William Byrd, former head of the World Bank, in an article for the United States Institute for Peace (USIP)wrote about the absence of Afghan government from the September 19 meeting in London about Afghanistan. He marked this action of Afghan as its mistake as the government’s absence from such international conference indicates an emerging divide between Kabul and its international partners.
He also writes about Afghan’s constitutional and political structures that probably will change after peace process but the basic functions of fiscal, economic and aid management will remain vital. He suggests a strategic and holistic approach to economic management, development strategy, private sector development, and aid coordination.
“While much ground already has been ceded by the Afghan government, its marginalization can and should be reversed in the near future, the government should stop the apparent politicization of core ministries and agencies and return to a more strategic and holistic approach to economic management, development strategy, private sector development, and aid coordination.”
He writes that “the government’s marginalization, in large part self-inflicted, is a danger to the stabilization and development of Afghanistan. In the interests of Afghans, stability in the region, and US hopes for sustainable peace, this rift in the dialogue on aid needs to be repaired.”
In a recent interview to TOLOnews on Sunday, Byrd said the claim against the current administration that changes in government positions a year ahead of a presidential election is politically motivated.
“I think if it is only one year away from an election, or less than one year away from an election, it doesn’t make much of a point to reshuffle ministers. And, unavoidably, reshuffling and changing acting responsibilities gives the impression that those changes are politically motivated,” he said.
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