Tuesday April 16, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Finance, UNITAR and Graduate Institute of Geneva officially launched Executive Master Program, following which as many as 20 staffs of the ministry are expected to be selected based on their merit and a transparent exam, a statement from the ministry said Sunday.
Ministry of Finance designed a master’s degree program through its own internal funds with the technical cooperation of UNITAR supporting the capacity building of 20 senior officials of this ministry to the master’s level, according to the statement.
The statement said UNITAR jointly coordinated the execution of the aforementioned program with the Graduate Institute of international and development studies of Geneva, to jointly implement the Executive Master’s Degree program in Development of Policies and Practice (DPP) that will be enhanced with additional e-learning courses provided by UNITAR in the areas of interest for the MoF.
This program is for the period of 12 consecutive months ending in the conferral of a Master’s degree for successful candidates who completes 30 academic credits and fulfill all the program requirements.
Minister of Finance Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal said in his opening remarks: “I am very delighted to see the launching of Master’s programs for core official of MoF and looking forward to a long term strategic relationship with UNITAR and the graduate institute of Geneva.”
Mr. Alex Mejia, (Manger Local Development Program UNITAR) said: “I am very delighted and honored to be counterpart with the ministry of finance and to be part of the capacity development of the MoF civil servant and as a whole to get the opportunity to develop afghan leaders through this program”.
This master’s degree program was formally initiated with the signing of MoU on 30th of January between Ministry of Finance and UNITAR in Geneva Switzerland.
The program contains 3 modules in 4 parts as bellow in detail__ first will take place in Abu Dhabi, from 29th April to 11 May, 2nd in Istanbul, from 17th June to 7th July, 3rd in home country Kabul from 8th July to 22 Jan and the fourth module would be held in Geneva, from February to 28th February, this year.
All the candidates were selected purely on merit base assessment after the internal examination that was conducted in MoF, and later on the external telephonic interviews were conducted with each of the candidates by the professor of the graduate institute of Geneva.
The official launching ceremony is taking place on 14th of April in presence of Minister of Finance, the delegation from UNITAR and the graduate institute of Geneva where the delegation will offer acceptance letters to each of the candidate and brief them on the program.
The Ministry of Finance of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan committed to its employee’s development and enhancement of their capacity for effective service delivery to its clients and the public of Afghanistan in long run.
Monday April 15, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The deputy to ministry for communication and information technology, engineer Baryali Hasam has said that the rate of phone call is higher in compare with the countries’ of the region.
In interview with BNA, here yesterday, he added that the rate is fixed in accordance with free market and evaluated quarterly and at the end of year.
However, he admitted that the ministry of communication cannot force the companies to reduce the prices.
The officials also lauded the achievements of administration in providing communication services, saying four private firms, one government-run communication company and 44 ISP companies have been operating in the fields of communication and 88 percent of the country’s populations enjoy communication services.
Nevertheless, engineer Hasam added that the rate of phone call has been reduced in compare with the past years.
He also noted that Afghan Telecom Company is also providing GSM service and is going to expand the service across the country within the next two years.
Afghan Telecom, he said issues license for 3-G service against 25 million US dollars and so far three companies have received the licenses to operate in the country.
Around 1 billion US dollars have been invested in the field of communication and some 100,000 people have job in this sector directly and indirectly, the official said, adding 220 more villages will also be covered by communication services.
Sunday April 14, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The economic committee of Ministers’ Council with vice president Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim on the chair held meeting yesterday and once again discussed the drafted law on imposing tax on surplus values, press office of presidential palace said to the BNA.
Speaking at the meeting, the vice president stressed that the interest of people and character of Afghan society should be kept in mind by the legislature committee of the ministers council.
The deputy to justice ministry briefed the participants on the drafted law on imposing tax on surplus values and approved and referred it for final approved to the ministers’ council.
The meeting also tasked a special commission to work in coordination with the ministry for justice on the drafted law and after seeking opinions, sent its amended form to minister council.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The ministry of power and water has drafted a 20 years Master plan to provide electricity for the country.
According to BNA, the plan drafted at a cost of 1.5 million US dollars provided by the Asian Development Bank and with the partnership of Fishner of Germany. Elaborating the master plan, minister for power and water Mohammad Ismael Khan said that the plan was drafted in 1355 but was renewed after eight years keeping in mind the necessities and the need of economic development.
The minister said that with the implementation of the master plan, Afghanistan would become self-sufficient in the field of having electricity within the next 22 years, saying construction of power generating dams on Kunar and Kokcha rivers is part of the plan.
Afghanistan with having huge water resources can produce 23,000 megawatts power, he added.