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The unstable Afghani currency

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The unstable Afghani currency

afghani currencyAs the elections deadlock ended, there were glimpses of hope that Afghani currency would appreciate in value against the US dollar.

Only a few days after the formation of the new government, the Afghani currency continued to go down. The US dollar exchange rate to Afghani hit the 58.00 AFN bar at the Sarai Shahzada market, Afghanistan’s largest financial institution.

Several reasons have been cited for the fall of Afghani currency.

According to Sarai Shahzada officials, the decrease in the supply of US dollars by the Central Bank has had an adverse effect on the value of Afghanistan. As per the reports, the Central Bank supplied close to USD 80mn every week; however, in the past few weeks, the US supply has decreased to half by the Central Bank.

Furthermore, the increase in the country’s imports accompanied by the high saving rate of dollar by the public has contributed to the declining Afghani.

The decrease in the government’s income has also augmented the poor performance of the Afghani. This comes as the Afghan government recently announced its bankruptcy and inability to pay the salaries of its employees.

The cut in aid from donor countries is also cited as a major factor behind the instability of the Afghani currency.

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