Net International Reserves- February 2020

Date: March 09, 2020

Jamaica’s Net International Reserves (NIR) totaled US$3,131.28 million as at February 2020, reflecting an increase of US$37.03 million relative to the US$3,094.25 million reported as at the end of January 2020 (see figure 1).

Changes in the NIR resulted from an increase in Foreign Assets of US$35.79 million to total US$3,596.59 million compared to the US$3,560.81 million reported for January 2020. ‘Currency & Deposits’ contributed the most to the increase in Foreign Assets. ‘Currency & Deposits’ as at February 2020 totaled US$3,048.39 million reflecting an increase of US$40.76 million compared to US$3,007.63 million booked as at January 2020.

‘Securities’ amounted to US$323.47 million; US$1.31 million less than the US$324.78 million reported in January 2020. Foreign Liabilities for February 2020 amounted to US$465.32 million compared to the US$466.56 million reported for January 2020. Liabilities to the IMF accounted for 100% of total foreign liabilities, reflecting a US$1.24 million decrease month over month from January 2020.

At its current value, the NIR is US$123.79 million more than its total of US$3,007.49 million as at the end of February 2019. The current reserve is able to support approximately 33.41 weeks of goods imports or 22.64 weeks of goods and services imports.

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The country came in below the benchmark of US$3.22 billion outlined by the International Monetary Fund for March 2019, closing the fiscal year at US$3.08 billion, US$0.13 million below targeted amount.

Notably, on November 07, 2019, Jamaica has successfully concluded its economic reform program, which was supported by a US$1.66 billion Stand-By Arrangement from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The Net International Reserve (NIR) target outlined as per the new agreement for the 2019/20 fiscal year is US$3.155 billion (see figure 2 above). As at February 2020, the Country is US$0.02 million below targeted amount.



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