Registering Assets of Government Officials (AF0005)
Action Plan: Not Attached
Action Plan Cycle: 2017
Lead Institution: High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOAC)
Support Institution(s): HR departments within ministries and governmental agencies, CSOs, citizens and media
Policy AreasAsset Disclosure, Capacity Building, E-Government, Public Participation
What is the public problem that the commitment will address?: Based on article 154 of Afghanistan’s Constitution and article 12 of the Law on Overseeing Implementation of Anti-Administrative Corruption Strategy, the HOOAC is obliged to register and publish assets of high-ranking officials. However, a number of officials have not completed their asset declaration forms for registration and publishing.
Incomplete registration process and lack of timely declaration and publication of officials’ assets undermines performance of the government, adversely affects access to information and paves the grounds for administrative corruption.; What is the commitment?: During a consultative meeting with Open Government Partnership-Afghanistan Forum, HOOAC is committed to registering, publishing and reviewing assets of 100 high-ranking officials who have never registered their assets, who have not followed the annual requirements of updating their registered assets, who have not provided adequate information regarding their assets, and those who lack cooperation in the follow up assessment of their registered assets. The above mentioned four broad areas of criteria correspond with the criteria stipulated in the Constitution of Afghanistan as well as article 12 of the Law on Overseeing Implementation of Anti-Administrative Corruption Strategy. This will promote transparency, public access to information and prevent from corruption in the public sector.
For this purpose, the office is intended to hold a joint session with the collaboration of CSOs for prioritizing 100 high-ranking officials whose assets ought to be registered and published in order to register and publish their assets. Implementation of this commitment is expected to increase transparency, enhance citizen’s access to information, prevent from corruption, and eventually promote public trust in the government.; How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?: Registration and publication of high-ranking officials’ assets will decrease grounds for misuse of office and illegal accumulation of assets by government officials. Additionally, the commitment will lead to increase transparency and public access to information.
In order to implement this commitment, HOOAC will prepare a list of high-ranking officials whose assets are not yet registered and published or need to be re-registered. Consequently, the office will complete the process in collaboration with CSOs once the list is prioritized. The office is intended to give a monitoring role to CSOs and media through publishing the list in its official website. It will then organize an awareness-raising session in order to inform the public from high-ranking officials’ assets. Implementation of this commitment will cause a decline in administrative corruption through enhancing transparency, accountability and rule of law.; Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?: This commitment is relevant to three values of Open Government Partnership: people would gain access to information through the publication of high-ranking officials’ declared assets. Public access to such information will ensure and promote transparency in performance of the government. Additionally, implementation of this commitment is made possible through the participation of CSOs, and access to information would enable the general public to hold the government accountable.; Additional information: The required fund for implementing this commitment is provided from the budget of High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption.
This commitment is consistent with Anti-Corruption Strategy.
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