UN: the economic situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated significantly after the US withdrawal

Kabul. Archive photo

The economic situation in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of the United States and its allies have deteriorated, said in an interview with RIA Novosti UN coordinator for humanitarian Affairs in Afghanistan Ramiz Alakbarov.

Answering the question about the effect, if any on the dire humanitarian situation in the country, the change of power in Afghanistan, Alakbarov said: “Over the past year we deterioration of the economic character, in the first place.”

According to him, “there is no functioning banking system, there is no functioning, well-connected economy.””All aborted. In this regard, there is a decline,” said the coordinator.

As noted by Alakbarov, the lack of economic activity, the underlying economy leads to increased load on the humanitarian sector. “The previous state budget was $ 13.5 billion. The current state budget, the structure of which is not known to us, involves the expenditure budget of 3 billion. And we don’t know what they will be spent. Of the three billion – 1 billion deficit, that is, they still need to collect. That is, the difference between 13.5 and 3 billion there. And it feels”, he said.

According to the coordinator, in General, the international presence in Afghanistan was significantly reduced compared to what it was a year ago. “The volume of foreign aid is much less. Of course, due to all these factors, the situation has deteriorated considerably compared to the previous year,” he added.”The only thing that is not conducted in open conflict, military activities – so big it was before. And in economic terms, the situation is completely different,” said Alakbarov.

In early August, 2021 movement “Taliban”*, have stepped up an offensive against government forces of Afghanistan, and on 15 August, the Taliban entered Kabul. The next day they said that the war is over. The last two weeks of August from the airport of Kabul, which was under the protection of the American military, there was a mass evacuation of citizens of Western countries and collaborated with them Afghans. On the night of 31 August, the us military left the Kabul airport, ending a nearly 20-year military presence in Afghanistan.