wiiw Forecast Reports

KAZAKHSTAN: Tenge set freely floating as economic growth stumbles


Olga Pindyuk

in: Mixed Prospects: Consumption Leads Fragile Recovery in the CESEE Core – CIS Stumbles
wiiw Forecast Report No. Autumn 2015, November 2015 , pp. 84-87

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Increasing costs of keeping the KZT/USD exchange rate within the given band forced the government to switch to a floating currency regime, as a result of which the tenge depreciated by about 50%. A substantial weakening in external demand and sluggish domestic private consumption and investment will limit GDP growth to 1.5% in 2015. In 2016-2017, growth is expected to accelerate to 2.5% and 3.5%, respectively, since fiscal stimuli are expected to boost investment, while exports will gradually recover.


Reference to wiiw databases: wiiw Annual Database, wiiw Monthly Database

Countries covered: Kazakhstan