The economy contracted 4.8% in 2020, after growing by 0.3% in 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, growth returned in Q3 2020, as GDP expanded by 22.8% (seasonally adjusted annualized rate [saar]), driven by a 22%-growth in private consumption due to easing pandemic restrictions and substantial fiscal support. Export growth rose by 33.2% during the quarter due to robust demand for semiconductors and related machinery from the People’s Republic of China. However, with infections rising in November, growth moderated to 11.7% saar in the fourth quarter. Nonetheless, with positive leading indicators and continued policy support, GDP is expected to grow by 2.9% in 2021 and 2.4% in 2022.
|Composite Stock Price Index 1||29.0 (Sep21)||27.0||23.0|
|Broad Money Growth 2||4.6 (Jul21)||4.6||4.6|
|Headline Inflation Rate 3||0.4 (Aug21)||0.2||0.2|
|Industrial/ Manufacturing Production Growth Rate 3||9.3 (Aug21)||11.6||-14.0|
|Merchandise Export Growth 3||21.8 (Aug21)||21.8||32.6|
|Exchange Rate Index 4||95.4 (Sep21)||95.2||91.5|
|1 Monthly average, local index.|
3 y-o-y, %.
4 Monthly average, January 2006 = 100, $/local currency.
|Source: Bloomberg LP; CEIC database; Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; Ministry of Finance.|
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