Old days were better days in Nicaragua

You don't need to be an economist to see that in Nicaragua things were better in the past, and if we don't change direction the country will fall over a precipice, says Fernando Centeno Chiong.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

In an opinion piece in the Nicaraguan newspaper La Prensa, Centeno says a recent report shows that expected economic growth this year will be about 2.5 percent. He adds that that's not much better than zero if you take population growth into account.
Inflation this year will be above 20 percent, which means that at the end of the year 100 córdobas will be worth just 80, he says.
If we compare ourselves to other countries, we'll find that the past year was one of the worst and that this year is going to be the same.

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