The official reserve assets exceeded 2.2 billion dollars on 30 December 2016, increasing by about 450 million dollars during the last year, according to data by the National Bank of Moldova (BNM), informs Moldpres.
The central bank managed to complete the reserves by currency procurements and entries of foreign financings, including from the International Monetary Fund, after in late 2014 and 2015 the reserves had dropped by over one billion dollars as a result of an emergency loan, provided under the government’s guarantee to the three problem banks (Banca de Economii, Banca Sociala and Unibank).
According to a BNM commentary, in last December, the increase of the official reserve assets was due especially to grants on behalf of the European Commission, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and International Development Association, worth almost 100 million dollars in all.
The currency reserves reached the maximal level in May 2014, when they stood at 2.762 billion dollars. The official reserve assets started to rise in February 2016 after a relative stabilization of the situation on the currency market. In late February 2016, the reserves were of 1.717 billion dollars.