Administrative Office of the President

Administrative Office of the President

History

Prior to 1973, the "King's Office" and the "Royal Ministry" were responsible for: Scheduling appointments, writing and broadcasting correspondence, records, messages, and the King's decrees, orders and informing governors of its implementation. With Daud Khan coming to power and the establishment of the republic, the Dar al-Tahrir was expanded into a "presidential office" and took responsibility of law enforcement, diplomatic, protocol, service, security, and the presidential plan and policy.


 After the 1978 coup d'etat, “The office of the Republic” was changed into “the Office of the Chairman of the Revolutionary Council”. The office was responsible for protecting the presidential palace, providing presidential logistics services, formalities, scheduling appointments and correspondence affairs, which also gained the power to draft laws, decrees and public decisions by abolishing the constitution and other laws

The Loya Jirga of 1987 selected a president; the Afghan Presidential System was formed. The main purpose of this apparatus was to regulate the presidency in various political, social, economic, cultural, defense, and security aspects. It consists of sectorial departments, including law enforcement and judicial affairs; national economy and reconstruction; international relations including protocol; liaison with political parties and social organizations; defense and security; press office; tribal councils and parliamentary affairs; and there were the Department of Culture and Social Services; the Office of Islamic Affairs; control and auditing; and the badges and medals. In addition, the Administrative Office of the President was in charge of service and support affairs.

Even though it was presidential system, with parliament and Prime Minister, the Presidential Apparatus held more power than the Office of the Chief of Staff. The Presidential Apparatus consisted of Secretary of the President, and four vice presidents as leads. In the field of governance, two branches of the government (judiciary and legislature) belonged to the first vice-president and the other vice-presidents focused and worked in the economic, social and military spheres. Documents related to those government entities were issued with their signatures. Experts working in the office were among the best in the country. These experts assisted ministries and other government entities in accordance with the plan and policy and reported to the Presidential Palace. The president, if necessary, would issue specific orders to government agencies or refer them to the Council of Ministers for discussion and evaluation.

Following the establishment of the Islamic State of Afghanistan in 1992, the Presidential Apparatus and Administration Office of the President (with the promotion of its departments to directorates) formed the Administrative Office of the President.

During this period, the Administrative office lost its leading role and many experts were either fired or were asked to resign. It lost its status as a policy-making body. Major and fundamental decisions of the Council of Ministers were signed by the President himself. The Administrative Office was transformed into an entity that was limited to only working with ministries.

With the rise of the Taliban and declaring Kandahar as center of the government, they also entrusted the operational part of the government with communications to AOP. The parliamentarian system with a Prime Minister was abolished. And institutions such as the Control and Audit Department, Directorate of Counter Disaster, the Private Investment Bureau, and local organs were incorporated into the “Administrative Office of the President ". A large number of experienced and cadres of the former Administration of the Prime Minister were also recruited to Administrative Office of the President.

Apart from having included other institutions, the role of Administrative Office of the President remained same.

With the creation of a transitional government in 2002, some departments of “Administrative Office of the President” were elevated to the directorates, but the Directorate of Control and Audit; Directorate of Counter Natural Disaster; Private Investment Bureau, and the Office of Chief of Staff to the President, were excluded and turned into an independent budgetary organs. 

 The Mathematical-Philosophical Research Center of the World and the Directorate of Hairatan Port transportation were other departments that were transferred to other entities and excluded from the Administrative Office of the President.

After the formation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and a new system, in order to create better environment among three government branches (executive, judiciary and legislative), the Office of the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs began as an independent budgetary unit headed by the Administrative Office of the President, but soon after, the office became an independent entity. The Administrative Office of the President was also appointed as the Secretariat to the Council of Ministers in 2005, after which it became General Directorate of the AOP and Secretariat of Ministers Council.

In 2014, after the inauguration of the third term of the presidency, the Office of the President was also integrated into the administration. But soon after, in 2017, The Office of the President and Administrative of the President became separate budgetary entities.

Also, in 2017, Operation and Support Office of the President for National Development was established as a budgetary independent, yet affiliated unit under Administrative Office of the President. The agency is responsible for human resources, finance, and transportation and services for the Department of Home Affairs and the Office of the High Commissioner. The agency is responsible for human resources, finance, transportation and services of the Office of the President and Administrative Office.

Aims and Objectives

Aims and Objectives

The Administrative Office of the President is established as an independent budgetary unit within the existing government system of the country, under the supervision of H.E the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, to work towards transparent, active and corruption-free government operating in accordance with the relevant regulations. The Administrative Office is responsible for coherence and coordination of government affairs; also, providing professional assistance to H.E the President in three branches of the government.
It also monitors the implementation of the decisions made by H.E the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the decisions made by the Council of Ministers and its committees and reports the progress to H.E the President.

General-Directorate of the AOP plays an active role in creating transparency in government and securing the trust between government and the nation.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Administrative Office of the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, based on its assigned duties and job description, facilitates H.E the President to enforce his authorities over the three branches of government in accordance to the regulations.

 

According to the regulation, duties of AOP have been summarized, into nine key areas as following:

 

  • Creating coordination between the three  branches of the government  
  • Facilitating affairs between all three  branches of the government and H.E the president
  • Follow up on the orders and decrees of H.E the President, the cabinet approval and report its results back to the President
  • Overseeing government activities through analyzing, evaluating, and reporting on the three branches of the government and submitting a comprehensive report to the Office of H.E the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
  • Contributing to the implementation of H.E the President's authorities as contained in Articles 64 and 75 of the Constitution
  • Analyzing, evaluating, reviewing and developing the policies of ministries and departments
  • Completion and preparation of documents discussed at the Cabinet meetings
  • Completion and preparation of the documents related to the Cabinet and proceeding Secretarial Affairs
  • If necessary, holding Jirga’s and national programs; pursuing and monitoring their implementation