1- Biography of His Excellency Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, Acting Minister of Finance
His Excellency Arghandiwal was born in 1952 at Arghandi, Paghman District of Kabul Province. He attended Ghazi High School, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Kabul University in 1976. Right after his graduation from Kabul University, he took up a post with the Industrial Planning Department of the Ministry of Plan.
After the Communist Coup in 1979, he had to emigrate and joined the Mujahedeen forces where His Excellency was appointed as representative of Hizb-e-Islami Party to the United States. During his time in the United States, he continued his studies; pursuing professional certifications in management and system analysis software.
While serving the party in the United States, the ongoing challenges in the country, especially the Jihad against the Soviet Union intensified, and hence the party had to review its priorities and instructed His Excellency to return home and appointed him as Hizb-e-Islami Party’s International Relations Committee Coordinator. Before the collapse of the Communist Regime in Kabul, His Excellency was responsible for the financial affairs of Hizb-e-Islami Party and as soon as Mujahedeen took charge he returned to Kabul where later he served as Finance Minister in Late President Burhanuddin Rabbani’s cabinet.
Post-Taliban era, from 2006 to 2008, His Excellency served as Social and Tribal Affairs Advisor to His Excellency President Hamid Karzai. In 2008 and after getting the vote of confidence from the Afghan parliament, His Excellency was appointed as Minister of Economy.
Currently, H.E. Arghandiwal is serving as Acting Minister of Finance. He is fluent in Pashto, Dari and English, and he can speak Urdu and Arabic.
2- Mr. Abdul Habib “Zadran” Deputy Minister-Administration Senior Advisor to H.E. Minister of Finance on Cost Saving in Security and Defese Sector Ministry of Finance, Afghanistan
Mr. Abdul Habib Zadran has broad experience in Management, finance, accounting, procurement, banking and donor relations, having filled a number of roles for the Government of Afghanistan, donors and Private Sector. He is graduated from the University of Punjab, Pakistan and then obtained his Masters (MBA) with specialization in Finance. Perior to this, he has served as a business administrator for Siemens Afghnaistan, Chief of Staff and Director of Finance and Procurement for the Independent Board of Kabul New City and many other international companies and organizations as well as Head of Projects Devlepoment and Senior Advisor to Director General of Budget, Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan.
Mr. Zadran has also worked as the Leading Advisor of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and as the Chief Financial Officer for the Independent Board of Kabul New City development. To attract investment and support of Donors, Mr. Zadran has represented its relevant organizations in several international conferences, seminars and interacted with international donors (i.e. IMF, World Bank, JICA, ADB, USAID, KOIKA, IDB etc). His expertise in Public Financial Management (PFM) of the Government of Afghanistan is highly noteable.
In 2016, he was appointed as the Director of Large Taxpayers in revenue department of the Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan. Considering his wide range of reforms which resulted in significant increase of the revenue of this department, he was promoted to the Director General position. The reforms and revenue increase continued and in 2018 the revenue reached a record high of 14.2% of the GDP of the Country.
Mr. Zadran is currently serving as Deputy Minister Administration and the Senior Advisor to H.E. Minister of Finance on Cost Saving in Security and Defense Sector.