Altered Finance Ministry Opens Doors for Corruption: IWA

Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) has strongly criticized a decision by Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani to split up the Afghan Ministry of Finance into three separate entities including the office of revenues and customs, the office of the treasury, and the finance administration.

Based on Ghani’s plan, the ministry will be divided into the office of revenues and customs, the office of the treasury, and the finance administration.

The IWA said that despite the dire need for reforms in the Ministry of Finance, the structural overhaul proposed by Ghani will create more problems.

“The structural change in the Ministry of Finance and the move to split the customs department and the department of the treasury should have been carried out already over the past 5 years. The current move is not looking logical and relevant,” said IWA researcher Naser Taimoori.

“The move to create three independent entities means that the president wants to transfer the specific authorities and responsibilities of the Ministry of Finance to the Arg (Presidential Palace),” said Abdul Qader Jailani, the former spokesman to Ministry of Finance.

Meanwhile, a number of lawmakers have said that Ghani has not consulted the Afghan parliament for his decision and it’s a violation of the law.

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