Falling Oil Prices and Declining of Currency Reserves

Falling Oil Prices and Declining of Currency Reserves Caused by oil price decline in the world market, Central Bank’s intervention costs have decreased since August 2014 in Azerbaijan- Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD) reports. According to the official data of Central Bank of Azerbaijan Republic (CBAR), which published on January 08 2015, decline has been observed in both total reserves and currency reserves. CESD underlines that... Read More

To Cut or Not to Cut?

To Cut or Not to Cut?   İs that the Question for Central Bank in Azerbaijan? The Central Bank has lowered its discount rate from 5.25% to 5% starting this week. According to the Central Bank, taking into account the optimal level of inflation, this step will lead to a decrease in inflation rates and thereby support economic growth in non-oil sectors.  The bank said that the targeted inflation rate would maintain currency stability and increase... Read More

Banking sector in Azerbaijan; from bankruptcy to regression?

Banking sector in Azerbaijan; from bankruptcy to regression? “There is not any case in the foreign experience that a minimum requirement for authorized capital is increased by five times”, said in an interview with “Echo” the chairman of the Center for Economic and Social Development Vugar Bayramov . In this regard, in his opinion, this is a serious administrative decision, despite the fact that it will enter into force on January... Read More

Did foreign trade turnover exceed GDP in Azerbaijan?

Did foreign trade turnover exceed GDP in Azerbaijan? CESD confirms that Official State Statistics Committee Figures Contradict Reality According to Khalid Mikayilov , an economic expert at the Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD), the State Statistics Committee’s data on foreign trade turnover contradicts that of the Central Bank of Azerbaijan and belies economic reality. Basic economic principles and real-world experience demonstrate... Read More

IMF Adjusted its Economic Growth Forecast for Azerbaijan

IMF Adjusted its Economic Growth Forecast for Azerbaijan The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has adjusted its forecast for GDP Growth in Azerbaijan from 7, 1 %, to 5,7 %. It should be reminded here that IMF has early projected Azerbaijan’s economic growth at 7.1 percent in 2012 and at 2.3 percent in 2016. The IMF said the forecast is based on the fact the country`s 2012 budget is based on an average oil price of $80 per barrel, while an average... Read More