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AGO Implements Half of MEC Recommendations: Report

AGO Implements Half of  MEC Recommendations: Report

KABUL - The Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) on Sunday said the Attorney General Office (AGO) had so far implemented half of its recommendations in the past one year and the remaining half were being enforced.
MEC was incepted in line with Article 61 of the Constitution and agreement of the president and the international community in 2011. The committee is comprised of six national and international experts.
The committee in its third quarterly report has mentioned progress in implementation of its recommendations and identification of areas vulnerable to corruption in the AGO.
Bari Salaam, MEC head, said they handed over 51 recommendations to the AGO last year in order to bring about reforms and eradicate corruption.
“Of the 51 recommendations, 25 have been implemented, 21 are partially implemented or being implemented, four recommendations witness a partial progress while one is yet to be implemented,” he said.
He said the formation of a five-year strategy, finalization of the conflict of interest form for prosecutors, activating 38 AGO offices in insecure districts of 16 provinces, increase in recruitment of women employees, the increase in presence of women in AGO from three percent to 21 percent and data entry of 5,050 attorney generals’ short bios in the HR system are some of developments in the AGO.
Salam said pressure of powerful individuals and government officials on the Attorney General activities had reduced but concerns in this regard still existed.
AGO spokesman Jamshid Rasouli also acknowledged implementing 25 recommendations of the MEC and said the remaining were being implemented.
He said the MEC in coordination with the AGO had offered 51 recommendations last year to improve work and performance of state institutions.
He, however, said one recommendation of the anti-corruption body was in contradiction of the law and its implantation would be difficult.  (Pajhwok)