There is no hearing to remove the restrictions of the Internet
In the session of the Iranian Chamber of Commerce on November 29, focusing on the issues of the country’s economy, they discussed the seventh development plan and the economic effects of Internet disruption on businesses and society’s livelihood.
to report Iran room onlineThe head of the Iran Chamber said that more than 400,000 businesses are at risk of destruction due to the limitations of the country’s communication space, and that 9 million people whose livelihoods are threatened. Referring to the Internet as one of the important and undeniable components of today’s business environment, he considered its limitation in the last two months as one of the problems of business owners, especially small businesses. Also, according to him, based on the official statistics of the Central Bank, 3.3% of the GDP is directly linked to the economy of information and communication technology: “Based on this, the restriction of the Internet in the last few months, while causing irreparable losses to many companies, especially Businesses active in the service sector have imposed, leading to a decrease in the share of information technology in the national gross product.
In the continuation of this meeting, Gholamhossein Shafei pointed out the role of foreign social networks in the market of manufactured goods of Iran and said that this issue increases the importance of paying attention to the survival of online businesses:
More than 71% of the products exchanged on Instagram pages were products of Iranian production, mostly women and young people are the owners of these businesses.
He further said from the survey statistics of the Computer Trade Union Organization, according to which 25% of the respondents reported a 50-75% decrease in sales: “It is also interesting to estimate the amount of possible damage if the restrictions continue. 25% have estimated daily damage of 50 to 60 million tomans. 21% estimated between 50 and 100 million Tomans and 26% estimated more than 100 million Tomans. More than 400,000 businesses are facing destruction in this situation. “The medicine after Sohrab’s death does not work.”
There is no hope for the growth of the digital economy
In this meeting, the Vice-Chairman of Knowledge-Based Business Commission of the Iran Chamber was also present, who presented a report on the problems of internet businesses in the last two months. Farzin Fardis reported 16 meetings have been held with various institutions of the country with the aim of removing Internet restrictions, but there is not much listening in this regard:
Hope for the future in the country has been distorted. The worst of all is the situation of the digital economy, which had its initial growth and unfortunately has declined today and there is no hope for it.
The Iranian Chamber has emphasized the consequences of Internet restrictions on the digital economy many times and has voiced its criticisms in meetings with the country’s officials.