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Corruption threatening Afghanistan’s self-reliance: EU

Corruption threatening Afghanistan’s self-reliance: EU

Apr 16, 2017 - 13:35

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Lunching its third them of 2017 anticorruption campaign which is focusing on prevention of corruption in Afghanistaninfo-icon, the European Union (EU) in a statement on Sunday said it believed in new generation of the war-torn country with new attitude.

The EU termed corruption as a threat for Afghanistan’s self-reliance and stressed the need for its elimination citing President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani who earlier said: “The hope lies with the new generation of young Afghans who want to break away from the culture of patronage and corruption.”

"The fight against corruption has to be fought in multiple arenas at the same time. Alongside ending impunity we need to do more to prevent corruption. Fighting corruption must be fought from the top will need support from below by the Afghan people,” the statement said

Critical media and civil societyinfo-icon organisations can play a key role by holding public officials accountable'" says European Union Special Representative if Afghanistan, Ambassador Franz-Michael Mellbin.

The Government must make sure that proper integrity measures for the civil service employees are introduced, that robust oversight mechanisms were in place and that there was transparency into the work of the public administration.

"Prevention is also more educationinfo-icon and about giving Afghans – also in the rural areas – better tools to report corruption without having to fear repercussions. Good things are happening, but more is needed to empower the fight against corruption. A strong implementation of the Access to Information Law must be given priority" states Ambassador Mellbin.



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