THE GOOD NEWS: IMF predicts Moldovan economy will grow

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Tuesday it expects that Moldova's economy will expand by 2.0% in 2016 and by 3.0% in 2017.

In its previous projection made in April, the IMF forecast that Moldova's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will grow by 0.5% in 2016, and by 2.5% in 2017.

Moldova's inflation is seen slowing down to 4.4% in 2017 from 6.8% projected for this year, the IMF said in the October edition of its World Economic Outlook.

Moldova's consumer price inflation cooled to a 14-month low of 3.6% year-on-year in August from 7% in July, according to the latest data available from the country's statistics office, BNS. In August, the central bank projected 6.7% inflation for 2016 and 4.4% for 2017, lowering its previous forecast from May, which predicted inflation of 7% for 2016 and 4.8% for 2017.

IMF sees the country's current account deficit widening to 3.4% of GDP in 2017 from an estimated 2.8% of GDP in 2016.

At the end of July, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said it would lend Moldova $179 million (160 million euro) under a crucial three-year economic reform programme, for which a staff level agreement was reached.

The staff level agreement is subject to approval by IMF executive board, which is expected to meet in October, following the implementation of a number of prior actions by the Moldovan authorities.

Moldova has been trying to cope with a major banking crisis since about $1 billion went missing from three local banks in November 2014, SEENEWS reports.

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