Press Conference on protection of Banks against Corona & Bank Aids to the Public
Date: March 19, 2020
In order to attract support of Afghan government for the banking sector to fight against the consequences of the corona Virus and the take the lead for distribution of humanitarian aid of banks for 3 needed government hospitals (Antani, Maiwand and Aliabad), Afghanistan Banks Association held a press conference on Sunday, March 19, 2020. In the conference, Mr. Seyed Maghis Gilani, Chairman of the Private Sector Committee, Office of the Special Representative of the President for Economic Development, Commerce and Poverty Reduction, Dr. Vahidullah Mohmand, President of Kabul Medical University, Heads and representatives of the above-mentioned hospitals, representatives of banks and the media were attended. At the outset, Mr. Najibullah Amiri ABA Executive Director talked on the impact of the Covid 19 disaster on the world economy, especially on Afghanistan – banking sector. He elaborated the Association's proposals to the Central Bank (Da Afghanistan Bank) & government for greater strengthening of the banking sector and the economy as a whole. Subsequently, speakers addressed about the corona virus and emphasized hugely on national cooperation to combat with the virus.
It is worth mentioning that in terms of collection and distribution of banks aids, ABA took the initiative and coordinated with all its member banks- encouraged them to cooperate with their most vulnerable- poorer compatriots. Fortunately, at the first attempt, the banks generously granted worth AFN 11 million goods(including food packages such as flour, rice, oil, sugar, tea and soap, health packages like detergent masks, gloves, etc.) , where it followed by more millions AFN aids to the poorer families across the country. The banks health packages worth 1.7 million Afghanis donated by four banks (Azizi Bank, the first micro finance bank, Bank-e-Millie Afghan, Pashtany Bank) were distributed through ABA. It is noteworthy that Afghan banks will continue their humanitarian aids in the future.