The Economy of Azerbaijan in 2017: Assessment and Recommendations

The Economy of Azerbaijan in 2017: Assessment and Recommendations The year 2017 posed severe challenges for the economy of Azerbaijan, as it experienced a 3.1% decline in 2016, its first negative GDP growth since 1995. According to initial estimations of EBRD, the economy was expected to experience another negative GDP growth equal to 0.5% in 2017. However, The State Committee of Azerbaijan Republic has announced 0.1 % positive growth in GDP in 2017. The recessionary environment... Read More

Oil Becomes More Expensive. Should We Be Happy about That?

Oil Becomes More Expensive. Should We Be Happy about That? The oil market started in 2018 with a successful “run” to new highs for 2.5 years: according to Bloomberg, last Thursday the price of Brent at the auctions in London exceeded $ 68 per barrel for the first time since May 2015. The American standard WTI went up by 3.9% – to 62.21 dollars per barrel, also having registered a peak since the summer of 2015. A new record was demonstrated by Azeri LT CIF Azerbaijani... Read More

The exchange rate outlook in Azerbaijan in 2018: Expectations and Challenges

The exchange rate outlook in Azerbaijan in 2018: Expectations and Challenges The exchange rate of the national currency of Azerbaijan, the manat, will remain the main focus of socio-economic policy in 2018. During the course of the year, factors that will have a positive effect on the exchange rate of the manat – the price of oil, balance of payments, fiscal policy, monetary policy, political environment, etc. – will be stronger. In the course of this forecast’s preparation,... Read More