Petraeus issues guidance for Afghan contracting

Last Updated: Monday, September 13, 2010 - 00:28

Kabul: The NATO command has issued new
guidelines for awarding billions of dollars worth of
international contracts in Afghanistan, saying that without
proper oversight the money could end up in the hands of
insurgents and criminals, deepen corruption and undermine
efforts to win the loyalty of the Afghan people at a critical
juncture in the war.

The guidance, issued last week by Gen. David Petraeus and
obtained Sunday by The Associated Press, was issued in
response to concern that the military`s own contracting
procedures could be, in some cases, running counter to efforts
on the battlefield.

The changes are aimed, in large part, at addressing
complaints that ordinary Afghans have seen little change in
their daily lives despite billions poured into their country
since 2001.

"With proper oversight, contracting can spur economic
development and support the Afghan government and NATO`s
campaign objectives," Petraeus wrote in a two-page memorandum.
"If, however, we spend large quantities of international
contracting funds quickly and with insufficient oversight, it
is likely that some of those funds will unintentionally fuel
corruption, finance insurgent organisations, strengthen
criminal patronage networks and undermine our efforts in
Afghanistan."

PTI



First Published: Monday, September 13, 2010 - 00:28
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