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publication September 23, 2022

Afghanistan Economic Monitor


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The World Bank has been closely monitoring the evolving economic situation in Afghanistan and has been regularly producing economic monitoring reports.

The World Bank Afghanistan Economic Monitor provides a summary of the latest economic developments and key economic indicators. Drawing from a range of data sources, including real-time data collection by the World Bank’s Third-Party Monitoring Agent, the Economic Monitor provides up-to-date information on trends in prices, exchange rates, availability of key household items, and the operations of financial sector institutions. The Economic Monitor will be published monthly (or more frequently as developments warrant) and may be useful to all audiences seeking to understand current economic conditions and trends across the Afghan economy.

Afghanistan Economic Monitor 23 September 2022

Where does the economy stand one year after the transition?

Global food and energy prices continue to put pressure on basic household prices in Afghanistan: rising inflation and slow recovery in nominal wages have decreased the affordability of basic consumer goods for households. Demand for skilled workers decreased marginally in August and remained stagnant for unskilled workers, owing largely to the end of the harvest season. Total revenue collection for the first eight months of the current fiscal year is slightly better than pre-August 2021 levels (noting a greater reliance on trade-related taxes and non-tax revenue sources). Since end-June 2022, the AFN has depreciated slightly against the US$ and Chinese yuan while gaining against Euro, Pakistan rupee, and Indian rupee.