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Inflation target of 4% per annum possible in Belarus in next five-year term

Economy 06.11.2019 | 18:00
Pavel Kallaur
Pavel Kallaur

MINSK, 6 November (BelTA) – The central bank may lower its inflation target to 4% per annum in the next five-year term, BelTA learned from Chairman of the Board of the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus (NBRB) Pavel Kallaur on 6 November.

“We freely admit that we can set 4% as the target rate of inflation in the next five-year term,” the official noted.

In his words, the matter has yet to be discussed with the government taking into account various structural problems, primarily the phasing out of cross-subsidizing.

Pavel Kallaur pointed out that if the inflation target is set at 4% and the situation deviates from it, various tools will be used to address the situation. “If one-time shocks come into play and push inflation away from 4%, if, figuratively speaking, inflation goes to 6%, the central bank and the government will use monetary policy tools and the general economic policy to return to the target,” the official added.

The inflation target stands at 5% at most in 2019 and 2020.

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