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Afghanistan: Bank Services

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 92919, tabled on 14 December 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what diplomatic steps she is taking at the World Bank and other multilateral institutions to tackle the banking and liquidity crisis in Afghanistan to allow teachers and other public sector workers to receive salary payments and schools and clinics to operate.

Answered on

21 December 2021

The UK Government is prioritising support to the humanitarian response in Afghanistan. We are working closely with the World Bank and our partners on options to support essential basic services in Afghanistan to prevent an escalation in the humanitarian crisis. The UK has been at the forefront in supporting the repurposing of the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund, including the recently announced release of $280m to support basic health care and food security. We are also supporting proposals to address banking and liquidity issue.