Economists Appeal to President to Solve Foreign Currency Loans Problem

Economists Appeal to President to Solve Foreign Currency Loans Problem A group of prominent economists of Azerbaijan appealed to President Ilham Aliyev with a request to resolve the problem of foreign currency loans of the population. The problem of repayment of loans issued in foreign currency worsened markedly after the devaluation of the manat, which led to a twofold increase in the cost of credits in manat equivalent. This cheapening of the manat... Read More

Bloomberg: Central Bank Depleted by Azeri Crisis as Oil Brings No Relief

Bloomberg: Central Bank Depleted by Azeri Crisis as Oil Brings No Relief Vugar Bayramov: “Sooner or later, the central bank will have to pull out of the market to stop the depletion of its currency reserves” The once-in-a-generation crash in oil prices sent the Azeri economy staggering into a crisis and the central bank is running out of options to stop the unraveling. Every seventh lender is now shut, the currency is testing new lows and by one... Read More

The Road Map of an Anti-Crisis Strategy in Azerbaijan

The Road Map of an Anti-Crisis Strategy in Azerbaijan Written by Dr. Vugar Bayramov The current economic policy, including the monetary policy needs to be compatible with post-oil or crisis period. Presently there are two major priorities in economic policy of government and the Central Bank: to constrain inflation and prevent or delay potential variations in the exchange rate of national currency. These priorities are important, however they are... Read More

The Azerbaijani manat’s devaluation: what are next steps?

The Azerbaijani manat’s devaluation: what are next steps? On December 21, the Central Bank of Azerbaijan abandoned its dollar peg, allowing Azerbaijani Manat (AZN) to nose-dive by almost a half. After the Central Bank relinquishing control of its exchange rate, the quoted exchange rate was announced 1.55 against US dollar. It is the Azerbaijani Manat’s weakest record over the last 20 years. Azerbaijan – an economy rich in energy in the post-Soviet... Read More

ADB: New Devaluation Is Possible in Azerbaijan

ADB: New Devaluation Is Possible in Azerbaijan The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has published today an update to its report Asian Development Outlook (ADO 2015 update), sharply reduced the projected surplus of current account of Azerbaijan’s balance of payments. According to ADO 2015 update, the forecast of Azerbaijan’s surplus for 2015 was reduced from 12% to 6% of GDP and in 2016 from 13.4% to 8% of GDP. At the same time the Bank has kept the... Read More

New decline in Azerbaijani Central Bank’s reserves: A message for next devaluation?

New decline in Azerbaijani Central Bank’s reserves: A message for next devaluation? The Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) lost $1,186 billion US of its foreign currency reserves in August 2015 due to high demand for foreign currencies. CBA’s foreign currency reserves declined to $ 7315.4 billion US in August 2015 from $ 8501.5 billion US in July 2015. Meanwhile, slightly decline was registered in July 2015 compared with June 2015 since CBA’s... Read More

New Decline in the Azerbaijan’s currency reserves

New Decline in the Azerbaijan’s currency reserves The Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) has reported that foreign currency reserves declined from $ 8.52 billion US in June 2015 to $ 8.43 billion US in July 2015. Decline of CBA currency reserves in July 2015 totaled $18.9 million US (-0.2%). In 2015 their fall is still $5.257 billion US (-38.2%). Since August 2014 they have fallen by $ 6.69 billion US (-44%). For comparison, CBA currency reserves... Read More

Azerbaijan National Currency Rate: the Lowest in the Last Decade

Azerbaijan National Currency Rate: the Lowest in the Last Decade Azerbaijan Central Bank officially announced the lowest rate of the manat, the national currency, against foreign currencies including United States dollar in the last decade. The Central Bank’s official rate was 1.0517 against $ 1 US. The manat’s rate against the dollar was 1.0496 on April 07, 2015. The manat has depreciated against the dollar all days in the first week of April... Read More

Devaluation of Azerbaijani National Currency; Causes and Consequences

Devaluation of Azerbaijani National Currency; Causes and Consequences Starting from February 21st, 2015, the official exchange rate of the dollar to the manat, Azerbaijani national currency, has been set at 1.05 manat, which is 33.86 percent more than the exchange rate set before the beginning of the weakening process of the rate. Azerbaijani national currency has been depreciated against US dollar the first time since 2006. Central Bank of Azerbaijan... Read More

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

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