Ghani says Afghanistan witnessing change of culture

Monitoring Desk

KABUL: Afghan President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani has said that Afghanistan was witnessing a changing culture with the success of criteria over relations.

President Ghani was addressing a ceremony on Saturday to mark the introduction of the heads of trade attaches, procurement agencies, the nature and development of new programmes of change in the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission and inauguration of the new building for the commission. The leadership of the commission presented a report to the president about the achievements of a new programme under the title of change.

The president lauded the proposal about comprehensive reforms, effective spending in agencies and expedited steps in economic development. The president inaugurated the new building for the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission. He also visited various sectors of the commission. Head of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission Ahmad Nadar Nadari was accompanying the president. Later, he attended a ceremony held to introduce new heads of commercial attaches and chairmen of procurement departments in various government agencies.

Head of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission, Ahmad Nadar Nadari presented a comprehensive report about the achievements of the commission in the past one year. He said the agencies of Afghanistan should strive for stability. The goal could only be achieved by a neutral, non-political and efficient agency, which is standing on outcome and surround the masses. The appointment of commercial attaches had been done under a transparent process, he said. For the first time, he said women were recruited in these teams. The appointment of the attaches was not made on the basis of political gifts rather they were the efficient and competent employees of Afghanistan outside the country.

President Ghani said they were witnessing a change of culture in Afghanistan. He went on to say that they lauded the success of criteria over relations every day. Addressing the newly appointed commercial attaches, the president said each of them would go to a country to represent Afghanistan as an administrative unit coming out of war.  He said the responsibility of the commercial attaches was to ensure trade growth, remove hurdles and utilize existing opportunities. He stressed that criteria should rule over relations. On the same level, he said it would maintain national unity and trust between the government, nation, society and private sector.