Adolfo Laurenti, principal economist at Visa: „We are not close to a recession yet … but we are really going into the wrong direction”

6 decembrie 2019

„The economy is getting weaker. We’ve seen a slow down in growth in all the major economies, both advanced markets and emerging economies. So in that respect we are becoming more fragile.” said Adolfo Laurenti, the principal economist of Visa, in a NOCASH interview at international conference Banking 4.0.

„There are some of the risks on the horizon: Brexit, the trade wars, what happening in credit markets, oil – it is always a wild card. IF something goes wrong with any of these, then the probability of a recession go up.”, Laurenti believes.

Do you think that the trade dispute will be the most dangerous factor, with the greater damaging impact on the global economy?

„Could be. It will be damaging in the short period so it might be a trigger for recession, but it also damaging in the long therm because we all benefits from open trade and we are really going into the wrong direction on that front.”

There will be differences in the geographical regions in terms of recession impact?

„There will be a difference but the reality we all benefit during the time of growing globalization. Clearly Asia has been growing a lot. But even as a consumers in advance economies in Europe and the United States we collected a lot of benefits from that process. And seen now new barriers being build to prevent or to delay trade it’s very dangerous in terms of how the economy will look like in ten, twenty, thirty years.”

Follow the full interview below if you would like to find-out the Visa representative’s opinion on the impact of 5G technology on payments, Visa withdrawal from the Libra Facebook project and growing trends regarding the introduction of the central bank’s digital currency.

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Gabriela Nistor – director general adjunct BT

Tendinţele pe care le-am remarcat înainte de începerea pandemiei s-au accelerat pe perioada stării de urgenţă. Am văzut acest lucru ca o oportunitate, un tipping point pentru bancă. Post-pandemie nu avem cum sa ne întoarcem la comportamentul financiar pe care îl aveam până în februarie a.c. Relaţia românilor cu online-ul s-a schimbat. In plus, cardul fizic se va dematerializa. Vom asista la o scădere a cererii pentru cardurile fizice, respectiv la o creştere a preferinţei pentru componenta digitală a acestora.”


In 23 septembrie 2019, BNR a anuntat infiintarea unui Fintech Innovation Hub pentru a sustine inovatia in domeniul serviciilor financiare si de plata. In acest sens, care credeti ca ar trebui sa fie urmatorul pas al bancii centrale in 2020?