X Ray of the Nicaraguan Economy in 2017

Last year, economic activity and employment generation continued to rise, cumulative inflation reached 5.7% and international reserves were strengthened.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

From a statement issued by the Central Bank of Nicaragua:

For the eighth consecutive year, Nicaragua continued to register a positive macroeconomic performance.  Economic activity and job creation continued to grow and inflation remained stable, reaching a cumulative variation of 5.68 percent.  The management of public finances continued to be prudent, international reserves were strengthened, while the financial system remained sound.  An improved international context and good rainfall favored growth of exports, as well as an increase in the flow of family remittances and tourism which contributed to the strengthening of the country's external position.

Therefore, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) recorded robust growth of 4.9 percent in 2017, in line with expectations. With this result, Nicaragua has achieved an average growth of 5.2 percent in the 2010-2017 period. This sustained rate of economic growth allowed for a per capita GDP of $2,161 in 2017 and has favored an improvement in poverty indicators.

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"Nicaragua's main challenge is to maintain strong, sustainable and inclusive growth in the context of increased uncertainty regarding global trade and economic activity."

From a press release by the IMF:

  • Despite challenging external conditions, economic activity remains buoyant
  • The financial system appears to be robust, notwithstanding strong credit growth
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The Nicaraguan economy continues to record high growth rates and sustainable macroeconomic policies, with an average GDP growth of 5.2% in recent years.

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