The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has raised inflation expectations in Azerbaijan for this year to 4.5%, one percentage point higher than the previous forecast,
According to the ADO 2021, next year, inflation will be 3% in Azerbaijan.
This figure will be 9.5% in Georgia, 6.9% in Kazakhstan, and 5.5% in Armenia in 2021. Next year, inflation in these countries will be 4%, 6.4%, and 3%, respectively.
The ADB has increased the inflation
The Azerbaijani government forecasts average annual inflation at 5.4-5.8% and annual inflation at 7-7.5% this year. In 2022, annual inflation is projected at 4-5%.
According to official statistics, the inflation rate in August was 0.5%, while the 12-month increase in the general price level was 6.7%. The average annual inflation was 4.8% in January-August. Average annual core inflation, excluding government-regulated prices as well as seasonally sensitive agricultural products, was 3% in January-August 2021.
In August, the food price index rose 0.8%, and annual food inflation was 7.8%. The average annual food inflation was 5.4% in January-August. Historical analysis of seasonal factors shows that in the last decade, cumulative deflation of food products was observed in May-August of each year, while in the reporting period of the current year, there was only 0.8% deflation. Food inflation is seriously affected by the continuing rise in world food prices. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, world food prices rose by 3.1% in August and 32.9% over the past year.
In August, prices for non-food products and services rose by 0.3% and 0.2%, respectively. On an annual basis, inflation was 5% for non-food products and 6.4% for services.