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 the governor of it’s implementation. With daud khan coming to power and the establishment of the republican system, the Dar al-Tahrir Shah was expanded into a "presidential office" and took responsibility of law enforcement, diplomatic, protocol, service, security, and the presidential plan and policy.

 

The Presidential Office came down in the name of the “Office of the President of the Revolutionary Council” after the 27th April 1978’scoup data the presidential office. 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.

 

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 general directorate of administrative office of the president.

 

Within the rise of Taliban and declaring Kandahar as the center of government, they also entrusted the executive with communications to the same office, although the formation of Prime Minister was eliminated from the government and the Control and Audit Department, Directorate of Counter Disaster, the Private Investment Bureau, and local organs were incorporated into the “General Directorate of Administrative Office of the President ". A large number of experienced and cadres of the Administration of the Prime Minister were also recruited to General Directorate of Administrative Office of the President, and the Constitutional Council, formerly an independent organ, was also formed into the General Directorate office of the President (AOP).

With the creation of a transitional government in 2002, some of the departments of “General Directorate of Administrative Office of the President” were elevated to the directorates), but the General Directorate of Control and Audit; Directorate of Counter Disaster (Incidents), Private Investment Bureau As independent budgetary units, and the Office of Chief of Staff to the President they were separated from this authority as 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 organs and separated from the Administrative Office of the President.

 

After the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan came into power, for the sake of better relations between three executive branches (government, judiciary and legislative) , the Office of the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs began as an independent budgetary unit headed by the General Directorate of Administrative Office of the President, but soon after, the office was separated. The General directorate office of the president was also appointed to the Council of Ministers as the Secretariat in 2005, after which it became General Directorate of the AOP and Secretariat of Ministers Council.

 

Mohammed Youssef Etebar  was in charge of this Directorate  for two years (2002 – 2004), followed by Dr Farooq Wardak, who served four years (2004 - 2008) as head of the office and the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs. According to the President decree of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, dated 22/Oct/2008, Dr. Najibullah Sadiq Modabir was appointed as the General Director of the AOP and has performed duty until the start of Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s presidential period.

 

During the presidency of Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the Chief of Staff of His Excellency the president, of Administrative Office of the President and Secretariat of Ministers Council merged under the General Directorate of the Office of the President. Abdul Salam Rahimi was appointed as the head of the office, and was active until 11/Jul/2017. Then, according to the view of his excellency the President and better performance of its duties, the General Directorate of the AOP was separated into, two independent budgetary units, under the titles of the ”Office of chief of staff to the President” and the General Directorate of the AOP, on June 2017. Moreover, Ahmad Daud Norrzai was appointed as the director of General Directorate of the Administrative Office of the President.