Ministry of Finance Shared Major Activities, Reformsand Anti-Corruption Efforts in Accordance with the Government Accountability Principle to the Nation
On February 20, 2020 Ministry of Finance shared major activities, reforms and anti-corruption efforts in accordance with the Government Accountability Principle to the Nation, and Access to Information Law in a press conference at the Government Media and Information Center (GMIC).
Mr. Abdul HabibZadran Deputy Minister of Finance, Mr. Mohammad EisaQudrat Deputy Minister of Customs and Revenue, and Ms. NaheedSarabi, Deputy Minister of Policy briefed the media on the Ministry of Finance activities.
Mr. Zadran, Deputy Minister of Finance, presentedthe organizational structure, competencies and objectives of Ministry of Finance. He stated that for the first time over the last 18 years, MoF has managed to successfullycomplete six rounds of reforms with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and receive 44.4 million USD IMF incentive fund. He further stated “in the 1398 FY, the target revenue was 188 billion Afghani in the national budget document; but by the end of 1398 FY we have managed to collect more than 209 billion Afghani. It shows an increase of 21 billion compared to this year’s target; and 110% increase compared to the last four years that the total revenue collected was 99 billion Afghani”.
He added that the government has disbursed more than 139 billion Afghani,94% of Development Budget in the 1398 FY. Last year the government had used 127 billion Afghani of its Development Budget; this shows 12 billion Afghani difference that is 3% increase than last year.
“Likewise, the Ministry of Finance has disbursed 98.3% of its Development Budget of 1398 FY; which is 3.5 billion Afghani on22 of its projects. This indicates a 4% increase compared to last year” Mr. Zadran added.
Mr. EisaQudrat, Deputy Minister of Customs and Revenue affirmed“besides other reforms, Ministry of Finance has applied revenue and custom electronic systems properly to prevent corruption and provide facilities to the customers. Taxpayers can fill their taxes electronically now.”
“The Geneva Mutual Accountability Framework includes bilateral commitments between Afghanistan government and international development partners. The framework has 24 indicators; of which the government of Afghanistan is directly responsible tofulfil16 indicators and the remaining indicators should be jointly fulfilled by international partners and the Afghanistan government,” said Ms. NaheedSarabi, Deputy Minister of Policy during the press conference.
“The government has made remarkable progressin applying these indicators; among them 10 indicators have been completed 100%, and the remaining commitments have progressed up to 50%, because their timelines are until the end of 2020,” she added.
Additionally, Deputy Ministers briefed the media about 1399 FY, national budget, reform in recruitment, enterprises, pension and insurance departments, national and development projects, major achievements of the High Economic Council and other relevant issues.
Lastly, in accordance with the presidential decree, according to article 2 of Access to Information Law, and in order to provide accurate and reliable information on the government activities to the people,Ministry of Finance shared its major activities at the press conference and answered questions that were raised by media.