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CoST holds workshop for media, civil society organizations

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CoST holds workshop for media, civil society organizations
 Media and civil society organizations have played vital role in public awareness, counter-corruption, maintaining social justice, increasing of transparency and accountability and making government institutions responsive during the past 16 years. Afghan Infrastructural Sector as a key sector is very important for economic development of the people and tranquility of the people. Role of the country’s media and civil society organizations in increasing of transparency in the respective sector is considered as significant and results in improvement of situation. 
Therefore, Afghanistan Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) held an informative workshop on Tuesday for media and civil society organizations to further involve them in transparency and accountability process of the country’s infrastructural sector. The workshop was attended by officials for ministry of economy and more than 30 representatives of the country’s media and civil society organizations.
The workshop aimed to make media and civil society organizations acquainted with goals and operations of Afghanistan Construction Sector Transparency Initiative and importance of releasing information in connection with infrastructural projects in strengthening of transparency and accountability.
“Ministry of Economy as host of this initiative in Afghanistan and head of CoST-related organizations group is fully supporting transparency process in the country’s infrastructural sector and asking all procurement institutions in particualr key ministries to cooperate with the initiative. But, for implementation of this goal, role of the country’s media and civil society organizations are significant. Media and civil society organizations as representatives of the people have the right to seek further information in connection with transparency process of the country’s infrastructural projects,” Mohammad Ismail Rahimi, deputy minister of economy said. 
In the workshop, participatns have been given information in connection with problems in infrastructural sector and ways for solutions, process of releasing information related to the projects and others.
The Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) works with governments, industry and local communities around the world to get better value from public infrastructure investment by increasing transparency and accountability.  CoST is a multi-stakeholder initiative with 15 participating countries spanning four continents. 
Afghanistan joined CoST in October 2013 following recommendations made by the Afghanistan Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) on the need for greater transparency in the construction of infrastructure. The CoST Afghanistan program is led by the Ministry of Economy with the process of disclosure and assurance initially tested by Afghanistan Reconstruction and Development Services.