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مساعي البنك الدولي لتحرير أموال أفغانية

By Duncan Mil

November 30, 2021 - يخطط البنك الدولي للقيام بتسليم ما يصل إلى 500 مليون دولار من الأموال المجمدة من الصندوق الاستئماني لإعادة إعمار أفغانستان إلى الوكالات الإنسانية، في الوقت الذي يعاني فيه ملايين الأفغان من نقص في الغذاء والفقر المتزايد.

Board members are meeting on Tuesday (November 30) to discuss the proposal to redirect the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), which has a total of $1.5 billion, Reuters report.

The funds will address urgent health care needs in Afghanistan and alleviate acute food shortages faced by Afghanistan’s 39 million people this winter.

Since the Taliban seized power in August, the U.S. Federal Reserve has “frozen” all of Afghanistan’s foreign exchange reserves in its hands, amounting to some $7 billion.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has similarly frozen the Afghan government’s access to IMF resources -- so-called Special Drawing Rights, or SDRs. The SDRs include Afghanistan’s $450 million entitlement from the global IMF quota increase in response to COVID, which countries are supposed to have access to automatically.

If the plan is approved, the ARTF will transfer U.S. dollars to international accounts of Afghan private institutions, which will disburse Afghanis from their Afghan bank accounts to humanitarian groups, bypassing the Taliban.

UNICEF and other agencies will use the ARTF funds for urgent Covid-19 vaccines and humanitarian food aid.

PUBLISHED: 30/11/2021; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images