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Uncertainty, lack of transparency mars AFN 100 billion construction project inaugurated by Ghani

14 Jul 2019 The Khaama Press News Agency

President

Mohammad Ashraf Ghani inaugurated a massive construction project in Kabul by

laying the foundation stone of the first phase of Administrative Complex

estimated to cost around 100 billion Afghanis.

Ghani laid

the foundation of the first phase of Administrative Complex earlier today which

includes construction of buildings for 14 governmental institutions and

ministries of Finance, Urban Development and Land, Mines and Petroleum,

Transportation, National Disasters Management, Land Authority, National

Procurement Commission, National Bank, Central Bank, Pashtany Bank and Capital

Zone Development Authority.

According

to plans and work schedule, the completion of the first phase of the project

will take up to 5 years.

One of the

senior officials of the project speaking on the condition of anonymity said the

Ministry of Finance has pledged 12.5 billion Afghanis for the project.

The

official further added that the government has handed over the construction

work of the project to government-owned Benayee Construction Plant without any

notifications and bidding processes.

The award and inauguration of the project has raised many important questions including the performance of Benayee Construction Plant in implementing major projects in past 15 years, capability of the plant to complete the mega project, how would the government arrange funds for the project and would the government be able to complete the project in next five years.

Reactions to Award and Inauguration of the Project:

Sher Baz Kaminzada, the director of the Chamber of Commerce and Mines of Afghanistan criticized the government for handing over the project to a governmental enterprise, emphasizing that the governmental firms do not operate in any part of the world but private firms implement the project and government only supervises the project work.

Kaminzada

further added that it would have been better if the government would award the

project to a private construction firm through an open bidding process which

would create work opportunities to private firms that have invested millions of

Afghanis.

Mohammad

Mohaqiq, the second deputy chief executive of unity government and member of

presidential electorl team led by Mohammad Haneef Atmar also reacted to the

award and inauguration of the project.

He told

Khaama Press that the award of the project to a governmental enterprise without

considering the procurement law of Afghanistan is a step against the law which

has political objectives to embezzle the national funds.

Mohaqiq

further added that such projects in which legal issues are not considered, only

serves the interests of the involved individuals who are acting from behind the

scenes.

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