A year of mobility restrictions caused by the pandemic led GDP to contract by a further 3.3% in FY2021 (ended 30 September 2021). Containment measures and travel bans constrained fisheries and onshore fleet services, hotels and restaurants, and construction. This kept inflation low at 1.0% despite higher international fuel prices. Lower imports and continued grants from development partners increased the current account surplus to 23.5% of GDP, up from 20.5% in FY2020. Growth is expected to return in FY2022 with the easing of mobility restrictions and business activity returning to normal. GDP is forecast to expand by 1.2% in 2022, accelerating to 2.2% in FY2023.
|Merchandise Export Growth 1||-96.5 (Jul22)||-96.5||-40.0|
|Exchange Rate Index 2||100.0 (Oct22)||100.0||100.0|
|1 y-o-y, %.|
2 Monthly average, January 2006 = 100, $/local currency.
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