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Signing a number of new projects contract, Readout
Joint Press Conference
June 15, 2017
Agenda: Signing a number of new projects contract
Speaker (s):
•    Mr. H.E. Sarwar Danish, Second Vice President
•    Mr. Abdullah Habibzai, Acting Mayor of Kabul Municipality
Media Outlets:
•    Live Coverage:
•    Total media: 16 National media (TV, Radio, Print)

Summary:
Today, June 15, 2017, Sixteen road-build projects signed today by Abdullah Habibzai acting mayor of Kabul Municipality in presence of H.E. Sarwar Danish in government media and information center.(GMIC)
Mr. Danish, Second Vice President, after greeting to the audience and thanking to media and to mayor of Kabul Municipality happily graduated to Mr. Habibzai and continued that is working honestly for people and trying to solve the main issues of their lives.
He thanked Mr. Habibzai and the contractors for their sixteen development-projects. He stressed that “it is great that I can see changes and development and also beyond plans it takes action too by him, and I want Mr. Habibzai who is the acting mayor of Kabul Municipality to be the official mayor of KM.”
He said, “Recently Municipality is an official organization that works in every village, city, districts and it is selected by people which we can call the action democracy. Mayor of Municipality has complete responsibility to do the require for people without any discrimination and any corruptions. Moreover; he talked about the insecurity, war, terrorism and other main problems of people which they face in the society as a civilian. ”
He stressed that most of the districts in Kabul are worse than the villages and provinces due to having no standardized roads, lack of electricity, schools, clinics, and healthful water for drinking which are answered from the undertakings.  But the answer of Municipals is that they have no budget. On the other hand, First world countries are using the outputs which they get by people municipals again service the people by that budget.
He listed some main problems of Urban that must be taken serious actions towards them, “professional engineers/responsible must be hired, disabling the bureaucracy system instead of it an electronic system should be used for processing the documents, act trenchantly to corruptions, a remarkable management and organization inside every governmental and non-Gov. organizations, obeying regulations and acting in time and according to condition of people” meanwhile; He wished that after the parliamentary elections, presidential and district councils, municipal elections can be held.
Danish specifically talked about major issues that mayor of Kabul municipality must work on, “main roads must be asphalt in all districts, constricting parks, serious actions for cleaning dusts, transportation for the population which increases, traffic jam, electricity matters, specifies a special bazar for vendors.”
At the end of his speech he asked civil society, Uloma, young generation and every single civic of Kabul that they must not use slogans but act while cooperation with mayor and municipals.
Mr. Habibzai, acting mayor of Kabul municipality thanked second vice president and media for the cooperation.
He started his speech by saying that they have contracted sixteen of road asphalting that contain/cover 285km roads which will be completed and in the last of continued year. He stressed” Kabul metro-bus project will be launched today which starts from Sarai-Shamali along to intersection of Baraki which people can use till the starting of new year.”

Mayor of Kabul municipality stressed,” Six recreational parks will be built in Kabul this year, 10 km of roads in Kabul will be enhanced including with greenery, drawing lines, setting signals, cleaning and lightning, moreover; address finding project in Kabul will be completed this year and will be implemented across the country.”

He said;” Kabul Municipality's revenues have increased more than previous as it was 200,000-300,000AFG and now 3million AFG.”

He talked about the collecting garbage which in previous it was 27% but now it has increased to 49% meanwhile; he stressed it will be 90% in five main districts of Kabul till the last of this year.

Q&A Session:

1. (Reporter) Can you please list the districts of 285km which you said will be constructed?
-   Habibzai, you can take the list from my partner but those districts that I have in my mind are PD13, PD12, PD11, PD4 and…
The weekly Security Coordination Meeting of Afghan Government Spokespersons
The weekly Security Coordination Meeting of Afghan Government Spokespersons from security, political and health sectors held at the GMIC this afternoon.  During this meeting, issues related to improving coordination between spokespersons and to ensure media receives accurate and timely information, were discussed.  GMIC serves as a hub for media and a coordination center for all government communicators, and will make sure there is proper and timely coordination between all spox. In this meeting was attended by spokespersons Palace, CEO, MOI, MOD, NDS, NSA, MFA, IDLG, and MOPH spokespersons.
MOF Press Conference Readout
Agenda: World Bank Incentives to MoF
Speaker (s):
•    Mr. Ajmal Hameed Abdulrahimzai, PR director and spokesperson of Ministry of Finance

Summary:

Mr. Ajmal Hameed Abdulrahimzai, PR director and spokesperson of Ministry of Finance shared the recent achievements of Ministry of Finance with Media during a press conference in Government Media & Information Center (GMIC).

