The use of worn-out Afghan currency is an added problem to the larger issues of the collapsing Afghan economy.
Residents of Kabul expressed frustration over the use of the old and damaged banknotes, saying that their usage causes problems in business deals.
“There is a lot of worn-out currency in the market, particularly the 100, 50, 20 and 10 Afs bills are very worn,” said Samir, a shopkeeper.
“The government should try to issue a good quality currency,” said Asadullah a Kabul resident.
Zia is a money exchanger who purchases the worn-out currency and then sells it to the government’s central bank.
“The bank doesn’t want to take the money from us. The bank says it doesn’t have the sufficient budget to buy the worn-out currency,” he said.
Some money exchangers called on the Da Afghanistan Bank to distribute new banknotes to the market.
“When we receive money, a big part of it is worn-out,” said Noorullah, a money exchanger.
“When we exchange dollars in return for Afs, the people argue with us and refuse to take the currency because it is very worn-out” said Aga Gul, another money exchanger.
“The worn-out currency is one the main challenges in the trade market in the current conditions in Afghanistan. This affects the circle of business,” said Sayed Masoud, an economist.
Some members of the money exchanger union of the Surahe Shahzada criticized the central bank for its poor management regarding the Afghan currency.