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Economic Sentiment In Cyprus Sees Modest Improvement In June

In June 2024, Cyprus experienced a slight improvement in economic sentiment, with the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI-CypERC) rising by 0.6 points compared to May. This uptick was largely driven by stronger consumer confidence and a minor boost in business confidence within the service sector.

According to the Economic Research Centre of the University of Cyprus, the Service Confidence Indicator improved due to better assessments of recent business performance and turnover. Conversely, the Retail Trade Confidence Indicator remained stable, with positive sales expectations balancing out poorer recent sales views.

However, the Construction Confidence Indicator continued to decline for the second consecutive month, impacted by negative assessments of order book levels and reduced employment expectations. The Industry Confidence Indicator also saw a slight decrease, primarily due to less favourable views on current order book levels.

Notably, the Consumer Confidence Indicator rose again in June. Consumers showed a marked increase in their intention to make significant purchases in the coming months, alongside improved expectations regarding their financial situation and the general economic conditions in Cyprus.

Despite these positive trends, the report noted a rise in economic uncertainty, driven by the increased difficulty consumers and service firms faced in predicting their financial situations. Nonetheless, the level of economic uncertainty in June remained lower than that observed in the first four months of 2024.

These findings underscore the cautious optimism prevailing in Cyprus’s economic landscape, highlighting the nuanced challenges and opportunities faced by businesses and consumers alike. The slight increase in economic sentiment reflects a complex interplay of factors, pointing to a cautiously optimistic outlook for the near future.

Digital Transactions: A Green Approach To Finance In Cyprus

As Cyprus increasingly embraces digital transactions, the environmental benefits of this shift are becoming evident. A recent report highlights that digital payments significantly reduce the carbon footprint associated with traditional banking operations. By decreasing the reliance on physical branches, paper-based processes, and the transportation of cash, digital transactions are contributing to a more sustainable financial ecosystem. This transition is in line with global initiatives to combat climate change and underscores Cyprus’ commitment to promoting a cleaner, more efficient financial landscape.

Digital transactions are not only more convenient and efficient but also significantly less resource-intensive. Traditional banking often involves extensive paperwork, the use of physical infrastructure, and the transportation of money, all of which contribute to higher carbon emissions. In contrast, digital transactions streamline these processes, resulting in lower energy consumption and reduced waste.

The environmental advantages of digital transactions are complemented by their economic benefits. By lowering operational costs and enhancing transaction speed and security, digital payments provide a compelling case for broader adoption. This shift supports sustainable development goals and aligns with the global push towards greener, more resilient economies.

Furthermore, the widespread adoption of digital transactions in Cyprus is expected to drive innovation within the financial sector. With the integration of advanced technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, the digital financial landscape is set to become even more efficient and secure. These innovations not only enhance user experience but also contribute to environmental sustainability by further reducing the need for physical resources.

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