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Afs520m saved in MoD procurement contracts

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: The General Directorate of National Procurement (GDNP) on Sunday said that Afs520 million has been saved in 17 contracts of the Ministry of Defense (MoD) after assessment by procurement commission, chaired recently by President Ashraf Ghani.

Chief of the GDNP, Yama Yari, said that in the 10th procurement commission meeting, 20 contracts having estimated value of Afs39 billion were discussed and approved by the commission.

Speaking at a press conference here, he said that out of 20 contracts, 17 contracts were related to MoD, one to the civil aviation and two others to Ministry of Education (MoE).

He said that Afs520 million was saved in the 17 contracts of MoD. Totally, 110 contracts with estimated value of Afs60 billion were discussed and approved in the past 10 meetings of the procurement commission. Since beginning of the reforms process in procurements, the government has saved Afs5.6 billion.

Saving of the huge amount in the contracts and implementation of the projects in transparent manner would improve the economy and create employment opportunities in the country. Work is underway over different ministries’ contracts and the outcomes would be shared with public in order to ensure transparency, he added.

Yama Yari further said that over 260 contracts were forwarded to the GDNP. Twenty-two contracts were rejected due to problems. However, he did not provide details in this regard.

Recently, President Ghani ordered probe into the alleged fraud in purchase of fuel for the MoD. Later, the contract was canceled.

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