Ministry of Economy director’ recruitment through CBR: bringing positive changes

April 2017
The Ministry of Economy is one of the key ministries. The ministry is responsible for the economic activities, progresses and general economic issues of the country and a number of other relevant duties. Developing policies, evaluating development plans and programs at the national level, coordination of economic and social plans and monitoring and evaluation of developmental plans implementation are the main obligations of the Ministry of Economy.
The Ministry of Economy thrives to recruit experienced and learned individuals and has chosen the CBR Program for filling the key positions. The Ministry of Economy has recruited a large number of youth through the CBR Program.
The Ministry of Economy was included in the CBR Program on 1394/5/24 in line with the decision of the Steering Committee. It was decided that 80 posts should be filled through CBR. The Directorate of NGOs is one of these posts. Unfortunately, there were some shortcomings in the work of this directorate. With the passage of time and implementation of the CBR Program, the practices of this directorate are changing. A person by the name of Ahmad Riaz Seddiqi was recruited as the Director of the Directorate of NGOs 7 months ago. Mr. Riaz has done his master’s in Business Administration from India. Mr. Riaz, who serves as the Director of NGOs, says that CBR differs from other Afghan programs and is truly transparent. What will remain in Afghanistan as a result of the implementation of CBR is the recruitment of qualified youth in key posts. These qualified youth will bring about positive changes at the country level.
When Mr. Seddiqi assumed his job, he developed three and six month’s plans. Then, for the first time, the annual report of the Directorate of NGOs was prepared in four months. Mr. Riaz completed the annual report of 1394. According to this report, 820 million USD was spent in the health, education, agriculture and social services sectors. Of this sum, 71% was spent by the international and 29% was spent by the local NGOs.
Amendment of the NGOs Law is one of his other achievements. In addition, he has created a website. NGOs can register online and will submit their activity reports online in the near future. On the day of distribution of licenses, a presentation is given to the recipients of licenses so that they do not face problems.
Before Mr. Seddiqi took up as the Director of NGOs, licenses were issued individually, but now they are issued collectively. In 1394, 2,300 NGOs were registered. In 1395, this number increased.
Mr. Seddiqi says that the CBR Program recruits eligible individuals. When anyone is covered under this process, he/she will obtain full information about the transparency of CBR. He added that he wants to fill the positions of the Directorate of NGOs to the possible extent through the CBR Program.
On the other hand, women also have a role in the economy of the country and will prove much useful in the NGOs. Although women are facing a lot of problems, they still can advance. Kubra Tawasuli is a woman who has been employed through CBR as the Director of Projects in the Ministry of Economy. She comes from Ghor province and has done her bachelor’s in economics from Iran. She has received her master’s in economics from India. She has made a great deal of achievements. Before her taking over as the Director of Projects, 24 developmental projects would be designed in one year while now 24 projects have been designed only in four months.
The 1396 plan has been developed and based on this plan, work is being done. Mrs. Tawasuli says that through this transparent program many women should be recruited and attention should be paid to their capacity building. She added that the difference of CBR Program with other programs is that it overlooks nationality, tribe, language and race and gives priority to competence, talent and eligibility.