Afghanistan’s Government offices is not yet the Norm
Finance is the Backbone of any Country’s Economy
It is very important for it to be transparent and credible so that citizens as well as donors feel committed to the development process.
With this in mind, we decided to implement the Afghanistan Financial Management Information System (AFMIS) and Standard Integrated Government Tax Administration System (SIGTAS), with the help of the Public Financial Management Reform (PFMR), a project implemented by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) with support from the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF). SIGTAS was also supported through the ARTF Incentive Program.
Since 2007, when we started using AFMIS, we have been able to manage and execute budget-related activities, collect revenue, and pay salaries on time. A computerized system, AFMIS enables multiple users to access financial information and records, whenever and wherever they want. This was not possible with manual records.
Given the success of AFMIS, we also implemented SIGTAS in our revenue office in 2016. This system has really helped us. Earlier, with manual entries, the revenue department used to struggle with incorrect entries and this would lead to reporting delays. I remember we used to have to deal with a huge number of disorganized documents from our archives even for simple things. It took up so much time to search for one document.
As a result, tax collection in the province has improved. For example, in 2016, our target was 1.230 billion afghanis (about $14.8 million) but for the first time in more than 10 years, we collected 1.233 billion afghanis, 3 million more than our target. We have benefited from having met our target as the government is paying more attention to the province. For instance, the government has invested more than $10 million in solar power in the province, which will provide more opportunities for development and businesses to grow. Indeed, the tax administration systems have enabled progress toward a more efficient and transparent future.
Indeed, the tax administration systems have enabled progress toward a more efficient and transparent future.
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