Government of Afghanistan continues to demonstrate strong engagement with CoST  

On 25 February Afghanistan’s Ministry of Energy and Water and the National Procurement Authority signed two Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with CoST Afghanistan focused on the effective implementation of Afghanistan’s Procurement Law, Procurement Procedure and its Access to Information Law.  

Ministries and CoST Afghanistan sign MoUsThis latest commitment extends from previous MoUs signed by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development and the Ministry of Public Works with CoST Afghanistan in June 2017, which have subsequently led to positive steps being taken by the ministries. Both have started to incorporate the CoST Infrastructure Data Standard into the government’s online management system which aims to make all ministry projects accessible to the public. 

The launch event was attended by representatives of government, civil society, the private sector and the media, alongside CoST Afghanistan’s Multi-Stakeholder Group. During the event, H.E. Ali Ahmad Osmani, Minister of Energy and Water and Mr Elham Omar Hotaki, CEO or National Procurement Authority affirmed their motivations, commitment to CoST and the significance of the MoUs. 

“Through these MoUs we can ensure that the public have easy access to information and that trust can be built among citizens,” said H.E. Ali Ahmad Osmani. 

“The NPA is fully committed to transparency and data disclosure, with a focus on building systems and mechanisms we are grateful to and rely on CoST Afghanistan as a strategic partner,” said Mr Hotaki.  

Next steps for CoST Afghanistan 

Following this commitment, in March, CoST Afghanistan presented CoST to the Economic Committee of Ministerial Councils at a meeting attended by Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan H.E. Dr Abdullah Abdullah. After the presentation, the Committee made a request to all those contracted to carry out public infrastructure projects (procuring entities) to fully cooperate with CoST Afghanistan. 

CoST Afghanistan is now working towards its First Assurance Report which will assess the transparency of and make recommendations on eight core infrastructure projects including those relating to energy, water, rural roads and highways. It is also continuing to broaden its influence within government by developing commitments with the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing and the Kabul Municipality. 

Useful links 

Click here for images from the event.
Click here for more information on CoST Afghanistan.

Date Published: 23 March 2018
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