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The 100th NPC Meeting presided by the President


Kabul: The National Procurement Commission’s 100th meeting was held at Presidential Palace on Monday evening, May 15, 2017, presided by Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
At this meeting in which the NUG Chief Executive, the Second Vice President, Ministers for Finance and Justice, Acting and Technical Deputy Minister of Economy, National Procurement Authority officials and observers also participated; 5 contracts worth 1.6 billion Afs were approved. Among which, 3 procuring contracts of consulting services were also approved to implement the Citizen Charter’s projects for three years in Zabul, Urozgan, Nuristan, Konar, Laghman, Khost, Nangarhar and Paktia provinces. Also, two other contracts of fuel procurement for Kabul Municipality and connecting line of New Kabul Bank’s central headquarter to its branches; were conditionally approved. In addition to this, NPC approved 25% contract amendment for procuring of foodstuff for Ariana-Afghan Airline. The NPC however returned the design and construction projects of Kilagai Dam in Baghlan and Tangi Shadian Dam in Balkh provinces to ensure and verify the financial documents of the bidding company. It worth mentioning that following the establishment of the National Unity Government (NUG), and subsequently National Procurement Commission (NPC) and National Procurement Authority (NPA) to materialize the systematic reform in public procurement; the NPC has held 100 weekly meeting so far. Among which 97 weekly meetings were routine and 3 of them were emergency meetings. The NPC during this particular period of time, has assessed 2500 contracts and different contract issues that were above the legally specified threshold for procuring entities and out of them NPC has approved more than 2100 projects of different natures which involves various construction, services and goods projects. These projects value7s are approximately 346 billion Afs. The NPC weekly meetings are being regularly monitored by the national and international transparency watchdogs such as; the SIGAR, the Combined Security Transition Command for Afghanistan (CSTC-A) of the Resolute Support, transparency related commissions of the Parliament, the Parliamentary Anti-Corruption Caucus (PACC) and some other civil society organizations. Further to this, as a result of the NPC efforts more the 18 billion Afs is being saved in some of the NPC approved projects and more than 45 billion Afs is prevented from being wasted in the process. The NPC weekly reports and its decisions regarding projects have always been published through print and social media pages of the President’s Office (ARG), and the NPA’s communications channels.