Inflation and deficit in Albania registered a drop, remittances grew

Inflation and deficit in Albania registered a drop, remittances grew

Tirana, February 5, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

In 2014, Albanian economy registered a lower than projected deficit. Inflation also saw a drop, while for the first time in the recent years, remittances saw a growth.

These data come from the Bank of Albania, which published today the Monetary Policy Report for the fourth quarter of 2014.

According to the report, the quantity of secondary revenues grew by 3%, while the annual increase of remittances from migrant workers is 1,9%.

“Net incomes in the capital account grew by 20,7 million Euros, as opposed to 15 million Euros during the third quarter last year”, says BoA.

As far as economic growth is concerned, BoA says that in the last months of the year, growth was around 2,1%.

The economy contracted temporarily in the second quarter and grew 3.3% in the third quarter.

On the demand side, the domestic private demand supported the economic growth, whereas public sector and external demand did not contribute to the growth.

In 2014, the Bank of Albania deems that the Albanian economy recorded a higher growth compared to the previous year, albeit economic activity at home continued to remain below potential.

According to BoA, from 2015 and onwards, economic activity is expected to register improvements.

BoA says that unemployment went down by 0,3%, remaining at a level of 17,4%.

Lending for the economy went up by 3,8%. Another positive and sustainable development relates to the significant growth of lending in Lek, as opposed to a weak performance of lending in foreign currency.

Lending in ALL increased by 9,3% in annual terms in the month of November, while lending in currency contracted by 0,9% as opposed to last year.

Bank deposits saw an average annual growth of 1% in the month of October and November. In these two months, deposits in ALL grew by 5 billion ALL, thanks to the growth of business deposits. Deposits in foreign currency contracted by 5,5 billion ALL.

The region’s economy according to the Bank of Albania

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On the photo: A model of the central building of the Bank of Albania which is still undergoing reconstruction after many years