IEA establishes national procurement commission

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The current administration in Afghanistan established the National Procurement Commission at the decree of the group’s supreme leader, Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, state-run media reported.

The National Procurement Commission had its inaugural meeting on Tuesday, December 13, according to the state news agency Bakhtar. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the deputy prime minister for economic affairs, presided over the meeting.

The National Procurement Commission, led by Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, seeks to maintain transparency, offer efficient services, resolve procurement-related issues, and coordinate procurement operations.

The deputy ministers of finance and the economy as well as the head of the office of administrative affairs are members of the newly formed commission, albeit its organizational composition has not been brought to light.

This comes as the ousted government of Afghanistan also had a similar agency, the National Procurement Authority (NPA), based on a decree of the then-president Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, under the Administrative Office of the President (AOP).

While floundering with the economic meltdown in Afghanistan, the de facto ruling body in Afghanistan dissolved several ministries and institutions at the beginning of the fiscal year.

Some of the key dissolved institutions of the US-backed government were the Independent Human Rights Commission, National Security Council, High Council for National Reconciliation, and many more.—KP