Latest articles from Afghanistan

Kabul teaser

Afghanistan’s banking sector strives for stability

April 1, 2019

Afghanistan's banks face security issues, corruption problems and political instability. Can they rise to the challenge of rebuilding in such an environment? 

Khalil Sediq, teaser

Afghanistan’s central banker counts on bright future

April 1, 2019

Despite the many challenges Afghanistan faces, Khalil Sediq, the governor of Da Afghanistan Bank, is optimistic about the future of the country’s economy. 

How to spot a bank at risk of failure

November 26, 2012

Bank failures, especially in emerging markets, tend to have common characteristics that resist the best efforts of regulators.

TEASER-Embattled Afghan lenders prove resilient

Embattled Afghan lenders prove resilient

June 1, 2012

The loans scandal at Kabul Bank, which led to its collapse in 2010, hit not only Afghanistan's already fragile financial sector but also the country's political stability. But as those held responsible for the fraud have been brought to justice and more stringent legislation is put in place, the confidence of international backers is beginning to return.

Omar Zakhilwal

July 6, 2010

Afghanistan's minister of finance tells The Banker how the government is addressing its significant security and infrastructure challenges and calls for Afghanistan to be given more control over how international aid money is spent within its territory. Writer Michelle Price

What the bankers say: Afghanistan

January 2, 2006

The Banker invites CEOs from around the world to discuss the economic climate in their country and institution, and their hopes for the future

Economic engineers

July 4, 2005

The slow pace of legal and regulatory reform is a recurring frustration across all sectors of the economy but is only one piece of a bigger puzzle.

Impressive progress keeps hopes high

July 4, 2005

Afghanistan has many issues to resolve, such as security, a poor infrastructure and over-reliance on aid. But when you consider the recent strides that have been made, the country has reason for optimism. James Eedes reports from Kabul.

Afghanistan has come too far to be abandoned

June 6, 2005

While much has improved since 2001, the government still needs foreign assistance to maintain security amid bombings and riots.

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