New Delhi: Kabul residents have complained about the rise in prices of goods as the value of the Afghani has fallen against the dollar in recent days, Tolo News reported. The dropping in value of Afghanis against the dollar has greatly reduced business in the markets.Also Read - Afghanistan to Hold 'First Polio Inoculation Drive' From November 8 Since Taliban Takeover
According to the money exchangers, recently, the smuggling of dollars has also caused problems in the markets. Currently, one dollar is exchanged for about 90 Afghanis in the Kabul market. Also Read - International Flights: Airline Suspends Flights From Kabul Citing Taliban Interference. Details Here
Kabul residents urged Afghanistan’s central bank to take steps to control the currency markets and to pave the way for more robust business. “It’s problematic when the value of the dollar rises in the currency markets, then the price of the goods increases too,” said Esmatullah, a resident. Also Read - Turkey, Uzbekistan Resume Flights to Kabul; India Yet to Decide on Resumption of Services
In the meantime, several money exchangers in Kabul believed that lack of cash in banks is the reason that the Afghan currency dropped, the report said. “In the currency markets, the shortage of dollars is the reason behind Afghanis dropping dramatically,” said Mirwais, a money exchanger.
At the same time, Afghanistan annually imports goods which cost $8.5 billion and to buy these goods, they use dollars. “Afghanistan is one of those countries that relies on other countries’ imports and we need dollars to buy goods and that is why the Afghani is losing its value in currency markets,” said Haji Zirak Zirak, the spokesperson of the money exchangers union in Kabul.