PRESIDENT’S WORDS

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The people of Afghanistan will witness the fundamental reforms in education sector that they are seeking for. I call upon all people of Afghanistan to initiate National Education Assembling across the country.

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ARG HISTORY

Kabul, a city of ancient history which had been a home for kings and crowns. In the past, a wall, which still its remainders exist, enclosed the city with six entrance gates. Each of the doors were known with a certain name…

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Pilot Plan for Distribution of Electronic ID Cards to Be Prepared Next Week

On Saratan 4, 1394 (June 25,2015), President Ghani met Minister of Interior, Minister of Telecommunications, delegates from the European Union, United Nations, Independent Elections Commission, USAID, GIZ and other representatives and advisors from international organizations to discuss distribution of electronic ID cards.
During the session, President Ghani asked the participants to present their pilot plan for distribution of electronic ID cards within a week. The participants restressed on importance of the pilot phase’s implementation and emphasized to start the pilot phase before distribution process of electronic ID cards. In this phase, major challenges and their solutions are identified, and an action plan for electronic ID cards distribution is implemented all over the country.

International experts and technical advisors stated that storage of electronic ID cards’ data, power and internet facilities and system capacity be experimented during this phase to ensure that data are not lost in case of system and facilities’ failure.

While expressing gratitude for the views and recommendations from the participants and technical advisors, President Ghani stated that the distribution of electronic ID cards is effective for transparency in the elections. He mentioned that the work plan for distribution of electronic ID cards be prepared and shared with him within a week. The president added that the pilot plan will initially be implemented in Kabul city, and emphasized on strict monitoring of electronic ID cards’ distribution process.
On Sawr 2, 1394 (April 22, 2015), a meeting  was held at Administrative Office of the President among Director General of Administrative Office of the President, Mr. Abdul Salam Rahimi; Advisor of the President, Dr. Abdul Qader Wadaan; Advisor of the President, Dr. Ajmal Ahmadi;  Advisor to CEO, Mohammad Qurban Haqju; Technical Deputy of Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Aimal Marjan; Member of Upper House, Faisal Sami; Representatives from the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Interior, Independent Election Commission, Da Afghanistan Bank; Mr. William Hammink; Director of USAID; delegates from the German Embassy, the United Nations, GIZ, European Union, IOM and World Bank in regards to establishing board of e-banking through mobile, use of electronic IDs in the upcoming elections, and accelerating the process and distribution of electronic IDs based on supports from the Administrative Office of the President. In the meeting session, a coherent system was developed as a base to create coordination among various organizations in order to foster transparency and convenience in the process of electronic IDs’ distribution, use of electronic IDs in the upcoming elections and e-banking through mobile. 

To maintain security and transparency in the upcoming elections, distribution of electronic ID cards is crucial and necessary. The distribution of IDs were expected to begin two years ago, however, it has not started yet. Following establishment of the National Unity Government, the Population Registration Act was approved by President Ghani and endorsed by two Houses of the Parliament on Qaws 9, 1393 (Nov 30,2014).
In regards to the Population Registration Act, the President stated that statistics constitutes the base of a country’s planning and without accurate population figures, planning, allocation of resources, delivery of services and balanced growth, a country confronts challenges and problems. He added that this Act is an important step towards the process of electronic ID cards, which is a major and primary requirement of Afghan people.
The president is committed and affirmed that electronic ID cards are necessary for ensuring transparency in the upcoming elections. Therefore, major and potential risks during the implementation process will be assessed and a comprehensive plan will be prepared to address the risks.