Deputy Minister of Finance Khalid " Payanda"

Mohammad Khalid Payanda, was born in 1360 in Kabul, Afghanistan.  He is an example of successful appointments in the Afghan government, with great experience in the economic sectors, public policy, financial management, aid effectiveness, institutional development and higher education related to duty.

Mr. Payanda obtained his Master’s Degree in Policy and Development Economic from University of Illinois- United State of America in 2009. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Banking and Finance and a Bachelor’s Degree in business Administration.

Mr. Payanda started his career with Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development in 2003. He served as analyst for the Afghan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) projects in 2004.

From 2006-2008 Mr. Payanda, worked as specialist of economic affairs at the World Bank Headquarters in Kabul.  At the World Bank, he worked on Afghanistan annual economic reports, macroeconomic issues, poverty alleviation and monitoring ARTF.

He began working as financial policy advisor at the Ministry of Finance in 2010, and then continued to be the Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Finance’s Economic Policy until 2015.

With establishment of the National Unity Government in 2015, Mr. Payanda was appointed as Director General of Fiscal Policy and Macrocosmic of Ministry of Finance.  Considering the serious need for analysis of financial and economic policies , target for government revenue and budget arrangement based on government’s economic and development policies, he managed to establish not only this department , but also change it to a central office in  the ministry in a short time.  The role of Macro-Fiscal Performance General Directorate is tangible in the determination of government financial and economic policies.

Establishing High Economic Council in late 2015, chaired by H.E. President and Ministers of Economic and Infrastructure sectors, as best decision-making authority on macroeconomic policies of the country and attraction of private sector investment, Mr.Payanda was appointed as secretary of HEC by Minister of Finance. He managed to turn the Secretariat of High Economic Council as an active coordinating center between government and private sectors in a short time and coordinate government’s economic plans, addressing private sector problems and prepare a series of major infrastructure projects to be discussed in High Economic Council.

With Perseverance and plan and in coordination with his colleagues, Mr. Payanda coordinated the government’s economic reform agenda with IMF in 2016, as a result, the government managed to complete the 9 month test program and gain IMF- 3 Year Extended Credit Facility Program.  It is good news for the countries helping Afghanistan in the areas of reform in economic sectors and anti-corruption.

Mr. Payanda leads the public finance reform program at the Ministry of Finance, focusing on increasing transparency in public finances and reforming the budget process in order to better utilize financial resources and provide better services.

Mr. Khalid Payanda, having relevant educational background and successful work experience in Ministry of Finance, and given his previous responsibilities as economist at the World Bank, Senior Advisor of Financial and Economic Policies and Director General of Fiscal Policy and Macroeconomic in Ministry of Finance,  known as pragmatic officer.  He was appointed as Deputy Minister of Finance in Asad of 1396, according to the suggestion of Minister of Finance and approval of H.E. the President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Mr. Payanda, is a Fulbright Scholar and co-founder of Kardan Institute –Afghanistan’s first private educational institution, which is now the largest private university in the country.