26 September 2018

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Herat (BNA) The resident of Enjil district of Herat province appreciated the attention of officials in development of irrigation affairs, BNA reported.
Mohammad Asif Rahimi governor of Herat said, six water management projects for agricultural lands and construction of 25km canal for irrigation inaugurated in Angel District.
According to the agency, the projects completed with the cost of 50 mln Afghanis.

Tuesday June 26, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah chaired Council of Minister’s Economic Committee meeting yesterday, a statement from Chief Executive Press Office reported BNA.
Hinting to nation-wide campaign against drug, Dr. Abdullah called upon all government organs and the people to spare no efforts and help the counter-narcotic ministry to fight drug in the country. Pointing to opium cultivation and drug trafficking as the biggest challenge, the Chief Executive said fighting the phenomenon was the responsibility of all Afghans. Meanwhile, the director of the central statistics department briefed the session on population of the country, saying according to their survey the exact population of the country has been stated 31, 575, 018 in solar year of 1397.
Pointing to challenges before the survey process, the director called the population number as the country’s official figure. Calling the population number as government’s official figure, Dr. Abdullah instructed all government organs to consider the figure while developing policies. Briefing the meeting on India’s sustainable development projects in Afghanistan, Minister of Economy said some organs were not paying attention to implementation of the projects, adding hundreds of India’s scholarships were spoiled and the candidates were not introduced. Calling India’s sustainable projects as golden opportunity for Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah asked government organs to do more and prioritize their programs in coordination with Ministry of Economy and better utilize the given opportunity. He also said India should be informed of Afghanistan’s determination for continuance of the project. The meeting continued with reports of the National Environment Protection Agency and the challenges before Abasin Zadran Super Market in Kabul.

Tuesday June 26, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the National Procurement Commission (NPC) held session on Monday, the presidential palace reported BNA. The meeting approved four contracts worth 3 billion Afghanis, rejected one contract and returned three others. The approved contracts are as follow:
• The contract of ensuring security of Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kandahar, Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif airports.
• The contract for feasibility studies and the Amu River zone projects’ design related to the ministry of water and energy.
• Construction project of Guzar-e-Khawaja Imam in Kabul PD 14, related to Kabul municipality.
• Contract related to the ministry of urban development and housing
The meeting returned the suggesting contracts such developing the public health ministry’s health information center, a 20 KV line route in Ghorband, Parwan province and electrical equipment related to Da Afghanistan Breshna Company for further investigation. At the same time, the Sim Card and Scratch Card procurement contract needed for Afghan Telecom has been rejected due to high price and it was decided that this requirement to be procured through government-to-government contract with India. Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Second Vice-President Sarwar Danesh, Ministers of Finance and Economy, Acting Minister of Justice, NPC in-charges and national observers and some others were also present in the meeting.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The Afghanistan Reconstructing Trust Fund (ARTF) Steering Committee Meeting, comprising Ambassadors of donor countries and co-chaired by Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance and the World Bank Country Director, Shubham Chaudhuri held meeting here yesterday at the Presidential Palace, a statement said.
ARTF is a multi-donor trust fund supported by 34 donors and administered by the World Bank.  The ARTF, the largest source of non-budget financing for Afghanistan’s development, committed to support the government’s poverty reduction, service delivery and inclusive growth efforts, contributing up to $2.485 billion over the next three years to the national budget, according to the results of a meeting held yesterday, a statement said.
The Steering Committee approved the ARTF’s proposed Partnership Framework and Financing Program (PFFP) FY1397-1399 (2020), which outlines how the Government will spend those funds with support from international partners, the statement added.
TF is an important mechanism for reliable, predictable and transparent on budget support to the Government of Afghanistan.  All planned investments in the PFFP are aligned with our core priorities based on the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF).  Through this mechanism we are able to pool aid financing provided by the international community through a single mechanism with higher standards of transparency and accountability” said Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance addressing the Steering Committee meeting as quoted in the ministry’s statement.
Under the new PFFP, funding will continue to be provided for the priorities in the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework, introduced at the 2016 Brussels Conference on Afghanistan.
The largest portion of ARTF funds, 37 percent, will be devoted to poverty reduction, service delivery, and citizen engagement, including programs in health, education, and the Citizens’ Charter.
The ARTF will also support economic growth and job creation, governance and state effectiveness, and will provide fiscal stability support for civilian expenses of the Government, including civil servant salaries.
“The ARTF represents a unique partnership between Afghanistan and its international partners, one that has been in place since 2002, working for a better, more prosperous future for Afghanistan,” said Shubham Chaudhuri, World Bank Country Director for Afghanistan.  “The 2028-2020 PFFP reaffirms the commitment of the ARTF partners to continue working with the government of Afghanistan to improve the lives of all Afghans” he added.  Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund Steering (ARTF) is a multi-donor trust fund supported by 34 donors and administered by the World Bank.  It provides on-budget financing to support the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s development and reform priorities, and it is the single largest source of such funding to the Government.
The Partnership Framework and Financing Program is the third three-year financing strategy for the ARTF.  Previous strategies ran from FY1394 to 1396 (2015 to 2017), which outlined priorities for financing totaling $2.4 billion.  The strategies summarize specifics of ARTF support to Government development and reform priorities.