AEIR 2018

The economy grew by 4.6% from 4.3% in 2016 as strong gains in industry (9.3%) offset slower growth in services (2.6%) and agriculture (2.2%). Inflation accelerated to 3.2%, and the current account deficit narrowed to 4.8% of GDP from 11.6% in 2016. The trade deficit reached $1.44 billion, while remittances recovered to $1.09 billion. Overall growth and inflation are projected to slow to 3.5% and 4.0%, respectively, in 2018, while current account deficit is expected to widen to 12% in 2018 and then narrow to 10% in 2019. The government is promoting economic diversification through digitalization.

Source: Asian Development Outlook 2018, ADB.
Latest Month-Ago Year-Ago
Broad Money Growth 1 11.0 (Feb16)11.0 12.1
Headline Inflation Rate 2 0.5 (Dec18)0.5 3.7
Industrial/ Manufacturing Production Growth Rate 2 10.0 (Dec18)32.1 2.3
Merchandise Export Growth 2 18.2 (Nov18)18.2 4.2
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Source: CEIC database.

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