Three women ministers-designate presented their plans and strategies to the Wolesi Jirga (WJ) or lower house of parliament on Wednesday.
The nominees included Dr. Nasrin Oriakhel minister-designate for Social Affairs, Martyrs and the Disabled, Farida Momand for Higher Education and Salamat Azimi, a cabinet pick for Counternarcotics portfolio.
Dr. Nasrin lamented the government could not send more manpower for work to foreign countries because of weak strategy and lack of coordination among institutions.
She vowed to focus on several areas to establish training centers in every province aimed at creating job opportunities for youth. She stressed that merit criterion should dominate every sector.
She said that implementation of law, generation of job opportunities inside and outside the country, elimination of existing problems in kindergartens, addressing rising number of child labor and baggers, building residences for elderly people, and elimination of corruption would be her priorities if elected as minister.
Farida Momand, minister-designate for higher education, said she would work hard to develop intellectuals with master and doctorate degrees if elected as minister.
She promised to bring reforms to the ministry and make the process of kankor exam transparent by introducing latest technology. The cabinet pick for Higher Education Ministry said she would expand the university to absorb highest capacity of students.
Momand said she planned to create more facilities for special persons and suggested the arrangement of university entry test on zones level.
She said setting up private sector universities was need of the hour and stressed upon more cooperation between Higher Education Ministry and private sector’s universities.
Salamat Azimi, minister-designate for counternarcotics said her first priority would be the establishment of trust and among institutions working under the ministry of counternarcotics. She pledged to enhance cooperation for the elimination of drugs and smuggling with regional countries.
The cabinet pick said she would introduce a strategy to control drugs addiction, halt smuggling and punish individuals involved in smuggling.
She planned to launch fund-raising campaign for families of individuals who lost their lives in counternarcotics campaign.