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Fitch: Azerbaijan’s economy to grow 3.5% in 2019

Fitch: Azerbaijan’s economy to grow 3.5% in 2019
Azerbaijan’s economy will grow 3.5 percent in 2019, Trend reports with reference to Fitch Ratings. Fitch Ratings has affirmed Azerbaijan’s Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'BB+' with a Stable Outlook. The growth is supported by the coming on stream of Shah Deniz 2 gas field and investments stemming from the extension of the production sharing agreement for the exploitation of the country’s largest oil field, reads the report. "Tourism and agriculture will foster non-oil sector growth,” the report said. "The assets of the Sovereign Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) increased by 9 percent in January-October 2018 to $39 billion ($35.8 billion in 2017),” reads the report. "We forecast sovereign net foreign assets (SNFA) at 75.4 percent of GDP in 2018.” Banking sector health is improving in Azerbaijan, according to the report. "Credit growth recovered to 7 percent in 2018, supported by lower interest rates, and capitalization improved to 19.5 percent (excluding International Bank of Azerbaijan; IBA) at end-2018,” the report said.

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