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Tuesday August 15, 2017

Kabul (BNA) First round of autumn anti-polio vaccination campaign has started in western Herat province today.
Mohammad Asif Rahimi governor of Herat ask all officials and local people of Herat to cooperate with health workers for implementing the program successfully.
It is supposed that in this round about 630,000 under-five year old children to be vaccinated and over 570 children will be received Vitamin-E capsules.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Tuesday August 15, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Afghan people ask the authorities of government to take effective steps for eradication of administrative corruption and present a clear response to the people.
BNA analyst of social affairs commenting on the issue writes Dr. Abdullah Abdullah the executive chief of the unity government recently talking on wide spreading of administrative corruption in an official meeting said that administrative corruption was flooding; the people should be informed from the danger. This senior official of government talks about flooding of administrative corruption in a time, this heinous phenomenon has challenged the identity of Afghanistan and Afghan people, and caused the concerns of international community who support the country financially. Considering the situation, the donor countries have depended upon their aids to fighting practically against corruption to the end. During the last years, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to overcome the problem of corruption has taken effective and practical steps, which have led to certain success but not as the people and the world community expect.
One of the major achievements in this regard is the establishment of anti-corruption Judicial and Justice Center. The center so far has brought a number of senior military and civilian officials involved in corruption. This indicates that the steps taken against notorious administrative corruption being successful and increased the hopes of people. In spite of the achievements, the people insist that anti-corruption campaign should be accelerated and the corrupted officials in all ranks including high rank officials to brought to the justice for trial. The Afghan people ask the authorities of the country to further expand anti-corruption programs. Some people believe that everybody criticizes corruption and corrupted officials, but it would be the obligation of the government to do away with this notorious phenomenon and purge the identity of Afghanistan from its evils.
Administrative corruption has changed in to a widespread matter that be considered as a national problem. Therefore, to overcome this shameful phenomenon, public mobilization in fight against it, is an urgent need. The people, relevant state organs, media, religious scholars and civil society activists should untidily fight against corruption and rescue the community from the evil of it. Physically and mentally the situation is ready for such a campaign just a sound management needed, such a management should be established.   
Abdul Khalil Minawi
 

Tuesday August 15, 2017

Kabul (BNA) National Exports Strategy will be codified with cooperation of EU and several domestic bodies.
Tens traders held a big gathering in Herat province to codify NES. According to official, of Herat chambers of commerce and industries, with implementation of this plan, the level of the country’s exports particularly the west zone, would be increased many field. As at present according to available official data, Afghan imports are 10 pc while its exports are 10 pc.
At the same time the officials of WTC would assess Afghanistan exports problems and the way of implementation of this strategy will be paved at the end of current year. According to WTC advisor Mujeeburrahman Khatir, this strategy would improve situation of Afghanistan exports.
The officials of Herat CCI have said that there is a deep gap between imports-exports of Afghanistan, the world and the region and efforts are underway to establish balance between these two partners. They emphasize that the west zone has achieved US $250m exports to regional and world countries and this process is growing.
According to head of Herat CCI Saad Khatibi, Afghanistan imports are several times higher. In their opinion, the reason behind not improving of Afghanistan exports are lack of government support from exporters. Afghanistan annual imports is over US $ 10b while its exports are less than US $ 600m. Afghan exports items include carpets and animal and herbal products. President Ghani has already considered imbalance of our imports- exports as the biggest threat after poverty, corruption and drugs. It is believed that the Afghan government is trying to change this country to an exporter country because many ways are already paved for most products.
According to president Ghani, the Afghan government has managed to defend itself politically but so far she lacks economic independence and political independence is defected without autarky.
The Afghan MoCI has time and again announced that balance of imports-exports are important for Afghanistan economic development. According to MoCI, at present the most Afghanistan exports are taking place to Pakistan and India and efforts will be made to increase exports to other countries too.
To improve trade, Afghanistan has signed bilateral, trilateral and quadrilateral agreements with neighboring and regional countries and efforts are going on to connect Afghanistan to regional and international waters. According to MoCI, similar agreements have been proposed to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to pave the way of Afghanistan exports improvement to these countries.
  Afghanistan exports mainly include, fresh and dried fruits, medicinal herbs, carpets, fur etc but it is said that the value of exports items is more than the registered data. Because often traders and businessmen submit their balance sheetless than the real price to evade taxes.
Shukria Kohistani
 

