Melinda Good, World Bank Country Director for Afghanistan, said that at a workshop, over 100 experts from domestic and international banks, digital providers, international partners and civil society -discussed ways to strengthen Afghanistan’s payments system to help revive the private sector and create jobs.
The World Bank Country Director for Afghanistan noted on Twitter that “a reliable and transparent system will help build confidence in payments and ensure that aid for the Afghan people goes to the Afghan people and helps the private sector, which employs many Afghans.”
"The banking crisis has significantly eroded people's trust in the financial sector and financial institutions, and it seems very difficult for projects that need electronic money transfers and aid for people to succeed easily,” said Mir Shikab Mir, an economist.
According to reports, around 30 World Bank projects are still unfinished, and the Ministry of Economy asked aid organizations, especially the World Bank, to invest in a large economic project in the country.
"We ask the international organizations, including the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, to support the Islamic Emirate and the people of Afghanistan in the resumption of development projects, half-finished projects, as well as in connection with the creation of jobs and lowering the unemployment rate," said Abdul Latif Nazari, deputy of the Ministry of Economy.
Meanwhile, the Senate of Canada has passed a bill intended to unblock Canadian aid in Afghanistan without amendment.
"We ask Canada to assist the people of Afghanistan, offer employment opportunities for the people of Afghanistan to work, and invest in agriculture, so that we can come out from the crisis,” Abdul Basir Taraki, an economist.
The World Bank has previously said that the outlook for the economy is steady due to the continuance of aid to Afghanistan, and that it is expected that good output growth will continue over the next two years.