Civil society raises concerns over the nomination of the Governor of the Da Afghanistan Bank and his questionable actions following his nomination
June 27, 2020 Kabul—A number of Afghan civil society organizations have raised a number of concerns over the nomination of Ajmal Ahmadi as Governor of Da Afghanistan Bank or the Central Bank. Ajmal Ahmadi was formerly Minister of Commerce and close aide to the President. The civil society organisations also raised questions about his recent actions in removing a deputy governor of the Da Afghanistan Bank before his own nomination has been confirmed by Parliament.Civil Society believes that the Governor of Da Afghanistan Bank should be an apolitical candidate and every effort should be made to protect the independence of the Bank. Sayed Ikram Afzali, Executive Director of Integrity Watch, stated, “The recent nomination for the Governor of Da Afghanistan Bank is political and is therefore extremely questionable.” Central Banks, as regulatory bodies can only function properly if they are independent of political interference. “The Government must ensure independence of Da Afghanistan Bank by making nonpolitical appointments to the Bank,” he added.Civil Society believes that there should be an independent, transparent & proper process for the appointment of the Governor of Da Afghanistan Bank. Najiba Ayubi, Head of Killid Group, stated, “The current Acting Governor of Da Afghanistan Bank does not meet the requirements of the law.” Based on Article 10 of Da Afghanistan Bank Law a person who is appointed as governor of the bank should be a citizen of Afghanistan, known for his/her integrity, have relevant experience, does not have membership of any other financial institution, and is not a member of the cabinet of the ministers or parliament. She questioned if these conditions were examined & satisfied before the nomination was made by the President.The decision by the newly nominated Governor to remove a Da Afghanistan Bank deputy is questionable. Khalil Raufi, coordinator of Civil Society and Human Rights Network, stated, “An acting governor should not take major decisions until he receives a vote of confidence by Parliament.” Article 64(11) of the Constitution stipulates that the president has the authority to “Appoint the Ministers, the Attorney General, the Head of Da Afghanistan Bank, the National Security Director as well as the Head of the Red Cross with the endorsement of the House of People, and their dismissal and acceptance of resignation.” He stated, “There is no provision in the Constitution which allows the President to appoint an acting governor of Da Afghanistan Bank.”

Abdul Waheed Farzayee, senior member of the Afghan Lawyers Union, stated, “The process for the removal of the deputy governor is questionable.” According to the second deputy governor, he is not still aware of the allegations against him. Mr. Farzayee explained that according to article 20 (5) of Da Afghanistan Bank the second deputy governor should be given a chance to defend himself. Furthermore, the first deputy has also questioned the process of decision making at the High Council of Da Afghanistan Bank since he was asked to leave the meeting after which the decision to remove the second deputy governor was taken. Mr. Farzayee emphasized that the due process should be followed while making a decision in a public office.

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Note to the Editors

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  • Established in 2010, Civil Society Joint Working Group (CSJWG) has more than 1300 members all across Afghanistan. CSJWG is known as the largest cooperation platform of Afghan civil society groups.
  • Governance and Anti-Corruption Committee is one of the committees of CSJWG and comprises the following members: 1)  Kilid Group 2) Integrity Watch 3) Afghanistan Justice Organization 4) Afghanistan Lawyers Union 5) Afghanistan Democracy and Development Organization 6) Afghanistan Public Policy and Research Organization 7)Equality for Peace and Democracy Organization 8) Afghan Coordination Against Corruption Organization 9)Afghanistan Independent Bars Association 10) Women and Peace Studies Organization 11) Afghan Amputee Bicyclists for Rehabilitation and Recreation 12) Women’s Capacity Building and Development Organization 13) Feminine Solidarity for Justice Organization 14) Development and Support of Afghan Women and Children Organization 15) Development and humanitarian service for Afghanistan 16) Da Qanoon Ghoshtonki 17) Afghanistan Civil Society Forum 18) CORE 19) Afghan NGOs Coordination Bureau