Tuesday August 15, 2017

Kabul (BNA) National Strategy on Access to Information codified by the Oversight Commission on Access to Information has been officially introduced during a ceremony held by the Chief Executive   
Supporting the strategy, officials stressed that the government administrations are responsible to let the people access to information.
Access to information should turn to culture and the Chief Executive Office would cooperate with civil society and people of Afghanistan in this regard, Dr. Abdullah said.
According to law, the government administrations should classify the information and put them to people access, otherwise, any carelessness would cause the people not to believe in government anymore, CE Abdullah added.
He stressed that the government managers should let the people access to information and never reject the people demands in the respect. 
At the same time, the oversight commission on access to information has codified the national strategy on access to information for four next years. Based on this, to create transparency within the government institutions, the people access to information should be increased.
Officials of the commission said the strategy has been codified in consultation with partners and stakeholders including civil societies, media, public services in-charges and government employees, and if it is implemented, transparency would be created in the government function.
Head of monitoring commission on access to information, Sayed Ekram Afzali said that implementation of the law on access to information would lead the government to transparency, meet the demands of the people and solve many challenges that exist in the country.
He stressed if the government acts based on the strategy, the country would be the first position in transparency among the world countries.
“In Afghanistan all information is classified in the government institutions, in exceptional cases you can get information if you know someone,” said Sayed Ekram Afzali, chairman of the access to information monitoring committee.
Likewise, he added the government administrations are not keen to share any information with people that is why corruption’s rate has been likely increased.
Furthermore, Mujib Khelwatgar, executive chief of Afghanistan’s supporting free media said the government institutions should cooperate with media on access to information, because media play the bridge role between the people and government.
This is while that the government of Afghanistan has always said it would support the media, and stressed access to information is the people’s right.
Suraya Raiszada
 

Tuesday August 15, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A provincial leader of the Islamic State militant group in Afghanistan has been killed in a U.S. air strike in eastern Kunar province, Afghan and U.S. military officials confirmed here the other day.
“U.S. and Afghan Forces have confirmed the death of Kunar provincial Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan (ISIS-K) emir, Abdul Rahman,” U.S. forces in Afghanistan said in a statement.
Rahman was killed along with three additional senior IS members on Thursday in Kunar’s Dara-e-Pech district, the statement added.
Abdul Rahman was a potential candidate to become the IS leader in Afghanistan following Abu Sayed’s death in a U.S airstrike last month.
“The death of Abdul Rahman deals yet another blow to the senior leadership of ISIS-K,” said General John Nicholson, Commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. “He found out just like those before him that there are no safe havens in Afghanistan.”
U.S. and Afghan forces have been engaged in joint- counterterrorism operations against IS in eastern Afghanistan. American and Afghan military forces have promised to eliminate IS in Afghanistan in 2017.
Hundreds of IS fighters, including several senior commanders, have been killed in recent months.
 

Tuesday August 15, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Third meeting of the government of Afghanistan and European Union (EU) on human rights held yesterday, Bakhtar news Agency (BNA) reported.
The minister of foreign affairs, Salahuddin Rabbani said the meeting aimed at promoting and institutionalizing human rights in Afghan society, according to the agency.
The Afghan side during the meeting sought more support from the international community in promoting human rights in the country. They acknowledged incidents of massive human rights violation happened in Afghanistan but stressed the government had been working hard to halt incidents human rights violation and had huge achievements in this way.
Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani said Afghanistan supported the continuation of discussion on human rights and observations of Afghanistan’s performance in ensuring human rights in the country.
He said continued discussion on human rights was welcomed because it provided a platform to discuss over human rights developments and constraints in Afghanistan, BNA added.
Minister Rabbani said massive human rights violations took place in the past one year in Afghanistan such as trail of people in Kangaroo Courts, individual or mass killings, targeting public welfare and religious places by the Taliban and other groups.
The people of Afghanistan wanted the international community to take notice of these incidents and keeps a close watch over the supporters of groups who committed such heinous crimes. He said Afghanistan materialized the pledges made in the previous meetings took strict measure in promoting and protecting human rights in the country.
Likewise, the government invited the UN special reporter on human rights’ advocates to visit Afghanistan this year.
 

