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President Ghani, John Sopko discuss Afghanistan efforts towards counter corruption

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met yesterday with US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko at Presidential Palace.
In the meeting, both sides discussed developments, achievements and results of works of Afghanistan government in counter corruption.
Officials of different departments of Afghan government presented brief information about financial issues, collection and increase in taxes, allocation of budgets, measures to stop waste of financial resources, improvement in customs system and decrease in unnecessary expenditures by government departments.
Afterwards, President Ghani spoke about the progress against corruption and said that the increase in percentage of use of development funds was a good development because in the past up to 50 percent budget used to be spent which has now increased to 97 percent.
About improvement in public services, he said the government made serious reforms in the recruitment of civil servants and stopped political interference in the civil service departments.
He said the Independent Commission for Administrative Reforms and Civil Services (AICARCS) recruited 50000 servants and 20000 teachers as per the set standards.
About judicial reforms, the president said more than 400 laws were approved for government departments and tens of government employees were dragged to courts on charges of involvement in corruption.
He said transparency in mines and passport system has increased while law dealing urban affairs was amended.
He said the registered all the government land with the revenue bank in order to stop grabbing of government land by land mafia and the government was committed to uproot the menace of corruption.  SIGAR is US government’s leading oversight authority on Afghanistan reconstruction. 
In return, US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko said that the government of Afghanistan has made good progress in fighting corruption and these efforts should continue.

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