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AAN in the Media

Corruption at 13,000 feet: Afghanistan struggles to maintain a treacherous mountain trade route

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Washington Post, 22 January 2018

In this article about the big Afghan Ring Road project, our former colleague Qayoom Suroush is quoted in the context of research he did for AAN:

To Qayoom Suroush, a former road infrastructure researcher at Afghanistan Analysts Network, that explanation hides the role of higher-level corruption. 

“In my experience, when the ministry officials award contracts to companies, regardless of their size, the ministry takes its share,” Suroush said. “The first question is: What percentage do we receive?”

Suroush, echoing Rajab, said that the bribery and embezzlement stretch from the ministry all the way to local strongmen who provide protection for construction workers. “If you ask any Afghan, they will tell you that road-building is one of the most profitable [ventures] in the country for corrupt people,” Suroush said.