Economic confusion continues in Afghanistan

Economic confusion continues in Afghanistan, even though the Taliban have directed the country's financial institutions to resume business operations.

A currency exchange shop in Kabul has reopened for the first time in about 20 days. People visited the shop to receive money remitted from overseas.

Its manager voiced worries, saying Afghanistan's economy has been badly hit. He is also concerned that the Taliban have yet to announce the new government that they promised would be named soon.

The Taliban are apparently trying to stabilize the economy by ordering banks to reopen. Only a few banks have followed the directive so far, prompting people to line up at branches that have reopened.

But people have been forming such long queues that many of them have been unable to withdraw much-needed cash.

The distribution of goods has remained stalled in Kabul as prices rise. It remains unclear when the capital's economy will stabilize.