The Report of the Meeting of the Council of Ministers

The Meeting of the Council of Ministers was held under the chairmanship of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan at the Sepidar Palace.

The Chief Executive, in his preliminary remarks, condemned the attack on Hindu and Sikhs citizens, saying that attacking on religious minorities is an unforgivable crime. Hindu citizens have played a key role in development and growth of the country and they are the symbol of cultural diversity in our society. The Chief Executive directed the security forces not to hesitate any action for ensuring security of the citizens of Hindu and Sikh.

Dr. Abdullah pointed to the recent events and said, “Peace is aspiration of all the people of Afghanistan. The ceasefire was welcomed by all people but the way of cease-fire announcement and what happened caused some problems from which we must learn lessons and prevent it from happening in the future”.

The Chief Executive reiterated that before the ceasefire was announced, it was required that clear guidelines were given to the security forces, and extensive consultations were made. The government stayed committed to the ceasefire, but the Taliban rejected continuation of the cease-fire.

Dr. Abdullah said that the issue of safe areas for the Taliban raised by some parties, but rejected by the government and the Afghan people. Announcement of safe areas for terrorists who organize terrorist operations against the Afghan people is not logical. Afghanistan is a safe home for all those who want to live in peace.

Pointing to Brussels Conference, the Chief Executive said presence of NATO members and their contribution to Afghanistan in the form of Resolute Support Forces will be decided at Brussels Conference in which leadership of the National Unity Government would attend.

Dr. Abdullah also said, “During recent weeks, we witnessed serious developments in the country. We hope that for realization of any program and achieving peace and better governance, unity and convergence will be taken into consideration. Fair dealing with cases would provide the ground for unity; otherwise, the words will remain only for the slogan”.

The Chief Executive congratulated Acting Ministers of Information and Culture, Urban Planning and Housing on their new responsibilities.

Then, officials from the Ministry of National Defense and Interior Affairs reported on the security situation in the country.

According to security agencies’ report, security forces’ operations have been resumed in various parts of the country and in previous week, 410 enemies were killed as a result of the security forces' operation.

Also, security officials provided information on the security of voter registration centers and transfer of sensitive electoral materials.

The Chief Executive inquired about power outage in the capital and some provinces. The head of Breshna Company said that problem of power outage would soon be resolved in Kabul.

Then, according to the agenda, deputy to the Chief Executive reported on the final plan for reform in the prison for the next four years.

In the plan for reform in the prison, 13 challenges have been identified, and resolutions have been anticipated. Increasing budget of the prison as well as its personnel has been proposed in the plan as one of the solutions.

The Chief Executive, calling reform in the prison a serious need, gave the necessary direction to implement the reform plan.

Then, the Ministry of Economic presented a report on implementation of strategic plan to increase capacity building in the ministries and government departments in the first quarter of fiscal solar year of 1397 and to report on development projects with high social impact.

According to the report of the Ministry of Economic, implementation of small projects of capacity building in a number of institutions has brought about positive changes.

Then, the Ministry of Finance provided information on consumption of regular and development budget of the government departments. According to the report, until the 9th of Saratan (July) of the current fiscal year, a total of 362.7 billion AFNs were allocated for regular and development budget, accounting for 92% of the budget, out of which 151.9 billion AFNs was consumed which accounts for 39% of the budget.

Compared to the previous year, percentage of budget consumption in the ministries and government departments has increased.

The Chief Executive, after listening to the report, directed the ministers and officials in the government departments to monitor closely the budget consumption in order to avoid the problem of determining next year's budget.

Then, the Minister of Communication and Information Technology reported on draft of e-governance strategy.

The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has developed a strategy for computerizing the system in government institutions that will be implemented by 2022.

According to the report of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, the financial system, human resources, program and project management and logistics in eight ministries will be computerized in 2018.

According to the officials from Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, distribution of passports would be done online and its process would be started soon.

The Chief Executive called the work done by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology comprehensive and praised its activities.

According to the agenda, the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation reported on the transport policy.

The Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation spoke about importance and necessity of the transport policy, saying that this is not the final draft and requires more work to be done.

The transport policy has proposed some solutions to improve the systems of air transport, rail and land transport.

The Chief Executive said that aspects of this policy should be discussed among sectors of the Ministries of Public Welfare, Urban Planning, Transport, Independent Directorate of Local Governance, Commerce and Industry, Civil Aviation and Economic.

Further, the Chief Executive asked Environmental Protection Agency to provide information on rumors about Panjshir River’s pollution.

The head of Environmental Protection Agency said he had sent a technical team to the site. The initial technical investigation shows that no poison has been detected in Panjshir River.