Afghanistan’s Ministry of Mines said Sunday that it will make all its contracts signed with private companies public in a bid to provide more government transparency and accountability.
Contracts signed over the past 11 years will be uploaded to the website and any contracts signed in the future will be made public within three days.
Minister of Mines Wahidullah Shahrani said that following this move, the contents of all the government contracts will not be considered confidential and all new contracts will be released to the public within 72 hours of signing the contract.
“We are trying to provide people the contents of the contracts to provide more transparency and accountability. We will even try to release the contents through print media,” said Shahrani.
In addition to the push towards transparency, Shahrani said there will be more supervision from international auditors and civil society organs from the start of contract bidding in order to ensure the process is fair and fully accountable.