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IWA slams Afghan government for failing to safeguard natural resources

The Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) has once again flagged corruption as the biggest problem in Afghanistan’s mining sector. In their report the IWA members have highlighted some massive loopholes and inconsistencies in the figures provided by the government to Afghanistan’s

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Afghanistan’s National Procurement Committee approves 5 contracts

The National Procurement Committee, chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, approved five contracts worth 5.5bn AFN during a meeting on Sunday evening. The contracts approved included purchase of fuel for the departments of the Chief Executive Office and the Afghan

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System computerization has helped boost Nangarhar’s custom revenue

Revenue of the Customs Department of eastern Nangarhar province has recorded 2.5bn Afghanis in revenues in the first quarter of the current fiscal year,  indicating 4.14mn Afghanis increase over last year’s returns. Speaking with Pajhwok Afghan News, Elhamuddin Muzhar, head

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Billions of dollars embezzled in Afghanistan’s construction projects

A survey by Construction Sector Transparency Initiative Afghanistan (CSTIA) segment of the Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) has revealed that billions of dollars had been embezzled over the past 15 years in construction projects. According to a statement from the CSTA,

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Afghanistan opens a new permanent facility for Anti-Corruption Justice Center

Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens welcomed the establishment of a new permanent facility for the Anti-Corruption Justice Center in Kabul. The new location will provide a secure and functional environment for the investigators, trial attorneys, and judges of the Anti-Corruption

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Afghanistan goes up in the corruption index

Afghanistan has secured four more points in the index in 2016 and is placed in 169thposition in the latest corruption perception index 2016 released by the Transparency International (TI). Previously, Afghanistan was placed among the most corrupt countries with Somalia

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Canada concerned about embezzlement in aid project to Afghanistan

The Canadian government is investigating an aid project which helps Afghan children to return to school after the results of a report pointed to alleged corruption within the Afghan Ministry of Education. A report on January 9, 2016 by Afghanistan’s

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Distrust over NUG continues among Afghans: New poll shows

A new poll conducted by the Center for Strategic and Regional Studies (CSRS) indicates that distrust among Afghans over the National Unity Government’s policies on economy, security and corruption continues. On the basis of the poll, almost 90% of Afghans believe

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Ghani suspends telecom minister over tax probe

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani suspended Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Abdul Razaq Wahidi on Sunday following an audit into the collection of a 10% tax on mobile phone topups. A spokesperson for the ministry, Yasin Samim, said the president’s

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Transparency International launches anti-corruption program in Afghanistan

Transparency International officially launched its three years program for fight against corruption in Afghanistan. The Afghan-German Cooperation is supporting Transparency International’s commitment to Afghanistan, funding the establishment of the international program. International professionals are currently recruiting national colleagues for the

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Afghanistan’s revenue up by 36% in the first six months of current fiscal year

 Afghan Finance Ministry has collected 31.5bn AFN through customs, 21bn AFN through taxes and 17.5bn through non-tax revenues in the past six months. According to the officials, this year’s revenue has amounted to over 70bn AFN, compared to last year’s

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Nimroz revenue reaches 3bn AFN in first quarter

The customs department of southwestern Nimroz province has recorded a revenue of nearly three billion Afghanis in the first quarter of the current solar year. The revenue has gone up by one billion AFN, indicating a 50% increase from last

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Afghan-German cooperation published research paper on Afghanistan’s extractive sector

The Afghan-Germany cooperation has published a research paper on mining governance titled ”A Balancing Act for the Extractive Sector Governance”. The document was officially launched during a high level meeting between the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) and the

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President Ghani emphasizes need for reform in mining industry

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani emphasized on the importance of the mining industry for Afghanistan and underlined the crucial role of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in reaching the country’s development objectives. “All contracts need to be accessible to the

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Afghan civil society expresses concern over illicit flow of money from Afghanistan

The Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) has released a fresh report on the outflow of cash from the country titled “Curbing Illicit Financial Flow in Afghanistan”. The report claims that about 67% of the financial funds are illicitly earned through money

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Afghan mining contracts won by nepotism: study

According to a latest study by the Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA), Afghanistan’s mining contracts lack transparency and majority of the benefits from benefitting go to the pockets of high-ranking government officials, parliamentarians, powerful individuals and Taliban militants. The study claims

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Afghanistan is biggest recipient of aid from USA

Afghanistan remains to be the highest recipient of aid money from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) despite the withdrawal of foreign forces and decline in American aid assistance. Afghanistan received USD 85mn from the United Stares in

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Unemployment cited as the next biggest challenge in Afghanistan after insecurity

The Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS) survey report reflects on some of the major issues in Afghanistan at present time. According to the survey, insecurity is labeled as the biggest challenge in Afghanistan (34.42%) followed by unemployment (25.86%). Corruption

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National Procurement Commission saves over $200mn in one Civil Aviation Authority contract

The National Procurement Commission efforts resulted in saving more than USD 200mn from one contract of Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority. Chaired by President Ashraf Ghani, the National Procurement Commission reviewed a number of contracts in its weekly meeting held in

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President Ghani encourages domestic industrial growth

President Ashraf Ghani introduced his much-awaited cabinet nominees to the Parliament on Tuesday and termed economic development, fighting corruption and promoting inclusivity as his cabinet’s priorities. He stressed upon encouraging domestic industrial growth and moving away from relying on donors’

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Platform established to report and track corruption cases in Afghanistan

The Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) has launched Efshagar to allow citizens in Afghanistan to report and track corruption cases anonymously. Citizens can report on the type, location, department or office and value of actual corrupt acts on the Efshagar website

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Torkham’s customs revenue up by 20% despite decline in trade activity

Officials of the Customs Department at the Torkham dry port in eastern Nangarhar province have reported a 20% increase in their customs revenue this fiscal year. According to Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), the department has recorded 117mn Afghanis increase in

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US Senators push for conditional aid to Afghanistan

According to a report prepared by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the senators plans to send billions in aid to continue funding Afghanistan’s reconstruction process. The aid will be, however, conditional upon Afghan government’s specific reforms aimed at curbing

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Afghan economy growth projected at 1.5% in 2014

The World Bank in its twice-a-year report—South Asia Economic Focus—has projected a gloomy 1.5% growth rate for Afghanistan’s economy for the year 2014. Afghanistan is on the verge of a fiscal crisis, with declining revenues leading to an unfinanced fiscal

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New government must implement fundamental economic development programs: Arghandiwal

Afghan Economy Minister Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal has asked Afghanistan’s new president, Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, to undertake fundamental programs for the country’s economic development. He cited insecurity, corruption, and dependence on foreign as the main challenges that hampered Afghanistan’s economic

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