More than 80 chambers representing small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) signed a document urging private and public banks to put in place financial mechanisms that allow them to “overcome the effects of inactivity in the best and fastest way” economic due to the coronavirus, to avoid cutting the payment chain.
In the document, the entities point out that “the stock of deferred checks negotiated by SMEs held by banks is around 220 billion pesos”, of which “between 35 and 40 percent expires in April; that is, during and after the mandatory quarantine. ”
“To this we add the portfolio values that were not deposited and the invoices issued that should have been collected in this period,” added the associations that in April had already asked the banks “to meet the needs” .
The signatories include, among other entities, the General Economic Confederation (CGE); the General Business Confederation (Cgera); the Assembly of Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (Apyme); the Chamber of the Footwear Industry (CIC); the Association of Automotive Dealers (Acara); and the Argentine Chamber of the Small and Medium Argentine Metallurgical Industry (Camima).
Also the Argentine Chamber of Toy Industry (Caij); the Argentine Chamber of Optical and Related Industries (Cadioa); the Argentine Chamber of Manufacturers of Avios and Supplies for Clothing and Leather Goods (Cafaicym); the Argentine Chamber of Natural and Compressed Gas; the National Table of Pyme Unit; and economic and business federations from Chaco, Chubut, Río Negro, Santa Fe and Catamarca, among others.
The document includes some measures that the cameras suggest to get out of this financial quagmire.
The first proposal that integrates the initiative is “that financial institutions act as credit banks and cover the checks of those clients who have always complied so that they are credited to the accounts that deposited it.”
They also ask for the granting of “a logical term for these low interest rate debts, taking as a reference the 24 percent offered by the Government”; and that the Central Bank, if necessary, modify regulations so that banks do not have difficulties in facilitating the aforementioned operations.
In addition, the representatives of the sector asked “to re-profile the debts of SMEs with financial entities” and that the State allocate funds “so that the chain of payments is not cut under any circumstances.”
The document also emphasizes that the three links that suffer economic inactivity are, in the first place, the commerce “that bought merchandise before March 19 and issued checks for later dates” with the impossibility of covering the values in this situation.
Second is the wholesale distributor or the SME industry, which have a large number of these checks in their portfolio or delivered to the financial institution in advance, with the risk that they will be rejected.
Meanwhile, the last link “is the medium or large company supplying the previous ones, which has in its possession or delivered a large part of these checks, or direct from financial entities, which, if rejected, will generate great conflict.”