CEMAC zone: recession could reach 6% according to BEAC

All the indicators are certainly not red. But most of the economic indicators in the six countries of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) are already found the Monetary Policy Committee (CPM) of the Bank of Central African States (BEAC) at the end of the second annual session on June 24, 2020 in Yaoundé.

Analyzing the situation in Central Africa, it emerges that in the short and medium terms, the CEMAC zone is affected by the health crisis and the fall in the prices of the main export products. "

"In the first half of 2020, the revival of productive activities was slowed down in the sub-region by the disruption of supply circuits for imported products as well as by the restrictive measures adopted by the various governments to contain the effects of the pandemic. Although it is premature for the moment to fully grasp the impact of COVID-19 on national economies, it is already anticipated during this first semester a drop in production as well as a det…

Coronavirus: Do banks service during containment? | France

Edouard Philippe had stressed it during his speech on March 14, the banks present "an essential character to the Nation". Like food stores or pharmacies, they are classified as operators of vital importance (OIV). However, between telework, mandatory appointments and postponed operations, banks, like all, must adapt.

Coronavirus: Do banks service during containment? | France

Banks are adapting

"Most of the counters today remain open, there are very few branches closed, we adopt operations to meet customers' needs. Frédéric Oudéa, president of the French Banking Federation (FBF) and director of Société Générale, wanted to be reassuring on Thursday on BFM Business. The same goes for Crédit Agricole: “The vast majority of branches are open. We do everything possible to ensure continuity of service. "

While some agencies were forced to close due to the influx of customers who came to withdraw their money, the government asked them to reopen. "There is heckling in some agencies, customers who were afraid of not being able to withdraw or of a collapse of the system," confirms Frédéric Guyonnet, president of the National Union of Banking and Credit / CFE-CGC. Despite the difficulties, the banks are deploying the means to ensure the sustainability of their services. "Many networks were experimenting with telework and not ready to provide large volumes," says Frédéric Guyonnet. At the Banque Populaire on Monday, we could not have more than 1,000 employees online. This Friday, there are 25,000 people. The technicians worked day and night. "

Call to favor remote solutions

Despite this deployment, all players call on customers to be responsible. The French Banking Federation has split several press releases, in particular to remind the French "to make maximum use of remote devices, telephone, emails, applications, with which you can do lots of things". The FBF would like to recall that an agency contact puts all of its agents at risk of contamination. Frédéric Guyonnet then tells how some people have solved the problem: “Some agencies are open, but gates closed. To enter, you must either have made an appointment or justify your arrival on the intercom. If entry is required, it is granted. The trade unionist reminds that the agents do not have any particular protection against the epidemic: "The masks have been requisitioned and we find hydroalcoholic gel in a dropper. "

The CFDT Banks and Insurance has also protested against the opening of all branches in the current context, and requests that the work be done "exclusively by appointment, by telephone or other digital means". It requests that "adequate resources and the distance of employees from each other be made available to employees". The spokesperson for a French banking group summed up the situation in a few words: "This is not the time to come to the counter to request a transfer to a Livret A or the latest mortgage rates. "

Services continue

The situation is therefore difficult, but all the usual services and operations remain accessible. Credit Agricole spokesperson confirms: "All agreements will be honored, pending requests will be processed and we will make sure that deadlines are met." Frédéric Guyonnet can attest: "So far, everything is going on". He conceded, however, some slowdowns: “There may be some slowness. It takes adaptation time for employees, and then some projects are on hold. "

As for the financial difficulties that confinement can cause, if companies have been reassured, for individuals, it is still unclear. If most credit contracts allow deferrals of payments up to three months, "management is done on a case-by-case basis," explains the FBF.