High Council On Rule of Law Approves National Anti-Corruption Strategy

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the High Council on Rule of Law has approved the National Anti-Corruption Strategy’, presidential press office said in a statement Friday. 
The meeting was held at the Presidential Palace late on Thursday also discussed legal claims between the National Enterprise Directorate and Amarkhel Company and regulations on heavy corruption crimes, according to the statement.
Second Vice-President, Mohammad Sarwar Danesh gave information about the national anti-corruption strategy and said the text of the document was prepared after two weeks of review.
“Justice and judicial organs, civil society groups and international partners had been consulted on the strategy in meetings with them and some of their views had been incorporated, said the statement quoting the second vice-president.
Some other related officials present at the meeting including Chief Justice, Sayed Yousuf Haleem, Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi and Acting Interior Minister Wais Barmak shared their views about the issue.
According to the statement, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said that it was too important to  have a visible and measurable movement against corruption and that the people of Afghanistan and international partners demanded practical steps by the government against corruption.
According to him, every department should have their anti-corruption plans and the relevant law needed review and amendment to be more effective.  He promised and increased oversight role for civil society and media in the anti-corruption campaign and asked the civil society to come up with their proposals.
The statement quoted the president as saying that a widely attended meeting should take place after every six months with reports about the outcome of the national anti-corruption strategy.
Attorney General Farid Hamidi presented regulations about heavy corruption crimes to the meeting and said that a joint committee with the anti-corruption police had worked on the key issue.
At the end, the meeting decided that the regulations on heavy corruption crimes should be changed into a procedure and referred to the justice and judicial entities and the ministry of interior for further discussion.

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