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$4.6 Billion Needed For Humanitarian Aid In Afghanistan: OCHA

Afghanistan needs $4.6 billion in humanitarian aid for the year 2023, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid (OCHA) said on Sunday.

OCHA on Twitter said, that more than 28 million people are in desperate need of humanitarian aid. So humanitarian aid organizations can help vulnerable families during the planting season and prepare to deal with floods across Afghanistan.

The UN agency further stated that currently, two-thirds of Afghanistan’s population depends on humanitarian aid, which is a great challenge for the ruling regime to find a solution considering the economic crisis which has hit the country the most.

Meanwhile, Abdul Rahman Habib, the spokesman of the Ministry of Economy, while confirming the existence of poverty in the country, said that the statistics and reports of international organizations about the human condition in Afghanistan are not approved by the government.

Meanwhile, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has stressed that the inflow of humanitarian aid to the country is fundamental, stating that partial aid cannot heal any pain.

“In order to reduce poverty in Afghanistan, the economic infrastructure must be strengthened. Agriculture and rural economy are the basic foundations of the national economy which needs immediate development” says economic experts.

This comes as foreign investment in the country is nearly zero since the Taliban’s return to power in August 2021. National and foreign investors and business people fled the country due to security concerns, with no prospect of their return in the near future.

Many infrastructure projects across the country are left incomplete, and the Taliban administration does not have the financial ability to resume work on those projects, which has further complicated the economic situation of Afghanistan.

“The solution to overcome Afghanistan’s economic challenges is to pay attention to the development aid so that infrastructure can be revived,” Deputy Minister of Economy, Abdul Latif Nazari said.

Source : Menafn