|Project Title: [“Monitoring & Advocacy Initiatives for Enhancing Transparency in MoCIT; A Joint Effort by Civil Society, Parliamentarians and Youths” ]|
|Grant Amount: AFN [3,126,950]
Amount of Cost Share (do not include in grant amount): AFN [21,0000]
|Number of Indirect Beneficiaries:
|Number of Direct Beneficiaries:
|Province(s) Covered: [Kabul]
|Project Start Date: [01.05.2017]
Project End Date: [30.9.2017]
Executive Summary of the Project:
The project “Monitoring & Advocacy Initiatives for Enhancing Transparency in MCIT; A Joint Effort by Civil Society, Parliamentarians and Youths” is a seven months project which will be implemented in Kabul. This project will focus on the collection of 10% telecommunication service tax. As a matter of fact, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MoCIT) has failed to introduce a transparent system for collecting 10% service tax levied on mobile top-up cards, which paves the way for corruption and fraud. According to reports there is millions of dollars corruption and fraud in the collection of 10% telecommunication service tax. And this is all due to lack of a proper and transparent system of the collection of the 10% telecommunication service tax. Though the NUG has a political will to mitigate corruption and has taken several practical steps but they are not enough. The civil society should step in and use its civil rights for tackling such national issues.
This project aims to monitor and report on the collection of 10% telecommunication service tax and also lobby on the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology for developing and introducing a transparent system for the collection of the 10% tax. This is basically a research based advocacy project. In the first one and a half month of the project a research will be conducted to identify the gaps and problems in the current system of collecting the 10% telecommunication service tax and suggesting solutions for fulfilling the identified gaps and shortcomings in the system. Later on an evidence based Advocacy campaign will be launched to pressurize and convince the government to develop a transparent 10% tax collection system. This project will equally benefit both men and women.
AFCAC will use all its resources to achieve the desired results. The key project outcomes will be.
- A Transparent and Improved 10% Telecommunication Service Tax System is developed and introduced by Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.
- The system is Corruption and Fraud Free.
Project Problem Statement:
The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MoCIT) has failed to introduce a transparent system for collecting 10% service tax levied on mobile top-up cards. A well-placed source from MoCIT revealed that the ministry had not yet instituted a system that could ensure transparency of the 10 percent fee collected from mobile phone users on every recharge. There is no proper mechanism and policy to show that how many SIM cards are registered and how many are not registered and how much credit they use.
Officials in Ministry of Finance (MoF) have insisted transparency on credit cards tax collection, saying Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MoCIT) despite of controlling and monitoring the process, they should also launch transparency while collection of credit cards taxes.
Earlier the Independent Joint-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee had declared Ministry of Communication and Information Technology corrupted was saying the following Ministry had failed to implement policy to fight corruption.
Technically, the MoCIT neither had the capacity to manage the collected tax nor much control over the telecommunication companies to assess their operation system in its entirety. According Pashto TV interview with the MoF authorities and ATRA in the last week of January 2017, from the start of Sunbola 1394 till now 5.3 billion AFS have been collected from 10% telecommunication service tax, according to a report 84% of tax has been lost. Approximately, 69.17 billion AFS should have been collected as 10% service tax but only 5.3 billion AFS been collected and the other 63.87 billion AFS are lost. It means that billions of Afghanis are theft and the poor Afghans pay for it. Both men and women are affected by it and it is a national issue. The suspension of the MoCIT Minister was due to corruption which shows that a big problem exists in the collection of 10% telecommunication service tax.
So, there is a strong need to overcome this problem. The Civil Society, Parliament, Youth and other influential figures can and must play a key role to pressurize the government and advocate on MoCIT to develop and introduce a transparent system for collecting the 10% telecommunication service tax.