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Belarus' gold, forex reserves at $7bn

Economy 07.08.2018 | 10:30

MINSK, 7 August (BelTA) – Belarus' gold and foreign exchange reserves totaled $7 billion as of 1 August 2018, BelTA learned from the Information and PR Department of the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus (NBRB).

According to the preliminary data, Belarus' international reserve assets made up $7,030.2 billion as of 1 August.

In July 2018, gold and foreign exchange reserves went up by $198.8 million (by 2.9%) after a decrease of $108.2 million (1.6%) in June 2018.

Belarus' gold and foreign exchange reserves were bolstered thanks to the purchase of foreign currency by the National Bank via the Belarusian Currency Stock Exchange, the budget revenues, including export duties on oil and oil products and revenues from selling government bonds nominated in foreign currency by the central bank and the Finance Ministry.

The National Bank and the government of the Republic of Belarus honored the foreign and domestic obligations in foreign currency in the amount of $450 million. According to the country's main monetary guidelines for 2018 the volume of international reserve assets, taking into account the honoring of domestic and foreign commitments in foreign currency should reach at least $6 billion on 1 January 2019.

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