Better not bank on Afghani

AFGHANISTAN - Abdul Qadeer Fitrat has been appointed acting governor of Da Afghanistan Bank.

The announcement, in mid-January 2002, is the first step towards re-establishing the war-torn country's banking and currency system. A central bank is also essential for Afghanistan to receive international funds that will be used to rebuild the country and pay public service wages.

Fitrat said the system harked back to the 1940s. The ousted Taliban regime had spent the bank's reserves, fired all femal