Today, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, John F. Sopko, testified before the United States House Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Unfortunately, SIGAR’s cumulative work to date has shown that TFBSO’s nearly $800 million investment in Afghanistan has generally not delivered on its stated goals.
The compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station and a cashmere goat’s project are glaring examples of TFBSO activities SIGAR has examined that were ill-conceived, poorly planned, or left unfinished. Further, it appears that TFBSO’s activities in Afghanistan were stymied by
several avoidable problems and repeated mistakes from its Iraq experience that hindered Task Force operations and outcomes.
Inspector General Sopko noted that DOD’s Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO) efforts in Afghanistan were marred by the absence of a clear strategy, a lack of consistent management and leadership, and a failure to coordinate with other U.S. government agencies.
TFBSO’s lack of strategic direction and inconsistent management resulted in a scattershot approach to economic development resulting in an $800 million investment in Afghanistan that has generally not delivered on its stated goals.
Mr. Sopko has stated that My testimony today will broadly discuss TFBSO’s challenges with project development, execution, and oversight, and, at the request of the Chairwoman, will focus on three TFBSO expenditures that illustrate these challenges:(1) nearly $150 million for private housing and private security guards for TFBSO personnel in Afghanistan; (2) $43 million for a CNG filling station; and (3) $6 million on a project to bolster Afghanistan’s cashmere industry..
Poor policy coordination in between the Afghan and US Governments have caused the following projects to be wasted in Afghanistan.
“Based on our previous reports published indicated that poor coordination in between the US- Afghan Government including the Ministry of Foreign affairs and USAID have caused that the following Governments failed to achieve the goals on extraction of mineral sources, Gas, Oil in Afghanistan, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, John F. Sopko said,”
The following poor coordination in between the two Governments comes after that corruption in Afghanistan is huge challenges standing against the Afghan Government and International community.
Reported by Fahim Noori