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 08:25

Hakimi Meets Australian Ambassador

Tuesday August 15, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance met Richard George Feakes, Ambassador of Australia to Kabul in his office here yesterday, a statement from the Ministry of Finance said.
Both sides discussed strengthening mutual ties, government’s future plans and activities, implementation and financing of development projects, cooperation on infrastructure, underground resources, conducting educational programs for government employees in Singapore and other friend countries, the statement added.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Finance thanked Australian government for its assistance for supporting Afghanistan’s development plans.
 

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 08:23

President Ghani Meets WB Deputy

Tuesday August 15, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with World Bank Deputy on South Asian Affairs at the presidential palace on Monday, his office said in a statement.
In the meeting, thanking WB assistances in different fields with Afghanistan, the president said the government of national unity was committed on bringing reforms in all organs, according to the statement.
Pointing at the government efforts on regional connection, the president said establishing Kunduz-Mazar-e-Sharif-Herat railway would connect China and Iran through Afghanistan, the statement added.
On water management, the president said the government had many programs that if implemented, further steps would be taken toward power energy generation, the statement continued.  Afterward, WB deputy lauded the government of Afghanistan efforts in the fields of reforms and fighting corruption as well as recruitment of new generation in the government organs.  At the end, she assured of WB continued cooperation with the government of Afghanistan in various sectors.
 

Tuesday August 15, 2017

Kabul (BNA) National Procurement Commission (NPC) with President Ashraf Ghani on the chair held meeting the other day, the President Press Office said in a statement.
The meeting approved 9 contracts worth 360mln afghanis, according to the statement.
The contracts include repair and reconstruction of production shops related to housing enterprise units, repairing Pul-e-Kheshti mosque through Afghanistan Construction Enterprise and its design’s final review, procurement of needed materials for the ministry of public health’s radiology institute, requirements for Istiqlal Hospital and spare parts for MoI’s vehicles, the statement added.
The NPC also returned a suggesting contract for reconstruction of Pul-e-Joy-Gholaman road in Farah province for further review. 
The meeting attended by Second Vice President, Sarwar Danesh, ministers of finance and justice, acting minister of economy, SIGAR observers and some other officials, the statement concluded.
 

Tuesday August 15, 2017

Kabul (BNA) In a ceremony held on Monday, Wais Ahmad Barmak, the acting minister of interior officially introduced to the ministry’s staffs, the presidential palace said in a statement.
At the outset, the president’s decree on appointing Wais Ahmad Barmak as acting minister of interior was read out by Mohammad Haroun Chakhansouri, deputy to the presidential palace office, according to the statement.
Afterward, Taj Mohammad Jahid, former minister of interior spoke and thanked the president, his colleagues in national assembly and RS mission for their trust in him during the last 18 months, the statement added.
“We can overcome the challenges with teamwork,” he further said.
As a team, he asked all officials and staffs of the ministry to cooperate with acting minister of interior, Wais Ahmad Barmak, the statement continued.
Pointing at national police sacrifices, the president thanked former minister of interior for his commitment, services and views, the statement went on as saying.
The president hoped the new acting minister of interior to properly use the existed facilities and resources in protection of police forces’ rights and ensuring security of citizens.
Likewise, the president said four-year security plan would cause better management in security sector.
The president stressed if the officials of the three security entities don’t think nationally, security would not restore in the country.
Thanking the president and chief executive, acting minister of interior said we were committed on reforms, but the move needed government, national assembly and politicians’ support.
He vowed to practically step up toward professionalization, procurement, revival system of punishment and rewards, addressing police martyrs’ families and retirements with specific programs.
At the end, at the presence of President Ghani, acting minister of interior, Wais Ahmad Barmak officially assumed office.
 

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