Anti-Corruption strategy presented to President Karzai

The Anti-corruption and Administration Reform Commission has presented a strategy to President Hamid Karzai to fight corruption and expedite the reform process within the government administration.

Updated: (3.17.2008)

Chief Justice Abdul Salam Azimi, joined by Attorney General Abdul Jabar Sabit, Minister of Justice Sarwar Danish, Head of Civil Service Commission Dr. Mushahid and Economic Advisor to the President, Mohammad Yasin Usmani, presented the National Anti-corruption and Administration Reform Strategy.

The new strategy as a major step forward demonstrates government’s strong commitment in wiping out corruption and implementing a wide-reaching reform within its institutions.

It was collectively agreed in the meeting that bribery and corruption became a serious problem in most of the government departments.

The government has already initiated some anti-corruption activities. However, the meeting urged that there is a need for a more comprehensive approach for an effective move out of the problem.

Members of the Commission also noted that a considerable amount of corruption was noticed in the contracts and projects that are implemented on non-Afghan standards, thus opening the way for waste of much of Afghanistan reconstruction money.

It was insisted in the meeting that corruption in judicial and financial institutions has negative impact over the economic, social and cultural spheres of people’s life.

The strategy is also designed to seriously deal with the problem that has affected the efforts by the government for quality control of imported goods like the medicine, foodstuff and other consumable items.

The strategy lays out a suggested roadmap for action by the government to help ease off complicated lengthy administrative procedures and red-tape within government institutions.

The meeting agreed that a competent and decent agency with enough authority be established to implement the strategy. The Commission will soon arrange a press availability to spell out more on the strategy.

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