Country Report Bangladesh July 2000 Updater

Economic forecast.

Forecast summary (% unless otherwise indicated) 1998(a) 1999(b) 2000© 2001© Real GDP growth(d) 5.7 5.2(a) 5.3 5.2 Industrial production growth 4.0 3.6 4.2 5.8 Agricultural production growth 2.9 5.0(a) 4.9 4.3 Gross fixed investment growth(d) 10.0(b) 12.7 8.9 9.9 Unemployment rate (av) 2.4(b) 2.4 2.4 2.5 Consumer price inflation Average 8.3 6.3 5.8 6.2 Short-term interbank rate 14.0 14.1(a) 13.5 13.5 Government balance (% of GDP) -5.4(b) -6.6 -6.3 -5.3 Exports of goods fob (US$ bn) 5.1 5.5 5.8 6.6 Imports of goods fob (US$ bn) -6.7 -7.4 -7.8 -8.2 Current-account balance (US$ bn) 0.0 -0.3 -0.5 -0.4 % of GDP -0.1 -0.8 -1.4 -0.9 Total foreign debt (year-end; US$ bn) 16.4 17.1 17.2 18.0 Exchange rates (av) Tk:US$ 46.91 49.09 51.79 54.46 Tk:¥100 35.83 43.09 48.17 52.24 Tk:?(e) 52.53 52.29 50.19 56.63 (a) Actual. (b) EIU estimates. © EIU forecasts. (d) Fiscal years. (d) Ecu before 1999.

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