High-ranking government officials and foreigners are involved in corruption in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai, as the country marked International Anti-Corruption Day. Misuse of authority and the role of private security companies, which Karzai has already ordered disbanded, are the worst forms of corruption in Afghanistan, according to the president. The private firms, the real cause of insecurity in the country, were a key stumbling block to the growth of Afghan forces, he told a gathering in Kabul. About $2 billion was spent annually on private security companies, he claimed. Why the international community, which discussed the failure of the companies over the past five years, reacted so strongly to his decree dissolving the firms, the president wondered. Huge contracts awarded by foreigners involved massive graft, but his government had no authority to interfere, alleged Karzai, who stressed the simplification of official procedures and reforms in government institutions to eradicate the scourge. While urging the global fraternity to cooperate honestly with his administration in eliminating corruption by foreigners, he sought control over foreign aid. "There will be no corruption the day Afghans take control." Karzai continued one of his priorities was to see Afghanistan as a completely independent country. He asked Afghan army and police to get ready for the 2014 transfer of security responsibility from foreign troops. Calling his government's anti-corruption strategy satisfactory, Karzai said significant progress had been made over the last years ago in the fight against graft. Afghan prosecutors' capacity to detect corruption had improved, he maintained. Decades of war had weakened Afghanistan's administrative system, leading to politicisation of top jobs, he explained. To resolve the problems, the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Services Commission (IARCSC) had been formed, he concluded.