The World Bank on Tuesday released its latest Afghanistan Development Update and said the country’s recent economic recovery may be at risk.
The twice-a-year Update states that following the economic shock of the withdrawal of international troops, the associated decline in aid and deterioration in security, and the period of political instability after the 2014 elections, the Afghan economy has slowly regained momentum as reforms have been implemented and confidence restored.
From a low of 1.5 percent in 2015, real GDP growth accelerated to 2.3 percent in 2016, and reached 2.7 percent in 2017 .
However, this trend now appears to be at risk, with increasing election-related violence, declining business confidence, worsening drought conditions, and apparent slowing of economic activity, the WB said in a statement.
In this episode host Zarmina Mohammadi discusses the topic with Suhrab Bahman, spokesman for the ministry economy.