During this conference he said,” Afghan Ministry of Finance had an MoU with the World Bank that if Afghanistan brings essential reforms in MoF, World Bank will fund 900 million dollar incentives during three years, 2016-2018.

Successfully MoF received 189 million USD$ from Word Bank due to bringing key reforms ( income resources, organizational reforms, tax management, aid effectiveness and provincial budgeting) dated yesterday 12 June 2017.  In total off 900 million dollars, MoF has received 550$ million incentives from World Bank so far and it will be continued till late 2018.  Moreover, this fund would be spent on development projects via National budget considering the priorities.

Mr. Abdulrahimzia provided information about Afghanistan’s membership in Afghanistan Infrastructure Investment Bank  (AIIB), revenue collection this year, development budget expenditure, recent achievements of Minister of Finance during his trip to China and Saudi Arabia , the first successful review of IMF three years program. He stressed,” the value of this incentive is the Global Credit which Afghanistan receives. Moreover, it empowers the credit of Afghanistan in the international communities. In addition, by reforming finance and fight against corruptions world can invest in Afghanistan’s Bank.”

Q&A Session:
1. (Reporter) Representatives of Afghanistan have rejected the contract of Alkozai but, MoF have said that these lands were because of incentive. Can you please clear it?
-    Abdulrahimzai, first that this is a new article in Afghanistan that incentives must be used for the success of Afghanistan. Second, working in private sectors means working for Afghanistan’s system and how much we empower this system we empower afghan citizens meanwhile, we can see positive changes. Though Alkozai was a great achievement for the people of Afghanistan by which we could increase the job creation for young generation.

2. (Reporter) You talked about the reforms in Afghanistan but most of the people pretend about the salary system in governmental vocations that it is not equal for all for example it starts from 6000Afg-100,000Afg. Is there any plan for this problem so that bring equal system for the governmental employers?
-   Abdulrahimzai, we have two different system of paying salaries. First, those contracted employers which are paid by donors, budget of the office and second, those empolyers who are paid by Tashkil, which is paid equally to all.
We have thought about it and we are working on two plans. First, we hire and include every employer to Tashkil second; we increase the process of capability or work on CRR which takes more time.  
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MOD Q&A Readout
MG Dawlat Waziri, Spokesperson, MOD
Executive Summary of Q/A Session with Afghan Media Outlets
MG Dawlat Waziri, attended in-person media interviews with selective media outlets at GMIC and answered questions. 

•    How is security condition in Kunduz, do Taliban intensify their insurgency activities?
-   MG Waziri: ANDSF imposed heavy causalities to Taliban insurgents in Kunduz province. Taliban militants have control in two or three districts of Kunduz, but suffered terrible causalities. ANDSF are committed to clear all area from insurgents and terrorist groups.
•    USA is supposed to declare immediate policy on Afghanistan, what is your expectation and what do you want from US government to consider in this regard?
-  MoD authorities want continuing commitments of US government on fighting against terrorism and Taliban militants in Afghanistan. We hope US government will announce its continuance of commitments on supporting Afghanistan government in fighting terrorism and militant groups.
•    What are the finding of the government fact-finding  delegation on 209 Shahen corps, and what did MoD do to prosecute the people involved or neglected?
-    MoD introduced 28 accused officers to judicial entities, the officers were include patrolmen, sergeants and high-ranking officers such as general and colonel. 28 MOD personnel are convicted.  The terror attack of 209 Shahen corps is still under investigation whereas NDS as well carried further investigation on this, and the findings would be release soon. 
•    Do you take any serious action on reports shows the MoD’s death benefits were misused by officials?
-   We don’t have any accurate information to prove this accusation. However we carried out investigation but could not find any facts to prove this.



