BearingPoint scoops Afghanistan deal

Local employees of BearingPoint Australia are involved in the implementation of a new accounting system for the government of Afghanistan as part of a $US40 million contract to help institute economic reform.

The financial system upgrade is reportedly aimed at assuring government accountability when reporting on its operating budget, which is funded primarily through the World Bank. The contract was awarded last week by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Three Australian employees from BearingPoint (formerly known as KPMG Consulting) are involved in the project including Canberra-based Alan Pearson who is the project leader.

Since January, Mary Kenner from BearingPoint Australia has been working in Afghanistan's capital Kabul as the program's resident budgeting advisor, leaving a comparable posting in Kosovo to take up that role, a spokesperson said.

Another Australian, Dean Wallace, is involved in the program as a budgeting advisor, a company spokesperson told Computerworld.

BearingPoint senior vice president for public services, Darwin Johnson, said the overall reform program was designed to "provide critical support towards ... a successful recovery and reconstruction strategy in Afghanistan."

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