Paraguay cbank sees 1%-1.5% GDP growth in 2000

Paraguay's economy is expected to have grown 1%-1.5% by the end of 2000, according to preliminary data, the country's central bank president Washington Ashwell said Tuesday. The economic expansion will be lower than originally hoped for but an improvement over gross domestic product growth of only 0.5% in 1999, Ashwell said.

Accumulated inflation for the year through December 15 was 8.6 percent, higher than the 5.4 percent seen in all of 1999, he said. Exports will have declined by 15 percent