The government is losing the people $ 1 billion in two weeks[/rtl]
[rtl]Date: Edit: 2019/10/15 20:22 • 459 times read[/rtl]
BAGHDAD: Government authorities have blocked the Internet, temporarily cutting bridges of communication between protesters and limiting the flow of bloody images and videos of protesters. But at the same time, it has cut off the livelihoods of thousands of start-up entrepreneurs who have so far lost nearly $ 1 billion.
Iraqis are still deprived of access to social media today, despite the return to calm on the streets of the country, which witnessed a week of bloody protests that killed 110 people and 10 people, according to the Iraqi Commission for Human Rights.
"Our daily losses are more than 50 per cent," the accounting director of an electronic application delivery company told AFP.
The customer is supposed to access the delivery application and determine the order that arrives to the company and the latter communicates with the seller concerned to prepare the order and send it, and the customer can follow the process directly through the application.
He pointed out that "there is a significant delay, and thus lose the satisfaction of our customers as well," according to the same manager, who requested anonymity.
The company has increased the use of regular communications and text messages due to the interruption of the Internet, resulting in significant financial losses, especially in the end of the year usually allocated to the inventory.
According to the organization "Netbooks" non-governmental specialized in cybersecurity, the losses suffered by the entire Iraqi economy, where e-commerce is still emerging, up to 951 million dollars.
This includes only seven days, and the 12-day restrictions on 3G, smartphones and social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) cost about $ 10 million a day.
One of the founders of a startup entrepreneurship company in Baghdad told "AFP" that "online sales have been suspended for 12 days, because they rely especially on the means of communication."
"There are at least 15,000 pages of sales in Iraq that typically sell between 10 and 15 daily orders worth 50,000 dinars ($ 40) per order, or tens of millions of dollars to date," he said, requesting anonymity. .
He pointed out that the recession hit especially "women heads of households, and girls who can not work outside the home" in a conservative country such as Iraq, pointing out that, "according to preliminary statistics, there are more than 400 cyclists, and 5,000 motorists are not currently working, especially those Who rely exclusively on the taxi apps that work on the Internet. "
Travel and travel agencies, whose bookings have been almost completely stopped, have also been severely affected by the embargo, with losses amounting to "$ 15,000 a day," said an employee of a well-known company in the capital.
"We were not able to book any flights. Our only alternative was to work over the phone with companies in Erbil that were not affected by the blocking of the Kurdistan region's connection to the network through a different system," she told AFP. It only serves continuity in the labor market and retain customers. "
The ban also affects some jobs and incomes. "Because of the Internet crisis, four of our colleagues have quit because they are afraid they won't get paid," the travel company employee said.
This fear is reinforced by the fact that "the majority of tourism companies have reduced the salaries of their employees by 30%."
ISPs in Iraq assure their clients that no specific date or timetable can be set for the return of the Internet or the lifting of existing restrictions.
The Ministry of Communications announced at the end of last week that it had obtained official approvals on the restoration of Internet service "around the clock and without interruption", but this did not translate a reality.
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