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Contracts awarded to NGOs are the roots of corruption

The Afghan government is disappointed at the international community’s effort towards eradicating corruption in Afghanistan. The government claims that aid agencies have failed to cooperate with the Afghan government in fighting corruption. The presidential palace alleges that the root of

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Only one bidder of the scandal-hit Kabul Bank steps forward

Three domestic and two international groups were approved through the Expression of Interest stage for the purchase of New Kabul Bank shares, but only one stepped forward to bid. The bidders approved included, Ali akbar Zhawandai Consortium, Forbes and Manhattan,

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Afghan government dismisses SIGAR’s report on Afghanistan’s corruption

The Afghan Ministry of Finance has denied remarks in SIGAR’s latest quarterly report, stating corruption in the country hampering Afghanistan’s reconstruction efforts after influx of billions of dollars of aid. While acknowledging the presence of some degrees of corruption in

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America to assist opium-free provinces in Afghanistan

America has pledged USD 1mn in aid to opium-free provinces of Afghanistan. A memorandum of understanding in this regard was signed on Tuesday between the American Embassy and the Afghan Ministry of Counter-Narcotics. According to latest figures, more than 17

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Hayatullah Dayani wants the Afghan state bank’s debtors detained

Currently imprisoned in Pul-e-Charkhi, Former Chief of the Pashtanay Bank Hayatullah Dayani demands assistance and cooperation in arresting the individuals involved in the embezzlement of the loans. Mr. Dayani was alleged for corruption and embezzlement of USD 27mn through forged

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The Adventure of Afghanistan’s Pashtanay Bank: Is it fight against corruption or fight against Afghanistan’s banking system?

Establishment of banking system in 1312 (equivalent to 1913 in Gregorian calendar) with the inauguration of Bank Milli Afghan (Afghan National Bank) was a major accomplishment, as it later served as the foundation for Afghanistan’s central bank, Da Afghanistan Bank.

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Powerbrokers behind illegal mining in Afghanistan

Office of the Administrative Affairs claimed that local companies and officials in position of power are the main people triggering illegal excavation of mines around Afghanistan. According to the Monitoring and Evaluation Authority Head Sayed Ihasanuddin Taheri, 12 companies alone

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Afghan Ministries of Education & Higher Education reject UN’s report on corruption in Afghanistan

Ministries of Education & Higher Education strongly rejected the latest report on corruption in Afghanistan by the UN office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) and Afghanistan’s anti-corruption unit, calling it far from reality. According to the report, the total cost

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Afghan Ministries of Education & Higher Education reject UN’s report on corruption in Afghanistan

Ministries of Education & Higher Education strongly rejected the latest report on corruption in Afghanistan by the UN office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) and Afghanistan’s anti-corruption unit, calling it far from reality. According to the report, the total cost

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Afghanistan’s corruption cost up to USD 3.9 billion in 2012

According to a report by the UN office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) and Afghanistan’s anti-corruption unit, the total cost of corruption in Afghanistan is increased to USD 3.9bn in 2012- 40% up on 2009. “The bribes that Afghan citizens

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Disparity between Afghan high officials’ income and assets

The High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOO) have begun investigating the land-holdings of about 70 top Afghan officials, after discovering the disparity between income and assets. The Anti-Corruption department recently announced that a number of high-officials refuse to register

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Some Afghan government officials refuse to register their assets

According to the officials of the Office of Anti-Corruption and Oversight, more than 7000 Afghan government officials have registered their assets. Head of the asset registration department at the Office of Anti-Corruption and Oversight, Nadir Mohseni, said some government officials

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IMF, Afghanistan agree path to fresh aid

The IMF said Monday it had reached agreement with Afghanistan on the reform path needed to unlock the next aid installment for the war-ravaged country. The International Monetary Fund granted Afghanistan a $133.6 million line of credit in November 2011

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Kabul Bank defendants’ final trial to begin soon

Kabul Bank’s special tribunal has completed the investigation on Kabul Bank’s defendants after two years. Head of the tribunal Shams-ul-Rahman Shams said Monday that trial of the defendants will begin soon. “Our investigation is completed.  We are working on the

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Afghanistan must fulfill its promises, in order to be eligible for further aid

If Afghan government fails to tackle corruption and to spend the financial aid allocated to the implementation of intended projects, the US might cut of off additional aid to Afghanistan, warns a senior US official. Alex Thier, director of the

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Denmark to continue their assistance to Afghanistan

Danish government has pledged to stand by the Afghan government post-2014 and assist the country with developing its economy. According to the Copenhagen post, Denmark will provide USD 96mn (530mn kroner)  per year between 2013 and 2017. Based on Denmark’s

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America to spend millions of dollars in various sectors in Balkh

Spending more than USD 300mn in Balkh in the past decade, the United States of America have committed to provide financial assistance to various other sectors in the province in the present year. Masha Hamilton, Head of Communications and Diplomacy

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Challenges Facing The US Reconstruction Effort In Afghanistan

In light of plans to transfer security responsibility for Afghanistan to its government by the end of 2014, the United States has a two year window of opportunity to overcome challenges presently facing its reconstruction efforts.  Many of those challenges

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$450,000 stolen from Afghan Millie Bank

(PAN)-Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been stolen from three branches of the Afghan Millie Bank, a senior official said on Sunday. Several people have been detained on suspicion of complicity in the theft. Mohibullah Safi, the bank’s chief, told

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Government should have a greater role in the management of foreign aid-Minister Zakhilwal

Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal is seeking a greater role for the Afghan government in using international aid. He said the annual aid to Afghanistan is channeled through various mechanisms, which makes it difficult to monitor. Graft is a serious

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70 MPs agree to summon ministers

Seventy members of the Lower House of the Parliament or the Wlesi Jirga signed papers on Saturday for summoning nearly a dozen ministers for under-spending development funds for 2011. The annual accounts of the ministries were discussed by 18 parliamentary

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'Powerful Figures' Involved in Land Grabbing: Parliament Commission

By Saleha Sadaat- Tolo News The newly formed parliament commission on supervising the government’s activities said Saturday that 1.25 million acres of land have been confiscated illegally over the past few years across the country, with powerful figures heavily involved

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‘Powerful Figures’ Involved in Land Grabbing: Parliament Commission

By Saleha Sadaat- Tolo News The newly formed parliament commission on supervising the government’s activities said Saturday that 1.25 million acres of land have been confiscated illegally over the past few years across the country, with powerful figures heavily involved

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Efforts to bring standards in Afghan production sectors

The technical committee of the National Norms and Standards Agency has approved 150 standards in 13 production sectors to improve the quality of the Afghan products. Officials have linked the lack of standards in the production sector so far to

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1 TV’s investigation report on major Afghan companies evading tax

According to an investigation report by 1 TV, as many as 15 out of 300 major companies are alleged for refusing to pay taxes to the Afghan government. The report claims that these companies have tried to evade tax by

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