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Foreign Institutions’ Method of Aid Expenditure will be monitored: Usmani

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Foreign Institutions’ Method of Aid Expenditure will be monitored: Usmani

Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee say that from now on international community’s aid that is spent through foreign institutions will be seriously monitored.

This is the first time ever that the Committee is taking a serious action on monitoring of foreign institutions.

According to the Committee, there was no accountability from the foreign institutions on their expenditure of aid money since the past 11 years.

According to the Head of the Committee Mohammad Yasin Usmani, 80% of total foreign aid is spent through foreign institutions.

“We asked the global community that why do they not ask for the Afghan government view before spending the aid money? The global community gave their promise that they will make their strategy and approach more clear and transparent and will work with the Afghan government in harmony,” said Mr. Usmani in a press conference, attended by representatives of the three branches of the government, on Saturday.

The purpose of the conference was to discuss strengthening the process of combating corruption and to highlight the problems that the Committee faces while carrying out the process.

While in addition to this Committee, High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption also works for eradicating corruption, a number of Lower House members say that the two Committees lack legal basis.

“I think instead of establishing these committees, already existing legal institutions such as the Attorney General and the courts should be strengthened. Creating more and more committees will actually lessen the chance of successfully fighting corruption,” said Mohammad Abdah, one of the Lower House Representatives.

Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee, which has three local members and three foreign members, were created two years ago to monitor the activities of government and foreign institutions.

There already existed the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption that worked on combating corruption in Afghanistan.

Many people and experts have criticized the performance of the Committees and say that they have not achieved much in stamp outing corruption.

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