COVID-19: Outlook and Prospects for Economic Recovery in Afghanistan

Date: 10 August 2020

Webinar on August 10th, 2020
11:30 AM – 1:15 PM (GMT+6, Kyrgyzstan time)
10:00 AM – 11:45 AM (GMT+4.5, Afghanistan time)

The University of Central Asia, in partnership with the Biruni Institute, is pleased to invite you to an upcoming webinar titled "COVID-19: Outlook and Prospects for Economic Recovery in Afghanistan" on August 10th at 11:30 AM – 1:15 PM (GMT+6, Kyrgyzstan time) and 10:00 AM – 11:45 AM (GMT+4.5, Afghanistan time). The event will be streamed online in English through Zoom.












About the Webinar

The COVID-19 pandemic has plunged the Afghan economy into a deep recession. The economy is projected to contract by 8.2 percent in 2020, with the poverty rate forecast to have increased from nearly 55 percent in 2017 to around 72 percent in 2020. Revenue collection is severely affected by the economic slowdown, worsening the prospects for medium-term fiscal sustainability. Furthermore, the on-going ‘peace’ process and the upcoming donor pledging conference in November 2020 in Geneva add to the growing complexities for economic management during the crisis.

How can the Afghan Government support economic recovery through targeted programs for the poor and the private sector given the existing fiscal constraints? What type of development programs can be most effective in terms of poverty reduction and employment generation? What implications do donor pledges in the Geneva Conference have for fiscal and economic stability in the country? Has enough effort been made to tap into the potentials and opportunities that private sector offers for fiscal sustainability and economic recovery in Afghanistan?  

The webinar jointly organized by the Biruni Institute and the University of Central Asia will address some of these questions. In this webinar, the Biruni Institute will present the main findings of its latest ‘Afghanistan Economic Outlook’ report on the state of the economy and on prospects for recovery, followed by a Panel Discussion with representatives from  Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance and the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce & Industries, on questions related to economic recovery, aid reliance, and the private sector development in Afghanistan.

This webinar is part of the University of Central Asia’s Executive Masters in Economic Policy Programme in partnership with the Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan and funded by the International Development Research Centre and Aga Khan Foundation Canada through the Pathways to Innovation: Strengthening Mathematics, Science and Economic Policy Capacity in Afghanistan and Central Asia project.

Programme

  • 11:30 AM
    Welcome remarks & Introduction by the moderator Mr. Nazir Kabiri, Executive Director, Biruni Institute.
  • 11:35 AM
    Presentation on ‘Afghanistan Economic Outlook’ Dr. Omar Joya, Head of Research, Biruni Institute.

  • 12:00 PM  12:45 PM
    Panel discussion – Chaired by Roman Mogilevskii, Associate Director of the Institute of Public Policy and Administration, University of Central Asia.
  • Panellists:
  • Mr. Naser Sidiqee, Director General – Coordination, Monitoring & Reporting Ministry of Finance.
    “2020 Ministerial Conference and the prospects for Development Cooperation in Afghanistan from 2021 to 2025”.

  • Mr. Sayed Zaman Hashimi, CEO, Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI).
    “Investment climate reforms for economic recovery and employment generation”.

  • 12:45 PM
    Q&A Session.

  • 1:05 PM
    Concluding Remarks by Dr. Bohdan Krawchenko, Dean, Graduate School of Development, University of Central Asia.
Language
The presentation will be conducted in English.

How to Join
This Webinar will be conducted online via Zoom video conferencing on 
Monday, August 10th at
11:30 AM – 1:15 PM
 (GMT+6, Kyrgyzstan time) and
10:00 AM – 11:45 AM (GMT+4.5, Afghanistan time) 
at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84542766739?pwd=dFlIM3pReVZ1RmRRZTBzWTduazhwdz09.
Password: 607180.
 
Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speakers and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees.

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