Afghan Banking System Poised For Collapse After Taliban Takeover

Afghan Banking System Poised For Collapse After Taliban Takeover


After three months of Taliban leadership, Afghanistan’s banking system is poised for collapse.

“Afghanistan’s financial and bank payment systems are in disarray,” says a United Nations Development Programme report provided to Reuters. “The bank-run problem must be resolved quickly to improve Afghanistan’s limited production capacity and prevent the banking system from collapsing.”

Reuters explains:

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An abrupt withdrawal of most foreign development support after the Taliban seized power on Aug. 15 from Afghanistan’s Western-backed government has sent the economy into freefall, putting a severe strain on the banking system which set weekly withdrawal limits to stop a run on deposits…

Afghanistan’s banking system was already vulnerable before the Taliban came to power. But since then development aid has dried up, billions of dollars in Afghan assets have been frozen abroad,

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