Afghans say they will no longer use banks

Written by The Frontier Post

KABUL (Tolo New): A number of Kabul residents said they no longer want to keep their money in the country’s banks. They said they will take out all of their previously deposited funds.
Since the fall of the former government, Afghans have faced challenges in withdrawing their money from the banks and said they no longer want to deposit funds. “We used to save our money in the banks, but currently they are not paying us on time. The banks have lost trust among the people, we no longer want to save our money in the banks,” said Noorullah, a resident of Kabul.
Meanwhile, a number of economists said that if the banking system continues at this rate, the banks will not be able to provide services, and this will have a negative impact on the country’s economy. “If everyone transfers its money to other countries, what is left? The bank is an economic structure–when we deposit our money in the banks then that is used for investments,” said Wahab Qati, an economic analyst. Officials of Afghanistan’s central bank recently said in a statement that private and public banks must increase the withdrawal limit of the customers’ money to $400 per week. But some residents said that this amount is still not enough.
“The more they block people’s money in the banks, the more trust will decrease among the people regarding banks, and businessmen will take their capital out of the country,” said Rahnaward, a Kabul resident. Meanwhile, banks are only dispensing money to customers but not providing other services. TOLOnews reporters tried to contact officials at the central bank to get comments on the issue, but bank personnel refused to speak on the subject.

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