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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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The role of the media in exposing and curbing corruption in Afghanistan

At today’s Media Meeting, Afghan-German Cooperation and Mediothek in Kabul brought together experts from government, civil society, the media and international bodies to discuss what the media has achieved so far in Afghanistan and the challenges the press face in

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Vote count delay results in lower Afghan national revenue

The House of Representatives expressed concerns over the decline in the national revenue, fearing the government would not be able to pay the salaries of the government employees. “Economic problems are inevitable if our government does not tackle the national

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Afghan Finance Ministry accused of miscalculating income taxes

Shopkeepers in Kabul have accused Ministry of Finance (MoF) of miscalculating taxes and eliciting extra taxes for personal gains. According to Tolo News, MoF officials had forced shopkeepers to pay up to 100,000 AFG in income taxes this year, while

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Afghans fear an economic collapse

With the US spending boom coming to an end, many Afghans fear the economy would collapse. The World Bank has predicted an economic growth of 3.2% for this year compared with the expanding rate by as much as 14 percent

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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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USAID contractor ex-employee arrested on embezzlement charges

Afghan police working with American agents arrested an Afghan man on charges of stealing more than half million dollars from an agricultural development fund supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The money was insured, and there was

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Afghan economic experts identify challenges facing the private sector

A day-long national conference was held in Kabul by the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) to evaluate challenges facing the private sector. The challenges outlined would be then presented to the presidential candidates to incorporate them in their

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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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Afghanistan mining revenue declines by 40%

Afghanistan generated USD 50mn in revenue during the current solar year compared with last year’s over USD 90 million, indicating a 40% decline. In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), Deputy Mines Minister Ahmad Durrani said the decline

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Paktia residents allege corruption in education department

Residents are infuriated by the endemic corruption in education department of Paktia. They alleged that presence of graft has prevented proper construction of playgrounds at four different schools: Abdul Hai Gardezi, Shari Nawan, Khwaja Hassan and Babrak Khan. According to

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Tonnage scales on the highways shut down

The Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) announced that the tonnage scales installed on the highways to weigh freight vehicles have now been shut down. This comes as many traders and truck drivers had become skeptical of the scales and claimed

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MEC disputes accuracy of Transparency International’s report on Afghanistan’s corruption

The Afghan Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) has questioned the accuracy of the most recent report by the Transparency International that has ranked Afghanistan among the top three most corruption nations in the world. The MEC officials

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EU demands Afghan government to tackle corruption

The European Union (EU) has called on the government to take necessary steps towards curtaining corruption and ensuring aid money is being spent on what is intended. This comes just day after Afghanistan was ranked in the top three most

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Corruption in Afghanistan is mostly caused by foreigners-Afghan journalists

Afghanistan is ranked one of the most corrupt nations yet again by the monitoring organization called Transparency International in its annual report of Corruption Perception Index. The ranking of the countries is based on data collected from the World Bank,

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Optimism about future increases among Afghans

According to the Asia Foundation’s 9th annual public opinion survey,  Afghanistan in 2013: A Survey of the Afghan People, more than half of Afghans (57%) say the country is moving in the right direction, the highest number in more than

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Afghanistan, Somalia, N.Korea lead corruption index

By Ahmadshah Ghanizada- The Berlin-based corruption watchdog, Transparency International, in its latest Corruption Perceptions Index has revealed that Afghanistan is among the three nations with the world’s highest degree of corruption as perceived by analysts and business leaders. The Transparency

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A shaky foundation? Analysing Afghanistan’s draft mining law

Afghanistan is endowed with minerals that could be worth a trillion dollars. Both the Afghan government and their international partners understandably hope these resources will fuel development and reduce dependence on foreign aid, and are working to encourage the growth

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