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National Procurement Commission Approves Eleven Contracts
The meeting approved 11 contracts worth Afs.1.834 billion ($ 29.1 million) from Ministries of Defense, Higher Education, Finance, Public Works, Counter Narcotics, and National Directorate of Security, Breshna Electricity Company and Kabul Municipality, and deferred some others for further investigation to the next meeting.

The contracts approved includes designing, equipping and expansion of Chemtala power sub-station; construction of treatment center for drug abusers in Nangarhar province; food distribution for teaching hospitals and central dormitories; food supply to Maiwand 203 Army Corps; fuel for National Directorate of Security and Finance Ministry; passport printing; occupancy fees and repair and maintenance of Maidan-Bamyan road.

President Ghani instructed relevant ministries to exercise a careful oversight of the implementation of the projects and regularly report to the NPC on the progress.

Since its beginning, the National Procurement Commission has approved 230 contracts worth Afs.46 billion.

The meeting was attended by the Second Vice-President Mohammad Sarwar Danish, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and the Ministers for Finance, Economy and Justice.
National Procurement Commission Approves Four Contracts
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani chaired the regular meeting of National Procurement Commission in Arg, where four contracts were approved.

The Commission reviewed 13 contracts from Ministries of Energy and Water, Finance, Public Works, Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Foreign Affairs and Counter Narcotics, Kabul Municipality and Breshna Electricity Company. After a thorough review, the meeting approved four contracts, worth Afs.2,414 million (US$ 38,317,460).

The meeting also approved amendments proposed for 5 contracts, rejected one contract and deferred 3 for technical modification and postponed one for the next meeting.

Also discussed in the meeting was the pavement work for the 2nd phase of streets in Kabul’s district 8th and the construction of a road in Greshk district in Helmand province.

Since its beginning, the National Procurement Commission has held 18 meetings where 250 contracts worth Afs.43.7 billion have been approved.

The meeting was attended by the Second Vice-President Mohammad Sarwar Danish, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and the Ministers for Finance, Economy and Justice.
President Ghani: Pilot Phase of E-Tazkera distribution to Begin
A meeting chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani discussed various aspects of electronic-Tazkera or ID distribution.

President Ghani termed the pilot phase of e-Tazkera distribution as a good opportunity to identify the technical problems of this national process, and stressed that the process should begin.

Homayon Mohtat, the Head of e-Takera Department briefed the President on the preparations for distribution of e-Takeras, and said that the pilot phase is designed to begin at 8 registration centers and 24 ministries in Kabul city. Mr. Mohtat assured President Ghani that the problems in e-Tazkera Department have been addressed and that the required capacity for running the project is now in place.

The issue of independence of e-Tazkera Department was also discussed in the meeting.

About the start of the pilot phase on 28 Assad 1394 (19 August 15) that coincides with Afghanistan’s Independence Day, President Ghani said that the entire focus on this day would be on commending and decorating the national defense and security forces.

The meeting urged that since the e-Tazkera distribution is a national process, there should be a separate date for the national process and that would in the coming days to be marked with a magnificent ceremony with participation of political and influential figures and national elders.

The meeting was attended by the Minister of Interior Noor-ul-haq Ulomi, Minister of Communication and Information Technology Abdul Razaq Wahidi and the Presidential Special Representative Dr. Akram Khpelwak.
President Ghani: Kabul Ring Road Significant to Economic Growth
A meeting chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace discussed the construction of Kabul ring road.

At the outset, Minister for Public Works presented the construction plan for Kabul ring road and proposed that a working group made up of representatives from Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Urban Development, Kabul Municipality and Afghanistan Land Authority be set up to further follow up on the implementation of the plan.

The meeting discussed all the technical, economic, security and social aspects of the project and highlighted the responsibilities of the relevant entities.

President Ghani described Kabul ring road not just a road but a strategic urban development project. He continued that public engagement, security, social and environmental impacts of the project, expropriation and infrastructural affairs are all the key issues that need to be considered prior to implementation of this project.

The President called construction of Kabul ring road as significant to economic growth saying that Kabul’s economic future depends on this project.

President Ghani stressed that all concerned government agencies need to prepare a holistic plans in full view of all the important elements of the project including cost estimation, legal aspects, stopping land grabbing, technical issues, infrastructure and sewage system and present the plan in two weeks.

Participants to the meeting included Ministers for Urban Development, Public Works and Transport ministries, Acting Mayor of Kabul Municipality, Commander of Kabul Garrison, former Director General of National Directorate of Security Amrullah Sahel, and a number of other state officials.
National Procurement Commission Approves four Contracts
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, hosted the National Procurement Commission meeting in Arg in which four contracts were approved.

The Commission reviewed 15 contracts from Ministries of Defense, Public Works, Agriculture, Urban Development Affairs, Communication and Information Technology, National Directorate of Security (NDS) and Breshna Electricity Company. The meeting approved four contracts, worth Afs.700360000 (≈USD11,300,000), and deferred the rest for modification and amendment.

President Ghani instructed formulating a technical agreement between Ministries of Communication and Public Works for planning and implementing fiber optic related projects. The President said that construction and technical aspects of these projected should be separated.

President Ghani insisted on thorough review of the contracts of Public Works Ministry, and ordered review and evaluation of all problems related to budget, time and implementation of the on-going projects.

To reduce budget deficit, lower down prices, and increase transparency and quality, the President added that more discussions needs to be done in the Commission.

At the end, President Ghani instructed the ministries whose contracts were approved, to thoroughly oversee implementation of the projects and regularly report to the NPC about the progress.

Second Vice-President Mohammad Sarwar Danish, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and the Ministers for Economics and Justice also attended the meeting.

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