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Reviewing contracts has saved Afghanistan USD 150mn

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Reviewing contracts has saved Afghanistan USD 150mn

Over USD 150mn has been saved from reviewing government contracts, President Ashraf Ghani told the National Procurement Commission.

According to a statement from the Presidential Palace, at least USD 9mn was saved from 17 procurement contracts of the Ministry of Defense.

This comes after President Ghani ordered a probe into potential procurement fraud surrounding a major fuel contract of the Ministry of Defense. According to sources, a controversial fuel contract worth over USD 800mn for the Afghan army was signed weeks before President Ghani’s presidency.

Ghani ordered an investigation which resulted in the finding of massive rigging. He canceled the contract and ordered a team of investigators to probe further into the contract. 17 senior people in the Ministry were suspended.

The President has instructed to put the contract into a fresh bidding process after the investigations are completed.

Establishing the National Procurement Commission is one of President Ghani’s attempts at curbing corruption in the country. He chairs the Commission himself.

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