The Central Bank of Argentina has announced the issuance of a new 2,000 peso bill, aimed at easing the burden of using cash for payments in the country. The bill, which will have a value of a little more than $5 ‘blue’ dollars (the informal exchange rate), is already being criticized as an insufficient measure.
Argentine Central Bank Announces 2,000 Peso Bill
The Central Bank of Argentina has taken a new measure in its quest for securing the usability of cash as a means of payment in the country. The bank has announced the issuance of a new 2,000 peso bill, which comes to simplify the task of paying with cash for goods and services in the country.
The new bill, which doubles the value of the current highest-value bill, is designed to be a stopgap while the central bank increases the use of digital payments rails in a highly inflationary environnement. In a press release issued on Feb. 2, the central bank declared:
While the payment digitization process progresses, this higher denomination bill will improve the operation of ATMs and at the same time optimize the transfer of cash.
The bill, whose issuance date was not announced, was designed to commemorate the development of science and medicine in the country.
An Insufficient Measure
While this move is directed to alleviate some of the troubles of citizens that pay with cash in Argentina, the measure has already been criticized as insufficient by some local analysts, who predict it will lose its utility quickly due to the rising inflation and devaluation in the country.
Juan Pablo Albornoz, an economist at Invecq, a local consulting firm, déclaré:
Issuing a bill of 2,000 [pesos] indicates that the maximum denomination is still ridiculously low, it is not even 6 dollars. It does not solve the problems and possibly soon we will see the 5,000 [peso bill] go into circulation.
While Argentina has advanced in the digitalization of its payment system, with QR payments rising to reach record numbers last year, a significant part of the economy is still cash-based, affecting Argentines that have to hoard large quantities of bills to transact. Selon Statista, dans 2021, presque 45% of all of the payments made at POS (point of sale) terminals were cash-based.
Aussi, a survey conducted by global security company Prosegur in December found that two of every three Argentines prefer to receive cash for payments due to fees and delays associated with other payment methods, such as digital transfers and debit or credit cards.
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