakistan meanwhile announced that it has put all arrangements in place and was awaiting final confirmation from India for the despatch of the first consignment.

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Iran issues permit for transit of diesel to Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: January 23, 2022)

Iranian government officials have announced that Tehran has issued a three-month permit for the transfer of diesel to Afghanistan, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, Special Representative of the President of Iran for Afghanistan, tweeted on Saturday.

He said the move was made following a request from Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) officials in order for them to meet the needs of Afghans for fuel during winter.

“In order to meet the needs of the Afghan people in the winter and according to the request of the Afghan authorities from the Islamic Republic of Iran, a permit for the transit of diesel to Afghanistan from the territory of Iran was issued for three months,” he said.

Last week, a meeting of the IEA cabinet decided that a delegation would consider import options to meet the people’s fuel.

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Central Bank says ATM to get operational in Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: January 14, 2022)

Da Afghanistan Bank (Central Bank of Afghanistan), said Thursday, said that Automated Teller Machine (ATM) services by commercial banks will be resumed in the country.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Da Afghanistan Bank stated that the decision was made after a series of discussions with commercial banks and the union of banks of the country.

The ATM services of banks were stalled after the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) regained power on August 15 last year.

According to the statement, the ATMs will be available at specific locations for the customers.

“Da Afghanistan Bank is striving to return banking sector to normal and reactivating the ATMs is a good news [for people] and [Da Afghanistan Bank] is trying to bring further facilities to the people.” Reads the statement.

Da Afghanistan Bank, so far, has not disclosed the amount of money people can withdraw from the ATMs.

Currently, people can withdraw up to $400 from dollar-denominated accounts or 30,000 Afghanis a week from the previous limit of $200 or 20,000 Afghanis.

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