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One technocrat from the former government is key to the Taliban’s [aid] efforts

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Washington Post, 18 January 2022

Pamela Constable’s portrait of Nazir Kabiri, owner of a master’s degree in economics; founder of Afghan think the Biruni Institute; deputy minister for policy at the Finance Ministry under President Ghani; a Tajik – and one of the few high-ranking officials who remained in his position under the Taleban. On his motivation he said: “I saw this change as an opportunity.” Overnight, he said, development aid stopped pouring in and relief aid was cut off. “The dollarized economy was gone, and we had to start building a new one, to stop mismanagement, to ensure liquidity,”