Kabul: Afghanistan’s customs income has almost doubled compared to last year, according to officials of the Ministry of Finance.
Based on the statistics of the ministry, 61 billion Afghanis were collected during the course of the previous seven months.
The Ministry of Finance’s head of customs tariffs believes that the decrease of corruption, the implementation of laws, and product transparency are three factors that boosted the nation’s income.
“This year, from the month of Hamal till Mizan, around 61 billion income has been collected,” said Abdul Rahman Weqad, head of customs tariffs.
Weqad noted that Herat, Nangarhar, and Kandahar customs generate the bulk of the country’s income.
Meanwhile, the Chamber of Commerce and Investment said that the value of Afghanistan’s mineral exports and dried fruit to Russia, Pakistan, India, Europe and Central Asia has surged and now exceeds $1 billion.
According to ACCI, the country’s imports have decreased 25% as a result of the rise in domestic production and the fall in domestic demand.
This is while that according to a recent report by ICRC the poverty level in Afghanistan has increased compared to past years and as winter approaches most people cannot buy material to keep their homes and children warm.
According to this report the humanitarian situation is getting worse and cases of child malnutrition and pneumonia is on the rise.