Nonetheless, radical action is needed to save the Palestinian financial system, Gaza-primarily based economist says
[Gaza City] The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world, together with the world’s largest economies, to the core, with extreme and considerably-reaching outcomes.
Having said that, the outcomes are especially devastating for the Palestinian territories, and specifically for the Gaza Strip.
With an financial system by now on the brink of collapse, decreased purchasing electrical power and Israeli limitations on border crossings, economic activity in Gaza was previously fragile, economist Mohammed Abujayyab told The Media Line, noting that “the coming of COVID-19 has additionally worsened the already catastrophic condition.”
“Small firms and micro-jobs, which constitute 90% of the economic get the job done factors in Gaza, are immediate victims of the anti-pandemic steps, together with stringent and lengthy closures, as numerous of them collapsed and went off current market,” he said.
Business homeowners and traders searched for sensible options and alternate options to conquer the pandemic’s difficulties and preserve their enterprises.
For many, electronic advertising and marketing has confirmed to be the remedy.
“E-commerce and on line internet marketing have greater economic activity by 40%. This is indicated by the quantity of imports of the exterior e-stores to the Palestinian territories,” stated Abujayyab, who is primarily based in Gaza.
“Moreover, electronic promoting has activated the transformation method in Gaza from common commerce to on the internet trading, which created the opportunity for new enterprises these types of as supply providers to prosper,” he additional.
The increasing use of social media to boost merchandise has lightened the stress of operational expenses on little business owners, who are scarcely preserving their heads above h2o in mild of the severe financial disorders, Abujayyab mentioned.
Electronic promoting has activated the transformation system in Gaza from conventional commerce to on the internet investing, which established the prospect for new corporations these types of as shipping and delivery providers…