22 February 2018

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Wednesday February 7, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Media and civil society organizations have played vital role in public awareness, counter-corruption, maintaining social justice, increasing of transparency and accountability and making government institutions responsive during the past 16 years.
Afghan Infrastructural Sector as a key sector is very important for economic development of the people and tranquility of the people. Role of the country’s media and civil society organizations in increasing of transparency in the respective sector is considered as significant and results in improvement of situation.
Therefore, Afghanistan Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) held an informative workshop on Tuesday for media and civil society organizations to further involve them in transparency and accountability process of the country’s infrastructural sector. The workshop was attended by officials for ministry of economy and more than 30 representatives of the country’s media and civil society organizations. The workshop aimed to make media and civil society organizations acquainted with goals and operations of Afghanistan Construction Sector Transparency Initiative and importance of releasing information in connection with infrastructural projects in strengthening of transparency and accountability.
“Ministry of Economy as host of this initiative in Afghanistan and head of CoST-related organizations group is fully supporting transparency process in the country’s infrastructural sector and asking all procurement institutions in particular key ministries to cooperate with the initiative. But, for implementation of this goal, role of the country’s media and civil society organizations are significant. Media and civil society organizations as representatives of the people have the right to seek further information in connection with transparency process of the country’s infrastructural projects,” Mohammad Ismail Rahimi, deputy minister of economy said. In the workshop, participants have been given information in connection with problems in infrastructural sector and ways for solutions, process of releasing information related to the projects and others.
The Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) works with governments, industry and local communities around the world to get better value from public infrastructure investment by increasing transparency and accountability.  CoST is a multi-stakeholder initiative with 15 participating countries spanning four continents. Afghanistan joined CoST in October 2013 following recommendations made by the Afghanistan Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) on the need for greater transparency in the construction of infrastructure. The CoST Afghanistan program is led by the Ministry of Economy with the process of disclosure and assurance initially tested by Afghanistan Reconstruction and Development Services.
Massouda Qarizada

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Daikundi (BNA) Assistance took place for 330 displaced families in Daikundi province.
Syeed Ibrahim Hashimi head of refugees and repatriation of Daikundi told BNA correspondent, for each family disseminated 200 US dollar and blanket by United Nation High Commission for Refugees.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Badakhshan (BNA) Five people were martyred in two traffic accidents in Badakhshan province.
Neek Mohammad Nazari spokesman for Badakhshan told BNA correspondent, the accidents occurred due to heavy snowfall and freezing of roads in Keshm district of the province. In the events, six other people have been injured.

Monday, February 05, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Recently, a number of women are not only the owners of some restaurants, but they also practically working as servants in them.
Rabia is a women who works in Diplomat Restaurant and is satisfied with her job.
In an interview with The Kabul Times, she said, Diplomat Restaurant was a restaurant where has been invested by Turkey people and is about to be inaugurated in near future.
The restaurant has two branches in Shahr-e-Now, one is for women and another one for men, she further said.
She said in compare with the past, the women could now take part in the society and economically help their households.
She believes we are living in a traditional society, where most of men don’t allow their wives to work outside. But I am happy from my family, she said, adding my family has always supported me to work outside.
Rabia is the only bread-winner of her family. She said, “Besides working here, I also study in an educational institute.”
She asked the families to let their girls and women work outside and get educated, because they need to be educated like men and compete their requirements by working in the society.
Comparing last years, she said employment rate for women has been increased, an opportunity that should not be wasted.
Currently, a number of restaurants in Kabul are being run by women, where the women cook delicious meals to their customers.
Ms. Torpikay is another women who works in Spin Zar Restaurant eight hours each day. She works besides men and has never felt herself uncomfortable.
She said I have never been teased by men around me and has been working in the restaurant for fifteen years.
There is no doubt that Afghan women have suffered much over the last years. Therefore, it is hoped they are allowed to work outside and support financially their families.

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