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Readout of TC3 Press Conference
Topic: Tents set by Demonstrators in Kabul
Speaker (s): Members of Tribal Councils Coordination Center (TC3)
•    Mr. Abdul Khaliq Hussaini Pashaye
•    Gul Mohmmad Irkin
•    Ghulam Sakhi Omidwar
•    Atiqullah Amarkhel
•    Azam Gujurwal
•    Mohammad Salem Hasani
Summary:
Tribal Councils Coordination Center (TC3) press conference regarding the tents set by protestors in Kabul and current situations of the country, held at GMIC today.

The senior members of the councils, who took part in the panel as speaker, were from different tribes of country, such as Turkmen, Pashaye, Hazara, Pashton and Tajik. They expressed their condolence for martyrs of recent violence in the country and wished fast and full recovery for all injured Afghans.

The council discussed the recent violence, protests in Kabul and its consequences. They also supported NUG and ANSF. They also asked government to bring serious reforms in the government, especially in security sector.

Mr. Abdul Khaliq Hussaini, Pashaye, talk about Kabul demonstration and said everyone has the right to protest according to Afghan laws, but important point is these protests should not bother the people or cause problems for their daily activities. he added that there are certain circles inside the government who are not willing to let the country go forward toward prosperity and development. Our request from the government is to remove all these elements. And appoint honest, loyal and well-qualified Afghans in their places. We strongly stand against all elements who want to divide our country by language, race, ethnicity and religion.  He also said that the demonstration and the tents set by the demonstrators have inflicted 30 million dollars losses to the private sector and continues to inflict a loss of two million dollar to the private sector on a daily basis. 

Gul Mohmmad Irkin, Turkmen, member of the council, according to the laws, all citizens have the right to protest, but current situations is worrisome. Demonstrations and protests that harm people and national interests is not acceptable. We urge the government to open dialogues with protestors and respond to their legitimate demands.

Ghulam Sakhi Omidwar, Tajik, another senior member of council emphasized on unity between different tribes in the country. He said that the people of different tribes don’t have any problem with each other, only certain destructive elements want to divide the people. We strongly support our brave national security forces who are fighting against the terrorists around the country.

Recent traffic jam in Kabul city is very disturbing for Kabul citizens, and we ask government to talk with them, we also ask protestor to remove their tents before Eid-ul Fitr and continue their protest using other methods and ways, Mr. Omidwar added.

Civil movements, protest and demonstrations are one of fundamental rights of citizens of the country, said Mr. Atiqullah Amarkhel, Pashton, member of TC3. The enemies are very active nowadays and want to deteriorate the situation and divide the nation. What we need today is to stay together and not let the enemies to harm the people and our national interests. He also said that people enjoy full freedom unless they limit the freedom and liberty of others.  These demonstrations and tents set by the demonstrators are causing numerous problems to people daily life. 

Azam Gujurwal, Gujur, expressed strong support of the government and requested the Afghan media to avoid negativism and instead spread positivism. He also urged the government to bring fundamental reforms in different sectors in order to direct the country toward development and prosperity.

Mohammad Salem Hasani, Hazara, discussed the enemies’ psychological war and how it can affect the citizens. He said that enemies target is not a special tribe; they are enemies of all the people living in Afghanistan, enemies try to relate the terrorist acts to a special tribe, but that’s their propaganda.

The below key messages were communicated:
•    War & insecurity is imposed on Afghanistan by regional intelligence agencies; and it doesn’t have any link to a special tribe.
•    We should be aware of foreign intelligence agencies interference and evil plots
•    We stand against those who try to divide the people of our country.
•     All tribes are victim of current imposed war in AFG; we strongly condemn violence & committed to stand together against it.
•    Afghans are a united nation; no one can divide us by language, ethnicity and tribe
•    We ask the government to seriously fight corruption and bring necessary reforms and changes in security sector.
•    All politicians should tolerate each other and defend public interest, in this situation.
•    We urge the government to take serious actions against those who caused violence in recent protests in Kabul.
•    We don’t want the collapse of the government; instead we support reforms in the system.
•    TC3 is ready to act as mediator between government and protestors.
•    Peaceful demonstration is the right of every Afghan, but shall not harm others.


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