Introduction of the National Procurement Authority (NPA)


After the formation of the National Unity Government, one of the reform agenda envisioned is to foster institutional reform in public procurement in order to provide better services through an effective, efficient and transparent procurement system. The aim for the reform is to boost economic growth, effective control of financial expenditure and root out corruption as well. As an initial essential step towards this reform, H.E the President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan issued decree No.16, dated 20/7/1393 for establishment of the National Procurement Authority within the structure of Administrative Office of the President. The duties and responsibilities of former Procurement Policy Unit (PPU), Contract Management Office (CMO) and the Afghanistan Reconstruction and Development Services (ARDS) have been entitled to National Procurement Authority. Similarly, later issued legislatives decree No.60, dated 21/11/1393 and decree No. 72, dated 13/12/1393, based on which the former Special Procurement Commission has been restructured to National Procurement Commission chaired by H.E. the President, with H.E. the Chief Executive Officer, H.E. Second Vice President, H.E. the President's Senior Advisor for Infrastructure Affairs and Ministers of Finance, Justice and Economy as its members. The National Procurement Authority has four directorates under its structure and they are below (a) Procurement Policy Directorate (b) Procurement Facilitation Directorate (c) National Procurement Commission Secretariat Directorate (d) Contracts Implementation Monitoring Directorate.
National Procurement Authority (NPA) has the following vision, mission, principles and objectives in order to achieve its target easily.


To institutionalize transparency, efficiency, effectiveness, fairness and accountability within the procurement system ensuring compatibility with internationally acceptable standards and best practices.


To strengthen public procurement by incorporating a robust legal and regulatory framework, procedures, policy instruments and mechanisms for increased capacity, visibility, accountability and public confidence through adoption of technological advances for the effective and efficient management of public resources that will foster economic growth.


The National Procurement Authority (NPA) sets six following principles for the Afghanistan procurement to be based on:

1 Transparency & Accessibility
  All procurement rules, regulations, conditions, procedures and processes must be accessible, clear and transparent to facilitate better understanding among suppliers and contractors as well as the public procurement personnel.
2 Accountability
  Procurement must act as the most critical mechanism for accountability in order to create and maintain public confidence in government.
3 Zero-Tolerance for Corruption
  Any government procurement personnel or private sector entities associating with corruption will be barred from procurement and will be introduced to legal authorities for prosecution without any exceptions.
4 Value for Money
  Public resources spent by government through procurement must obtain best value for money in terms of quality, quantity, time, price and source.
5 Open And Fair Competition
  All eligible bidders participating in the procurement process must be given fair and equal opportunities through government procurement processes without any kind of discrimination.
6 Fair Dealing
  All bids are assessed and evaluated fairly in accordance with the Afghanistan Procurement Law, rule, regulations, policies and procedures.


1 To establish an efficient center-led procurement system at national and local levels
2 To introduce policies and procedures for public expenditure through development of a robust, reliable and effective procurement system
3 To review, propose and set threshold-levels for procurement entities according to national policies for budget-authority of local and central government bodies
4 To support procuring entities in increasing their budget execution rates
5 To establish an internationally acceptable singular procurement system that can serve the government as well as donor agencies and non-governmental organizations
6 To increase data collection and analysis through development of Procurement Management Informational System (PMIS)
7 To introduce Electronic Procurement system with government initiatives.
8 To reduce bias, corruption, personal favoritism, nepotism and fraud in the procurement departments of the public sector entities.
9 To introduce and implement an effective monitoring and reporting system
10 To implement a system of control and accountability
11 To unify and streamline procurement procedures, policies, documentation and contract options
12 To establish a dispute resolution and arbitration mechanisms
13 To enhance procurement efficiency through consolidated contract performance management
14 To have better control on vital and large turnkey and national contracts
15 To eradicate duplication in application of the procurement system

The National Procurement Authority (NPA) also acts as the Secretariat for the National Procurement Commission (NPC).