Saturday September 25, 2021

Western Union resumes remittances to Afghanistan

"We understand the urgent needs of our customers and their families and are committed to supporting them," says WU spokesperson
AFP
September 02, 2021
Western Union spokesman says the company is pleased to share that it is resuming its money transfer services into Afghanistan. Photo AFP
Western Union spokesman says the company is pleased to share that it is resuming its money transfer services into Afghanistan. Photo AFP

Western Union proclaimed Thursday that it would resume its money transfer service to Afghanistan as the Taliban deal with enormous economic hurdles following their takeover last month.

"Western Union is pleased to share that it is resuming its money transfer services into Afghanistan, starting September 2, so that our customers can once again send money and support their loved ones at this time," a spokesperson said.

"We understand the urgent needs of our customers and their families and are committed to supporting them," the spokesperson said, adding that Western Union would waive transfer fees from September 3 through 17.

Remittances from Afghans living abroad are crucial for the impoverished country´s economy and amounted to almost $789 million last year, according to the World Bank.

The Washington-based development bank last week announced it would suspend aid to the country, saying it was "deeply concerned about the situation in Afghanistan and the impact on the country´s development prospects, especially for women."

The IMF announced shortly after the Taliban´s takeover that it would suspend its assistance to the country, citing uncertainty surrounding its leadership.