BAKU, Azerbaijan, August 17
By Tamilla Mammadova – Trend:
The leading investment bank in Georgia Galt and Taggart revised 2021 growth upwards to 8.6 percent in Georgia, Trend reports via the Galt and Taggart.
“The recovery has gained impressive traction since April 2021” – says the recent report pointing at figures. The real GDP growth came in at 29.8 percent year-on-year in 2Q2021 after shrinking 4.5 percent year-on-year in 1Q2021," said the report.
As a result, the economy expanded by 12.7 percent year-on-year in 1H2021, surpassing also pre-pandemic level (1H2019) by 5.7 percent. The recovery was supported by removing mobility restrictions, robust growth in remittances and exports, and a faster than expected rebound in tourism, along with fiscal stimulus.
Growth was broad-based with the hospitality sector boosted by resumed tourism and lifting of restrictions, manufacturing benefited from global commodity price growth, while trade was supported by a recovery in regional economies (notable growth in car re-exports and copper) as well as strong local demand. Construction was boosted by public infrastructure spending along with strong private sector activity on the back of improved sentiments.
"External inflows posted strong growth in 1H2021, but imports (+18.9 percent year-on-year) also increased amid strong demand. Notably, remittances and goods exports surpassed pre-pandemic levels and strong external inflows expected to contribute to a narrowing of the current account deficit to 9.5 percent of GDP in 2021 from 12.5 percent of GDP in 2020”, the report said.
“If Georgia avoids strict COVID-related restrictions and vaccination accelerates, we also see the likelihood of higher growth at 11.2 percent in 2021. For 2022, we forecast growth to remain solid at 5.7 percent and to support strong growth momentum from 2023 we see need to attract FDI”, says Galt and Taggart.
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