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Afghanistan's Taliban government bolstered its economic team on Tuesday, naming a commerce minister and two deputies as the group tries to revive a financial system in shock from the abrupt end to billions of dollars in foreign aid.
Axar.az reports that Nooruddin Azizi, a businessman from Panjshir province north of Kabul, was named as acting minister of commerce and industry and would start work immediately, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told a news conference.
Azizi joins the acting finance minister and minister for economic affairs, both of whom were announced previously, in a team facing a daunting task.
Exacerbated by a drought that threatens to leave millions of people hungry, the economic crisis is among the biggest challenges facing the Taliban 20 years after they were driven from power by a U.S.-led campaign in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.
"We are working day and night on this and on making sure that the economic issue is resolved as soon as possible," Mujahid told reporters.
2021.09.21 / 21:51