Payments Snapshot in Iran - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Sector Impact
The Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) outbreak, dubbed COVID-19, is first and foremost a human tragedy, affecting millions of people globally. The contagious Coronavirus, which broke out at the close of 2019, has led to a medical emergency across the world, with the World Health Organization officially declaring the novel Coronavirus a pandemic on March 11, 2020.
Iran's economy had already been battered by US sanctions that curb oil and gas exports crucial for government revenues. A slowdown in economic activity caused by the virus outbreak has made the situation worse. The government announced a 15% decline in the country’s GDP to June 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, a gradual recovery is anticipated, with the country easing lockdown measures and resuming trade with border countries.
In an attempt to address this threat, on March 29, 2020 the Iranian government announced a stimulus package worth IRRR1,000tn ($23.8bn). A sum of IRR750tn ($17.8bn) was allocated to preserve jobs and help businesses that have been affected by the pandemic. It also includes a livelihood package worth IRR80tn ($1.9bn) for vulnerable groups and a IRR50tn ($1.2bn) unemployment insurance fund. As part of the package, the government has earmarked IRR120tn ($2.9bn) for the enhancement of the country’s healthcare system.
This report focuses on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on both the economyand the cards and payments industry in Iran. Based on our proprietary datasets, the snapshotprovides a detailed comparison between pre-COVID-19 forecasts andrevised forecasts of total payment card, debit card, and credit and charge card transactions by value and volume. It also offers information on measures taken by the government to combat coronavirus.
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