Afghan citizens complained of an increase of worn-out banknotes in Kabul markets, saying the issue has caused them serious challenges.
“Almost 80% of the Afghanis are worn-out. There are no new banknotes in the markets,” said Jaafar, a resident of Kabul. “It is not clear if new Afghanis have been printed or not. But worn-out banknotes are increasing in transactions,” said Agha Sheerin, a resident.
However, several Afghans criticized the way people protect banknotes, especially small banknotes.
“No problem would happen if everyone took a wallet for keeping money. The banknotes should be kept in a good way,” said Doos Mohammad. Meanwhile, experts said that the Central Bank of Afghanistan must attempt to print new banknotes to prevent a lack of viable Afghanis.
“A French company printing banknotes for Afghanistan stopped printing after the collapse in August 2021,” said Seyar Quraishi, Banking and Financial expert.
“The Central Bank in coordination with Ministry of Foreign Affairs could convince countries … to print banknotes for Afghanistan,” said Ahmad Muneeb Rasa, a political expert. The Islamic Emirate’s spokesman said the government is considering the needs of Afghanistan, and will print new banknotes.—Tolo News