What's next for Afghanistan's economy under Taliban rule? | Inside Story

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Afghanistan is the world's seventh poorest country and mostly relies on aid.
Now, its economic prospects look even more bleak.
The United States has frozen $9.5B dollars of Afghanistan's international reserves held in its central bank.
And the IMF has suspended payment of more than $450 million for Afghanistan as part of a coronavirus relief programme..
More financial measures are likely to be imposed by Western capitals as they put pressure on the Taliban's leaders.
They've promised to form an inclusive government and ensure the nation won't become a safe haven for other armed groups.
The international community says it is waiting to see how this will be implemented on the ground.
Many warn that without international recognition and donations, the group might not be able to govern and pay salaries.
So, will the measures mostly impact the Afghan people?

Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom

Guests:

Haroun Rahimi, Assistant Professor of Law at the American University of Afghanistan.

Marvin Weinbaum, Director of Afghanistan and Pakistan studies at Middle East Institute, Washington DC.

Klisman Murati, Founder and CEO of Pangaea Wire Group, a geopolitical consultancy.


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