The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.
Opinion

Afghanistan’s economic growth must be prioritized by donors

Humanitarian aid alone cannot solve the economic problems of Afghans; while it may be useful in the short run, however, it cannot fundamentally address the underlying issues that cause the problem. In the past 20-year, Afghanistan despite receiving a hug amount of contribution under the name of humanitarian and development aid from various countries and organizations, unfortunately, due to missteps and inappropriate decisions taken by some countries and funding organizations, we have been witnessed that with the withdrawal of USA and its allies, Afghanistan’s economic situation worsened. This clearly shows, that fundamental works and infrastructural projects have not been done and implemented properly by countries and donor institutions in Afghanistan which ultimately bring sustainable positive changes in the socio-economic life of the people of Afghanistan Considering the current economic problems, the International community and donors are still repeating the same failed experiences. They spend millions of dollars under the name of humanitarian aid. Such aid does not solve the existing problems, nor does it help Afghans to stand on their own feet. There are two reasons behind the failure to address the current economic challenges in Afghanistan: Number 1: There is a lack of coordination among various stakeholders in Afghanistan, regarding how to effectively utilize the received aid. It is essential that all parties come to an agreement and ensure that aid is accumulated and used in a coordinated manner, addressing the needs of the entire nation rather than individual interests. This will require significant involvement from the International community to support Afghanistan towards implementing necessary economic activities that cater to the desires of the people, ensuring urgent measures are taken. Number 2: International organizations and other key funding bodies must prioritize and support unfinished and new development projects in Afghanistan that align with the country’s needs and are tailored to meet the short and long term requirements. This approach will not only streamline efforts but also address multiple economic pillars simultaneously. In addition, mega projects should be prioritized and expedited to kick start economic activities and provide equal opportunities for all Afghans, both in urban and rural areas. Furthermore, focusing on key sectors such as mining and industry is essential to revive the economy These sectors have been neglected; by exporting minerals and industrial products at competitive prices, Afghanistan can generate significant revenue and become self-sufficient in these areas, as well as it will pave the way to attract domestic and foreign investment and create economic opportunities to the people. More importantly, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan by ensuring security across the country has created a conducive environment for economic growth. As nearly 70% of Afghans are engaged in agriculture sector, investment and efforts should be made to secure agricultural at the grassroots level; ensuring that agricultural products reach stable and sustainable markets within the country and abroad. This requires a systematic and practical approach to address the challenges of Afghanistan’s agricultural sector. In conclusion, it is imperative for International aid to be channeled effectively into major national projects, ensuring Afghanistan’s economic pillars are strengthened, and viable economic opportunities are created for all Afghans. This will not only address the current economic challenges however, it will pave the way for sustainable economic growth and prosperity in Afghanistan. alemarah

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.