As the National Unity Government (NUG) in Afghanistan reaches its two-year mark, Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani told an audience at the Council of Foreign Relations on Tuesday that the administration has worked hard at comprehensive reform and to stamp out corruption.
“Very soon the unity government will reach its two-year mark. Over this period of time President Ghani and Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, have worked hard to implement a comprehensive reforms agenda in the political, economic and social sectors to overcome the threat of corruption and to reinvent the image of our institutions, so that they are deemed more effective and credible in the eyes of our people,” Rabbani said.
“As part of a major overhaul of our court system we have begun the process of appointing capable judges and lawyers in place of individuals who were implicated in corruption and illegal activities. In that effort more than 600 judges have already been replaced with investigations of many cases now being conducted.”
Rabbani talked about the challenges the Afghan government still faces amid ongoing violence from Taliban insurgents.
He claimed the militants cannot be fully stamped out without help from neighbouring Pakistan.
“As we have stated time and again, terrorism will not be defeated in Afghanistan or elsewhere as long as the distinctions between good terrorists and bad terrorists continues, coupled with the lingering problem of terrorist safe havens and sanctuaries, which remain unaddressed.”
He also talked about the management of public finances and said: “We have also taken a series of measures to manage our public finances more effectively. A lack of transparency and the issuance and approval of government contracts over the past several years exacerbated the problem of administrative corruption. As a measure to change this dangerous trend, the unity government established the national procurement commission co-chaired by President Ghani and Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah.”
“The unity government is also focused on reforming our electoral law in order to ensure the credibility and transparency of our future elections,” he said.