23 January 2018

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Saturday, January 06, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the other met with the UK ambassador in his office at the Sapidar Palace, the CE office day in a statement said.
Both sides discussed some key issues including, politico-security developments, the country’s regional relations, particularly with Pakistan and preparation for holding the Kabul Process Conference, the statement said.
At the meeting, Dr. Abdullah stressed on the importance of the two countries relation based on joint cooperation, with the British ambassador emphasizing on the need for support to Afghanistan and the democratic process in the country and assured his country’s long-term cooperation in restoring peace and stability in the war-suffered nation.
 

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the rule of law and anti-corruption high meeting’s session was held Wednesday at presidential palace.
In the session, report of Afghanistan Integrity Watch related to budget of 1397, property claim of a number of individuals on 28 acre lands in Banayee Enterprise located in Bagrami district, report of anti-corruption committee and acceleration draft on implementation of pardon decrees of prisoners were discussed.
First, head of Afghanistan Integrity Watch Ikram Afzali delivered the organization’s report in connection with budget for 1397 fiscal year and said the government’s steps towards reforms of national budget were hopeful, but the government has not addressed main causes of un-implementation of development projects.
Minister of finance Eklil Hakimi while praising the Afghanistan Integrity Watch for the report said the government welcomed the report and was ready to provide overseeing facility to the organization and other relevant organizations in budget planning programs.
Describing reforms in the budget of 1397, Hakimi said standardizing in budget of 1397 has been considered and prepared based on realism, adding that projects which funding sources were not specified would not be included in the budget.
He further said that imaginary and unrealistic budget in past had caused distrust in parliament and the people; therefore, the government has recently made effort to prepare the budget based on necessary standards.
Minister of finance asserted that efforts were underway for increasing of domestic incomes so Afghanistan could reach self-sufficiency.
Afterwards, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said that all institutions should have coordinating plans to increase revenues as well as their expenditure and structure should be regular.
The country’s President stressed that balance should be brought between ordinary and development budget and unnecessary expenditures should be prevented, adding that the main goal should be transparency and effectiveness in spending of the budget through which necessary services could be delivered to people.
In the session, attorney general Mohammad Farid Hamidi delivered report of anti-corruption committee and suggestion for creating two committees in connection with second phase of Afghanistan self-review in accordance to UN anti-corruption convention.
He added that procedure and coordination of intelligence organs were discussed and it was stressed that a database should be created for the government’s achievements in rule of law sector, suggesting that two committees should be formed to highlight all achievements in judicial and anti-corruption sector
Afterwards, President Ghani said list of Afghanistan government’s commitments in observing human rights should be prepared in accordance to human rights convention.
In the session, acceleration draft on implementation process of forgiving and remission of prisoners’ punishments was delivered by deputy of general directorate of administrative affairs Shoaib, who spoke in connection with problems in delaying in implementation of decrees and verdicts.
After overall discussion, it was decided that problems of women prisoners should be completely reviewed within the coming two months, responsibility for implementation of decrees should be transferred to Attorney General Office and a professional team should be created to execute in this regard. The country’s President said that decrees and verdicts should be standardized and processes of remission and forgiveness of punishments should be further clarified. He considered management of prisons as key issue, adding that overall reforms should be brought in the country’s prisons.
 

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the High Human Resource Council’s session was held yesterday at presidential palace.
In the session, civil society’s overall plan in connection with reforms in education titled “Afghanistan Education Task Force” was delivered by Najiba Ayoubi, a representative of civil society organizations.
She briefed related to capacity of work force in Afghanistan education that included school management, learning, accelerated learning, classes at society level, distance education, online education and overall supervision of teachers and students.
Afterwards, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani spoke and while praising civil society for the respective plan said Afghanistan government and civil society should have common language and work closely with ministry of education to address problems at the ministry.
The country’s President added that 1397 should be changed to a year of nationwide education drive and make use of all means for strengthening and development of education in the country.
“The base of our cooperation with civil society related to education is clear, but modality of the cooperation should be specified,” said President Ghani, adding that a clear survey was needed in education sector to specify the number of teachers, age and their higher education.
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani further said that civil society shared its successful experiences with us, so a review should be done in this regard and experiences should be enlisted so we could make use them.
He asserted that a serious review was needed in education curriculum as it should be provided in accordance to needs of current era.
“We have a strong determination for reforms in education system and should make use of created opportunities for reforms and improvement of quality of the country’s education,” said President Ghani, adding that attention should be paid to provinces and districts that have been deprived from education due to insecurities.
President Ghani also instructed the relevant organs to deal with the internet connectivity problem at schools across the country.
At the end, the country’s President said that discussion related to plan of civil society was practical and ministries of education and higher education should reach agreement with civil society in this regard.
 

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Hekmat Khalil Karzai, the deputy political affairs of the foreign ministry met with newly appointed US ambassador, his office said in a statement Tuesday.
Both sides according to the statement, discussed the second meeting of Kabul Process, which is expected to be attended by representatives from 25 countries and held in Kabul, next month, to focus on peace, counterterrorism.
The statement also said that the ambassador expressed his country’s continued support to the peace process between the government of Afghanistan and armed oppositions and both sides spoke about the effectiveness of the US strategy about South Asian region in war on terror.
The US ambassador assured of his country’s full support to the processes under the Afghan leadership, including Kabul Process and Afghan-owned and Afghan-lead peace process.
 

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