President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday, told the World Economic Forum (WEF) that the spread of COVID-19 has reduced Afghanistan’s economic growth by nearly 30%.
Addressing the WEF meeting on combatting the Coronavirus, Ghani said the Afghan government had used domestic resources and invited international aid to fight the pandemic.
According to the Presidential Palace, the meeting was attended by a number of international heads of states and the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Ghani also answered questions from participants about the impact of the virus and called the outbreak an “unexpected event” which has had a “negative impact” on the Afghan economy, the region and the world.
The president said that they worked with international cooperation to check the virus when the country’s borders opened in the region.
They also worked with the private sector to keep the markets open and maintain food prices, and launched a national programme to distribute dry bread.
He added that the Afghan government has strengthened their health sector and governance to cope with the pandemic.