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Harakat Trained Around 30 Judges, Prosecutors And Attorneys In The First Judges Training Programme In Kabul.

Date: 2020-03-20

Following a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Harakat, Da Afghanistan Bank, and Supreme Court in January 2020, Harakat inaugurated the first training on 2nd March 2020. This is the first of the series of 7 trainings that Harakat organise in seven zones in Afghanistan from March 2020 – July 2020. The programme has two components. The first one is to train 240 judges and prosecutors on commercial and financial laws in 34 provinces. This component aims to strengthen the rule of law by improving and enhancing the capacity of judges, prosecutors, and other officers in the justice sector in Afghanistan. It will also help the private sector to reduce the time that takes to resolve a business dispute in commercial courts. Currently, according to the World Bank Doing Business Report, it takes more than 1,600 days to solve a business dispute in commercial courts. The impact of this training will be huge in terms of reducing the time and the cost for the private sector, while dealing with commercial matters, and will improve private sector confidence in commercial courts. The second component of the project is establishing an online portal for the Supreme Court. The portal will be merged with commercial courts, where commercial court’s jurisdictions will be uploaded from all over the country. It aims to enhance transparency on commercial court decisions. Ultimately, it improves private sector awareness and confidence on the commercial court’s decisions. The portal will also provide private sector with real-time information regarding primary and final decisions of commercial cases they have registered. Online publication of commercial court cases will also improve the capacity of courts to utilise evolving technology. More importantly, it will improve the private sector confidence in formal judicial system and will be used as a pressure for the courts to resolve the cases in timely matter as the private sector needs. This project is a combined effort of various government institutions, including Da Afghanistan Bank, Supreme Court, Ministry of Finance, Attorney General Office and Ministry of Interior Affairs. The project costs $300,000 and will be fully funded by Harakat through the Afghanistan Investment Climate Programme, which is co-funded by the UK through the Department for International Development and Kingdom of Sweden through the Swedish International Development Agency. In the inauguration ceremony, Noor Alam Hakimyar, Harakat’s CEO, said, “Considering the importance of this project, we prioritise it under Harakat’s Legal and Regulatory Reform programme pillar. Therefore, we expect each of the participants to take the advantage of this training and make a difference when they go back to their offices.” Dr. Abdullah Attaie, Director of Education of Supreme Court, thanked Harakat for supporting this project and said, “This training brings together judges, prosecutors, and attorneys from different government institutions under one chamber. This will provide a great opportunity for attendees to learn and discuss financial and commercial laws.” After 17 days, the first training, which was held in Kabul on March 2, 2020, ended on March 19, 2020. Around 30 judges, prosecutors and attorneys from Kabul, Punjshir, Kapisa and Parwan attend this training. They were trained to have fully understand of the financial and commercial laws in Afghanistan most of which have been enacted in recent years. Ajmal Daudzai, an attorney and one the participants, thanked Harakat for financially supporting this programme and said, “This training, alongside providing opportunity for capacity building of judges and prosecutors, created harmony among those government institutions that are working on financial and commercial laws.” He also added, “In the training, we had enough time to have deep discussions on each topic.” Massoud Ahmadzai, another participant, said, “Launching this program is a valuable step by Harakat. We appreciate Harakat for this initiative. This will increase the capacity of judges, prosecutors, and attorneys.” He went on and said, “The subjects that were presented are essential for Afghanistan. We were trained on topics such as Money Laundering, Commercial Crimes, Custom Laws, Banking Laws, Procurement Laws and arbitration. The trainers were professional and conversant, too.”