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ICT sector could reduce Afghanistan’s reliance on foreign aid: SIGAR

According to a latest report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), Afghanistan’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector could potentially provide over USD 1bn annually to the Afghan government’s budget and reduce its reliance on foreign aid.

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US spent Almost $500 million to mine oil, gas, and minerals in Afghanistan

The continuing slump of crude prices has affected not only the oil and gas companies, but also nations who have invested millions and/or billions to extract oil and gas at known mining spots in the Middle East. Afghanistan is amongst

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$43mn of US taxpayers gone towards a single gas station in Afghanistan

A shocking report from military watchdog Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) shows that the Department of Defense (DOD) has spent almost USD 43mn on a single compressed natural gas filling station in Sheberghan, Afghanistan. SIGAR reported to Congress

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US Company wins the contract to manage Afghanistan’s air traffic control

Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority official announced on Sunday that the contract for Afghanistan’s air traffic control was awarded to a U.S. company to manage the country’s air traffic control for two years jointly with the Afghan authorities. Captain Mohammad Zahir

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Foreign companies to bid for Afghanistan’s air traffic control

According to a statement released by the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA), six foreign companies are interested in bidding for Afghanistan’s air traffic control. The bids were discussed at a consultative meeting in Kabul where representatives of the companies conferred

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Lavish trainings for Afghan jewelers were a waste: Pentagon

Afghanistan’s Special Inspector General for Afghanistan (SIGAR) has chided over the ‘imprudent spending’ of the Pentagon on Afghan gem industry, and identified it as yet another waste of US taxpayers’ money. The US government had earmarked funds for the growth

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Electronic system established for Afghan police salary payments

Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry claimed that the police officers’ salaries are paid through a new electronic system in a bid to prevent embezzlement of the salaries. This comes after the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) recently alleged that the

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SIGAR releases July 30, 2014 quarterly report to Congress

Appropriations on the U.S. effort to rebuild Afghanistan have totaled $104.1 billion, not including the $5.8 billion requested for fiscal 2015 by the White House, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The latest quarterly report from SIGAR

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US funding for Afghanistan tops the amount spent rebuilding Germany, Britain after WWII

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), John Sopko, said Afghanistan will continue to receive up to USD 10bn of aid annually from the US after the withdrawal of foreign troops. Sopko said the US had never put such

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SIGAR warns of graft draining Afghan government revenue

The US Special Inspector for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) in its latest report has warned of corruption that has threatened functioning of the Afghan government and drained Afghan government revenue, adding that the problem could worsen if gone unchecked. This comes

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Afghan Finance Minister spurns SIGAR’s report as baseless

Afghan Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal rejected the recent report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) on direct assistance to the government. According to a recent report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), Afghan

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Afghan Finance Minister spurns SIGAR's report as baseless

Afghan Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal rejected the recent report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) on direct assistance to the government. According to a recent report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), Afghan

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Afghan Ministries incapable of managing donor funds- SIGAR reports

According to a recent report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), Afghan Ministries are unable to manage and account for funds unless they implemented recommendations included in the public financial management assessment reports. Following the completion of

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A possible banking crisis to arise from Afghanistan's central bank: SIGAR warns

According to a recent report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a corruption watchdog, Afghanistan’s central bank, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), lacks the required ability to regulate commercial banks. DAB is responsible for controlling license issuance and

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A possible banking crisis to arise from Afghanistan’s central bank: SIGAR warns

According to a recent report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a corruption watchdog, Afghanistan’s central bank, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), lacks the required ability to regulate commercial banks. DAB is responsible for controlling license issuance and

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SIGAR re-opens probe of Afghanistan's USD 34M "White Elephant"

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko is reopening probe into the USD 34 million military facility of Camp Leatherneck, known as “White Elephant”, built in southwestern Afghanistan by the Pentagon. According to Fox News, the initial investigation

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SIGAR re-opens probe of Afghanistan’s USD 34M “White Elephant”

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko is reopening probe into the USD 34 million military facility of Camp Leatherneck, known as “White Elephant”, built in southwestern Afghanistan by the Pentagon. According to Fox News, the initial investigation

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Where are US dollars going to in Afghanistan?

According to findings by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), as many as 43 companies based in Afghanistan are linked to terrorist networks. A notable example given in the report is a road construction company partly owned by

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$100b investment at risk in Afghanistan due to security threats: SIGAR

By Ahmadshah Ghanizada-The top US watchdog in Afghanistan in its latest report has warned that nearly $100 billion US investment is under threat from the lack of oversight and increasingly difficult situation in Afghanistan. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan

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Contractor in Afghanistan accused of overspending and waste

In a recent report by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a contractor awarded the project of establishing a hospital in Gardez, Paktiya, is accused of overspending and waste. The report blames the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the

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USAID refutes SIGAR’s allegations of corruption against Afghan Ministry of Public Health

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) repudiated the charges lodged against the Ministry of Public Health in a recent report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). Mission Director to USAID, William Hammink, said there was

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Afghan Ministry of Public Health repudiates SIGAR’s corruption allegations

The Ministry of Public Health has refuted all the charges lodged against them in the report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). SIGAR in a recent report said the financial audit of the ministry was marked with

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SIGAR concerned about aid management in Afghan Public Health Ministry

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has expressed concerns about the aid management in Afghan Public Health Ministry. This comes after a new sum of USD 200mn has been allocated by the United States Agency for International Development

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Afghan contractor steals $77m in US government funds: SIGAR

By Ahmad Shah Ghanizada The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) following a statement revealed that an Afghan trucking contractor working for the U.S. military in Afghanistan has stolen $77 million in U.S. government funds. The investigation by

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US Department of Defense slammed for controversial Afghan helicopter purchase

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) in its latest report criticized the US Department of Defense for pursuing controversial chopper purchases from a Russian firm. The report said the US must not spend nearly a billion dollars on

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