Days after the executive board of the World Bank approved over $1 billion of Afghanistan’s Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), 92 Afghan media outlets asked the bank to pay their payments for the advertisements they have done.
The media had advertisements from the Word Bank related to a nationwide food distribution scheme-Dastarkhawn Meli- initiated by the former Afghan government. The scheme was funded by WB.
Speaking to a press conference in Kabul on Thursday, March 3, 2022, representatives of the Afghan media outlets said that, they have broadcast the advertisements from March 2021 until August but their five million Afghani is yet to be paid.
Both radio stations and TV channels were involved in the project.
Participants of the conference added, since the World Bank is resuming its activities in Afghanistan, it should pay their payments as they are suffering from serious financial woes.
Meanwhile, they asked the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to exempt their tax for the past six months.
Chief spokesperson of the IEA, Zabiullah Mujahid pledged to be sharing the request with the leadership and expressed hope to reach a conclusion.
This comes as 70 percent of media outlets in Afghanistan have stalled operations due to financial woes in the past six months.
Source: The Khaama Press News Agency