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Afghanistan’s Corruption remains to be a threat to aid uses beyond 2014

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Afghanistan’s Corruption remains to be a threat to aid uses beyond 2014

corruptionAccording to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the USD 8bn of international annual aid pledged to the Afghanistan beyond 2014 may easily be robbed by the endemic corruption existing in the government.

The international community recently pledged USD 16bn through 2016, half of which has been deposited into Afghan government accounts.

Inspector John Sopko said he had evidence that the Afghan government has robbed bank accounts and refused to prosecute high ranking officials accused of graft.

“Briefly put, we identified roughly $50 million stolen from the U.S. government which was sitting in an Afghan bank account,” Mr. Sopko said, in prepared remarks of a speech delivered at the New America Foundation. (Foreign Policy.com)

Furthermore, Mr. Sopko called on the Ministry of Finance to address corruption immediately in the customs department where most of the revenues to the government come from.

Meanwhile, government officials acknowledged the presence of corruption and said efforts are being made to tackle the issue.

On the other hand, Head of the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption claimed that the will to fight corruption did not exist in the government.

The international community promised to continue aid to Afghanistan beyond 2014 at the Tokyo Conference conditional upon the government’s efforts towards deterring the dreadful corruption.



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