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Afghanistan is not an important partner for Czech exporters, and the economic impact will not be fatal

CzechTrade State Agency General Manager, Radomil Doležal, and Vice President of Exporters’ Association, Otto Danuk, told ČTK today. On the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) risk table, Afghanistan falls into category seven, which represents the highest level of regional risk.

According to Dolyal, the Czech Trade Agency does not have an external office in Afghanistan and does not focus on this area. “Given that Afghanistan is not a major export partner, the current situation has little impact on Czech exports,” he said.

According to Danek, Czech exports to Afghanistan last year amounted to 717 million crowns, and last year they fell to 349 million crowns. In the first half of this year, Czech exporters exported goods worth 28 million kroner to Afghanistan, an annual decrease of about 82 percent. Among the exports in the first six months of this year, 4.9 million kroner fell on machinery for power production and 4.8 million kroner on road vehicles.

Imports from Afghanistan to the Czech Republic in 2019 amounted to 5.5 million kroner, last year 1.9 million kroner. In the first half of this year, imports were 1.6 million kroner, which is about 46 percent less than the same period last year. The largest item in the first half of the year was a yarn value of 0.8 million kroner.

The Taliban occupied the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Sunday, and declared an end to the fighting on Monday. The Czech Republic and other member states of the anti-Taliban coalition are trying to evacuate their staff and local collaborators from the capital. According to ČTK, the situation at the local airport is very complex and very confusing, and Taliban representatives are already working on the site.

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