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Parliamentary Training Program

Parliamentarians discuss privatization and its impact on economic development with members of the National Assembly.

CIPE’s seminar program for policymakers strengthens the policy process in Afghanistan by building the capacity of the National Assembly.  CIPE provides focused seminars for members of the Economic and Budget Commissions in the upper and lower houses, women members of the parliament, and legislative aides. Training session topics included good democratic governance, market economy, combating corruption, budgeting and financial management, taxation, and the informal economy.  More than 20 women, 50 legislative aides, and a dozen members of the Economic and Budget Commission participated in CIPE’s seminars.

The seminars have led to many of the parliamentarians CIPE has worked with to become more active and effective parliamentarians either through their involvement in evaluating the substance of legislation before the parliament or in conducting oversight over the line ministries.

After attending CIPE’s training seminar on corruption, Mr. Mohamaddin Hamdard, Deputy Chairman of the Economic and Budget Commission of the Upper House aggressively pursued anti-corruption initiatives.

“I am a medical doctor by profession and serve as a member of the Economic Commission. In order to effectively contribute to the commission, I really need to increase my knowledge in very crucial economic issues. I am confident that this training will further empower me to make informed decisions on economic policies and relevant legislation.”

Dr. Fatima Aziz, Member of Parliament

Mr. Hamdard and the members of the Economic Commission summoned the Ministry of Finance and the Deputy Minister for Customs Affairs to discuss rampant corruption in customs.  The Commission encouraged a review of hiring practices in the Customs Office.

Mr. Abdul Wahab Efran, head of the Economic Commission of the Upper House, participated in CIPE’s seminar on competition, hoarding and monopoly. Following the seminar, Mr. Efran advocated strongly for anti-monopoly legislation. His efforts led to the Ministry of Commerce to draft an anti-monopoly bill that was passed in October 2012.

The National Assembly has been increasingly active in its responsibility of government oversight.  This role is crucial to both building capabilities within the National Assembly and to ensuring some accountability within the government ministries.  CIPE’s program to provide training to members of the National Assembly is vital to encouraging and enabling parliamentarians to assert their authority over the line ministries.