Taliban Leader Creates ‘National Procurement Commission’

The Taliban leader has created a new procurement agency titled “National Procurement Commission” under the leadership of the group’s deputy Prime Minister, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, to ensure transparency and effective services for the group’s government.

Office of the Taliban’s deputy Prime Minister said in a statement issued on Tuesday, December 13, that the commission is created following a decree of the group’s leader, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzadah.

The commission is created to ensure transparency, provide effective services, offer procurement solutions, and organize procurement activities, according to the statement.

This commission is expected to hold its first meeting today, December13.

“Deputy Finance and economy ministers and head of the Office of Administrative Affairs are members of the commission,” the Taliban-run Bakhtar News Agency said about the members of this newly established commission.

There is also a procurement authority officially titled National Procurement Authority (NPA) operating under the incumbent Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

The Authority is mainly assigned to arrange state procurement services for government entities.