KABUL – Afghanistan is making vast inroads to root out corruption, improve the management of its public finance, and make its procurement system more transparent, finds the 2016 Annual Performance Assessment Report, which evaluates the timeliness and quality of services provided by government personnel.
The report named the National Procurement Authority (NPA) the top performer among 19 directorate generals and 63 teams, covering the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and two agencies, NPA and Afghanistan Extractives Industries Transparency (AEITI). The assessment pointed to the culture of performance emerging in NPA.
“There is a good spirit in the workplace and all NPA teams work for a common vision to make the national procurement sector free of corruption,” says Mohamad Sohail Kaakar, Director for strategic communication and integrity at NPA. NPA has an energetic team with experience in working with many national and international organizations. This background has enabled them to establish a professional environment inside the authority.
As Deputy Finance Minister Khalid Payenda says that “most NPA employees are experienced and highly educated young people. They have good coordination with each other, resulting in a professional environment and great teamwork.” He believes the NPA team is made up of valuable professionals working toward the government’s vision to improve public procurement and combat corruption.
“Our focus is on results,” says Sohail Kaakar, “and as we have traveled a long way to reach where we are now, it keeps us motivated and gives us the diligence to work to institutionalize reforms.”
The 2016 Annual Performance Assessment Report was conducted in two phases.
First, teams conducted a self-assessment against 2016 activities from their Five-Year Fiscal Performance Improvement Plan, which supports the government in reaching its goals of sustainable government finances and self-reliance.
Then, the self-assessments were validated by a team from the Performance Management and Public Expenditure Reforms Unit, formerly PM&PER, which operates under the MoF and works with MoF teams and agencies to develop five-year rolling plans that reflect international benchmarks.