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Ghani Urges Concrete Efforts To Advance Reforms

President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday called for solid steps to be taken to advance reforms in governance. 
 
Speaking to participants at the Open Government Partnership (OPG) Conference in Kabul, he said that the characteristics of governance in the country need systematic changes and that governance in Afghanistan should be a citizen-oriented rather than a power-oriented system. 
 
“Who knows the  population of the country? We are in the second decade of the 21st century, but we do not know the exact figure of our population, still we do not know the results of our spending, still we do not know how much money is spent for what purpose and where and also we do not know the exact number of civil servants,” said Ghani.
 
 “I visited one ministry ten times to assess their projects, each time I found 50 mistakes in their reports and the entire reports were about development projects. I don’t understand how they report to parliament about it and how they report on it to the people,” added Ghani. 
 
At the same event, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto said Afghanistan will move on the path of progress and development if it achieved OGP targets. 
 
 What is GOP?
 
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from national and subnational governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. In the spirit of multi-stakeholder collaboration, OGP is overseen by a Steering Committee including representatives of governments and civil society organizations. 75 nations have already are the members.

Afghanistan

Ghani Urges Concrete Efforts To Advance Reforms

President Ashraf Ghani says Afghanistan has inherited a power-oriented system of governance and that it has to change to a citizen-oriented system. 

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President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday called for solid steps to be taken to advance reforms in governance. 
 
Speaking to participants at the Open Government Partnership (OPG) Conference in Kabul, he said that the characteristics of governance in the country need systematic changes and that governance in Afghanistan should be a citizen-oriented rather than a power-oriented system. 
 
“Who knows the  population of the country? We are in the second decade of the 21st century, but we do not know the exact figure of our population, still we do not know the results of our spending, still we do not know how much money is spent for what purpose and where and also we do not know the exact number of civil servants,” said Ghani.
 
 “I visited one ministry ten times to assess their projects, each time I found 50 mistakes in their reports and the entire reports were about development projects. I don’t understand how they report to parliament about it and how they report on it to the people,” added Ghani. 
 
At the same event, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto said Afghanistan will move on the path of progress and development if it achieved OGP targets. 
 
 What is GOP?
 
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from national and subnational governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. In the spirit of multi-stakeholder collaboration, OGP is overseen by a Steering Committee including representatives of governments and civil society organizations. 75 nations have already are the members.

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