IT Equipment and furniture handed over to the Ministry of Counter Narcotics
4 August 2011 - UNODC and MCN held an official handover ceremony for IT equipment and furniture for the 10 newest provincial directorates in Badghis, Parwan, Kapisa, Saripul, Jawzjan, Takhar, Samangan, Bamyan, Nimroz and Dai Kundi. A group of officials from UNODC comprising the Deputy Representative, Ashita Mittal, Counter Narcotics/Alternative Livelihood programme officer, Jeremy Milsom, and Ahmad Zubair Farouqi, Project Coordinator, officially handed over the equipment to Deputy Minister Ibrahim Azhar and Director of Provincial Directorates Mr. Humayoun Faizad.
The IT and furniture packages comprised of 10 desktop computers, 5 laptop computers, 10 UPS units, 15 multi-function HP laser jet printers with cartridges (scanner, fax, photocopier, printer), 20 meeting tables, 20 revolving chairs, 20 file cabinets and 100 meeting chairs.
UNODC continues its programme to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Counter-Narcotics (MCN) across the country. Through its project Strengthening Provincial Capacity for Drug Control (AFG/I87), which addresses both counter-narcotics capacity building for the Government of Afghanistan and support for alternative livelihoods, UNODC has helped the MCN to increase its presence from 14 to 24 provinces. The provincial presence is critical for the development of local counter-narcotics plans and enabling GoIRA capacity to monitor and address the illicit drug situation throughout Afghanistan.
A key objective of the I87 project is to support both physical and operational capacity building of the MCN provincial directorates. Support for provincial capacity building has included the provision of infrastructure including the construction and equipping of offices as well as the provision of advisors and mentors to the offices.
The support has been provided in stages. From August 2008 to February 2010, the project supported 16 staff for 18 months in 8 provinces, until they were funded officially through MCN's regular budget. In early 2011, 10 National Counter Narcotics Technical Advisors were recruited for the period of one year to improve the operational capacity of provincial directorates of MCN in Badakhshan, Kandahar, Balkh, Herat, Jalalabad, Kabul, Kunduz, Faryab, Farah and Helmand provinces. Two high level advisors were recruited for MCN in Kabul to support policy development and inter-Ministerial coordination.
The project has constructed Provincial Directorate offices for MCN in three provinces: Badakhshan, Nangarhar and Balkh and renovated and upgraded the office in Kandahar. It has also constructed the large MCN training centre in Kabul. It is constructing two more directorate offices in the provinces of Ghor and Farah.
The project has also purchased appropriate equipment for these offices as they have been developed including furniture, computers (including peripherals and software), cameras, photocopiers, generators, air conditioners and shipping containers for storage. These activities of the project are supported by Government of Canada and Government of Finland.