22 October 2017

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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

Monday August 14, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Acting minister of information and culture, Sayeda Muzhgan Mostafavi in a meeting with the Parwan governor, Mohammad Asem Asem, said a documentary package should be made from Parwan historical and cultural sites for the world awareness from the country’s further heritages, BNA reported the other day.
While inaugurating the Topdara Stupa excavation work and visiting the historical site of the province, the acting minister and deputy to the finance, tourism and administrative affairs of the ministry of information and culture said: “Less is done for rehabilitation of the Parwan province’s historical sites, despite being close to the capital, Kabul.” “One of the most important things was attention to the internal tourism and this should lodge at the focal point of the government,” said Mostafavi. She asked the provincial government of Parwan to provide a documentary package from Parwan historical, cultural sites to help aware of the country’s cultural heritage and to further promote the country’s culture and tourism.
The acting minister of information and culture said work on construction of administrative office of Parwan information and culture and construction Jihad and Resistance Museum included in the 1369 (Afghan solar year) plan. “These projects would be completed this year.” In case of procurement of land of the provincial information and culture departments, a big cultural complex with 50 percent of women portion would be constructed in each provinces of the country, said Mostafavi. The acting minister inaugurated the work project of Topdara Stupa of the province in a ceremony attended by a number of directors and senior advisor of the ministry of information and culture as well as deputy to the provincial governor, Shah Wali Shahid, elders and influential figures of the province.
According to Abdul Ahad Abbasi, the historical monument (Topdara Stupa) with 30 meter height and 70 parameter, would be repaired in its previous structural style. Meantime, Mohammad Asem Asem, the governor of Parwan spoke about the issue said, the ground was prepared for construction and development in the province and that the provincial leading body would support the anticipated plans and programs. Pointing to the highway of Parwan extending to the north, the governor said providing Bagram and Jabal-ul-Saraj highways with two-sided highways, supplying potable water from Salang to Charikar and rehabilitation of Jabal-ul-Saraj’s historical palace are among the issues expected to be put into practice, as the primary work had been started. Provincial information and cultural director, Abdul Wahid Hashemi enumerated beginning of work on rehabilitation of Jabal-ul-Saraj and repairing of the Topdara Stupa of the province from the achievements of the ministry of information and culture said that tourism, after oil trade ranked second in the world economic list.

Monday, August 14, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Deputy Minister of publication affairs for information and culture Fazil Sancharaki in a session yesterday heard problems and demands of a number of officials for Kabul translation bureaus.
In the session attended also by head of Bakhtar News Agency, Kahalil Meanwi and director of information and culture Najiba Muram a number of officials of Kabul-based translation services while enumerating a range of their problems said one single translation bureau which has not received license so far has monopolized all services, adding that this work of the bureau has put negative impacts on works of other translation bureau.
They also asked deputy minister of publication affairs for information and culture to cooperate with them in connection with decreasing taxes on the respective bureaus.
After hearing demands and problems of representatives of Kabul-based translations bureaus, deputy minister of publication affairs promised to share their problems and demands with relevant government organs.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in a gathering of national strategy of access to information says the people are the real owner of information, while the government is responsible for its protection not keeping it hidden.
Delivering a speech in the gathering, the country’s chief executive said access to information should not be organized based on bureaucratic hierarchy, adding that the process should be simplified.
“Access to information is a serious and general need in a country where corruption is increasing.  The people should consider this issue as part of their daily need and rights”, Dr. Abdullah said, adding that for simple access to information, mind of the people and behavior of government officials should change.
The country’s chief executive asserted that the people should believe that the issue was being addressed in a principal way not symbolically.
He added that facility of access to information was better in capital than in provinces, but the need and importance of access to information were still not perceived in most of the country’s provinces.
Chief executive promised to seriously cooperate with media and officials of commission for overseeing on access to information law in connection with implementation of the strategy and right to have access to information.

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