Taliban commanders in Afghanistan have now reportedly presented plans to convert former foreign facilities into special economic zones on Sunday.
The decision to turn former military outposts into industrial zones comes as the country faces economic collapse following the Taliban takeover in August 2021, according to the BBC.
According to a prediction from the United States Global Leadership Coalition, more than half of Afghanistan’s population would face food insecurity by 2022.
Foreign donations, which accounted for over half of the economy’s GDP, were entirely cut-off when the Taliban took power.
“It was decided that the Ministry of Industry and Commerce should progressively take control of the remaining military bases of the foreign forces with the intention of converting them into special economic zones,” Taliban spokesman Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar announced.
Bagram is one of the bases that will be included in the new project.
Formerly the main US military base in Afghanistan, Bagram was important to US planning and operations against al-Qaida and Taliban terrorists and served as a condensed symbol of U.S. power in the region.
The newly announced economic initiative comes on the heels of a contract signed between China and Taliban leadership to produce oil from the Amu River Oil Basin.