Afghans not too optimistic about economic situation
Afghans have cited deteriorating economy as their top concern, according to a new Gallup poll.
Two in three Afghans see local economic conditions getting worse, as per the poll.
The new poll illustrates that the Taliban are not the only threat to the nation. Afghanistan took over the full security responsibility just weeks ago, putting an end to the 13-year U.S. and NATO combat mission in the country.
Afghanistan’s economy shrank to 3.7% in 2013 and further declined to 1.5% last year, compared to an annual GDP growth of about 9% on average from 2003 to 2012.
“Repairing investor confidence will be key to sustainable growth in Afghanistan in 2015 and beyond, but so will creating private-sector jobs. With growth slowing in every sector of Afghanistan’s economy, from services and industries to agriculture, there are fewer jobs available for Afghans who were already grappling with high unemployment,” the report said.
The decline in investment and international aid have been the major reasons behind the dwindling economy.
In the meantime, the country’s opium industry is expanding and increased from USD 2bn to USD 3bn in 2013. Opium is seen as the main funding source for insurgency in Afghanistan.
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