United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan commended the Afghan government’s efforts in addressing corruption in the war-torn country but acknowledged that numerous shortcomings still remaining in this regard.
UNAMA issued its fifth annual report on corruption in Afghanistan and addressing the phenomenon by the Afghan government.
The UNAMA’s report reads that based on the findings, Afghanistan has taken positive steps towards establishing a solid anti-corruption legal framework but added that several defects still remaining in this regard.
The report has covered the period, from January 2020 to May 2021.
As per the report, the ongoing security situation, corona pandemic, and peace process are the main hurdles against the Afghan government’s current efforts in combatting corruption.
The report meanwhile acknowledges that the Afghan government has the potential to continue its efforts of anti-corruption despite the afore-mentioned barriers.
Establishing an Anti-corruption commission by the Afghan government in 2020 is a positive step and the body has the potential to advance anti-corruption efforts providing it remains independent, reads the report.
UNAMA also called on the Afghan government to support media, civil society, and entities working for anti-corruption reforms.
Head of UNAMA and the UN secretary-General’s special representative to Afghanistan Deborah Lyons said that the anti-corruption efforts can further strengthen the legitimacy of the government.
UNAMA has also assured the Afghan government of its support in combatting corruption.