Newsletter: Restoring the Economy and Improving People’s Livelihood-the people’s greatest expectation under the Taliban in Afghanistan
Xinhua News Agency, Kabul, September 15th Newsletter: Restoring the Economy and Improving People’s Livelihood-the people’s greatest expectation under the Taliban in Afghanistan
On August 15, the Afghan Taliban entered and controlled the capital Kabul. In the past month, the biggest change felt by the war-torn Afghan people is that the public security and security situation has improved, but the economic situation is declining, and the unemployment rate remains high. Properly solving these problems has become the Afghan people’s response to the Taliban provisional government. The greatest expectation.
Kabul citizen Mohamed Yama said: “If the government wants to serve the people well, it must have a good management system. The interim government can continue to let the officials of the previous government use their expertise and experience, so as to better win the hearts of the people.”
In recent days, government agencies in 34 provinces across Afghanistan have resumed work to varying degrees, but banks are still not operating normally. There are a large number of people lining up to withdraw money every day at the door of a few open banks.
In order to alleviate the problems of the financial system, the Taliban announced on August 27 that each person can only withdraw US$200 or 20,000 afghanis (1 US dollar equals 85 afghanis) from his own account every week.
Mohamed Mansour, a resident of Kunduz Province, said: “We hope that the Taliban government can fulfill its promise to the people and get the banks back to normal business as soon as possible.” He also said that although the tariffs on imported goods have been lowered, the prices of food and livelihoods have been reduced. The prices of necessities are still high, and I hope the government can find ways to control prices.
In order to restore the paralyzed government as quickly as possible, various ministries of the interim government have announced that employees must return to work before September 17. However, many female employees in government departments are still waiting for the next notice of returning to work. Currently, only female doctors, teachers from girls’ schools and female employees of the Ministry of Public Health have returned to work.
Karima Malikzada works for the Lugar Provincial Government. She said: “The Taliban should allow both male and female employees to return to work, and wages should be paid as soon as possible. I currently have no source of income.”
Afghanistan is facing a backlog of many years of problems. Not only does the people of the country have personal experience, but the international community also has a clear understanding. On September 13, UN Secretary-General Guterres stated at the high-level ministerial meeting on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan in Geneva that after decades of war, suffering and insecurity, the Afghan people may be facing “the most dangerous Moment”. Currently, one-third of Afghans have not found their next meal, the country’s basic public services are close to collapse, and many people may be in a food shortage situation before the end of September.
A report issued by the United Nations Development Program on September 9 stated that if Afghanistan cannot solve the political and economic challenges facing the country, 97% of Afghans will be living below the poverty line by mid-2022.
For the Taliban, this month is only the beginning of the ruling test it faces. (Participating reporter: Shi Xiantao)