• publish: 26 October 2015
  • time: 10:47 pm
  • category: Economy
  • No: 1902
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Ministry of Finance:

Revenue collection has been unprecedented this year

The Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi, who was summoned to the Wolesi Jirga (the Lower House of Parliament) on Monday, said revenue collection this fiscal year has been the highest in the past decade and that government collected Afs94 billion to date.

He said that it is expected that at least Afs20 billion more will be collected by the end of this year.

He said that more than 60 percent of the normal budget and 35 percent of the development budget was collected in the first nine months of the current fiscal year and it is expected that over 90 percent of the normal budget and over 65 percent of the development budget will be spent by the end of this year.

“Our income over the past nine months has been unprecedented – compared to that of the past decade. We earned Afs94 billion in this period and this amount will increase to Afs114 until the end of this fiscal year,” Hakimi told lawmakers.

The minister however faced criticism by MPs’ over corruption in customs offices, collection of illegal income, lack of reforms in customs and the appointment of a number of some members of a family in the ministry.

“What is the difference between revenue collection based on the law and a thief? The revenue that you [the Finance Ministry] is collecting is not in favor of the people and it is illegal,” said Abdulhafiz Mansur, an MP.

Raising the same issue, Rahman Rahmani an MP from Balkh, said: “You [the Finance Ministry] have appointed members of one family in customs offices, and you have allocated a high amount for former President [Hamid] Karzai’s office. These are the issues that are against the law.”

The session however was interrupted after a number of MPs were not allowed by the speaker to raise questions with the Finance Minister.

The Finance Minister meanwhile rejected the issue that nepotism is rife within the ministry, adding that he was unaware about the allocation of the high budget to the former president’s office.

“If you find such an issue that members of one family have been appointed in the ministry, show me and I will stand beside you. I am not aware about the allocation of money to Karzai’s office. His expenses are provided by the Presidential Palace Administrative Affairs Directorate,” he added.

The Finance Minister said that the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, the U.S, the European Union and other countries have pledged millions of dollars in aid to Afghanistan and that there will be two international sessions on Afghanistan in Poland and Belgium in coming years.

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