Monetary Policy

Fiji 2001 budget forecasts slow economic recovery

Fiji's post-coup government on Wednesday delivered its calendar 2001 budget, predicting a slow recovery in the South Pacific nation's economy which has been battered by a nationalist coup and failed military mutiny. The central bank has predicted that…

Mboweni says rand's fall due to external factors

The South African rand was pummelled Tuesday by external factors such as escalating tensions in the Middle East, dollar strength, the anticipated outcome of the US elections and a failure by the European Central Bank to intervene on behalf of the…

Economists hit Malaysia's dollar peg

Malaysia should get rid of its currency peg to the dollar and fix the exchange rate to a trade-weighted basket of currencies instead, said several economists speaking at a conference in Kuala Lumpur.

Taiwan BoP suffers from capital flight

After eight quarters in surplus, Taiwan's balance of international payments fell into deficit territory in the third quarter of this year as the result of a sharp fall in the capital account, the Central Bank of China revealed yesterday.

BoE issues inflation warning on wages

The Bank of England has released a report, co-written by chief economist Charlie Bean and other bank staff, warning that an increase in the share of national income being taken by wages may lead to a rise in inflation.

Sarkinas: no policy change until after mid-2001

Reinoldijus Sarkinas, governor of the Bank of Lithuania, met with the IMF mission headed by Patricia Alonso-Gamo. He reiterated that decisions about the planned repegging of the national currency, the litas, from the US dollar to the euro would not be…

Calls for fundamental reform of the ECB

The UK government's favourite foreign policy think-tank has published a paper calling for fundamental reform of the European Central Bank and European economic policy-making to restore confidence in the euro.

Svein Gjedrem: Norwegian monetary policy

At a conference held in Copenhagen on 17 November 2000, Mr Svein Gjedrem, governor of the Norges Bank, gives a speech on Norwegian monetary policy. Mr Svein Gjedrem discusses the relationship between the special structure of the Norwegian economy and…

SARB maintains monetary stance

South African Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni Thursday said the central bank's current monetary policy stance would be maintained. This in line with most economists' expectations that interest rates would remain unchanged at the bank's six-weekly…

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