Net International Reserves – November 2017

Net International Reserves

Jamaica’s Net International Reserves totaled US$3,116.22 million as at November 2017, reflecting an increase of US$31.24 million relative to the US$3,084.98 million reported as at the end of September 2017 (see figure 1).

Changes in the NIR resulted from an increase in Foreign Assets of US$26.33 million to total US$3,685.59 million compared to the US$3,659.26 million reported for October 2017. ‘Currency & Deposits’ contributed the most to the growth in Foreign Assets. This as ‘Currency & Deposits’ as at November 2017 totaled US$3,115.05 million reflecting an increase of US$41.43 million compared to US$3,073.61 million booked as at September 2017.

Securities amounted to US$300.31 million; US$11.13 million less than the US$311.44 million reported in September 2017. Foreign Liabilities for November 2017 amounted to US$569.38 million. Liabilities to the IMF accounted for 100% of total foreign liabilities totaling posting a US$4.90 million decline month over month from October 2017.

At its current value, the NIR is US$559.79 million more than its total of US$2,556.43 million as at the end of November 2016. The current reserve is able to support approximately 39.13 weeks of goods imports or 22.66 weeks of goods and services imports.

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The country surpassed the benchmark of US$2.54 billion outlined by the International Monetary Fund in the 14th Review and Adjusted Agreement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF). Jamaica and the IMF have entered into a New Agreement to support growth and create jobs with the international body citing, “Jamaica has made good progress under the previous IMF – support program.” As such the entity has approved a new US$1.64 billion loan for the country. According to the IMF the loan is, “despite the toll of weather swings on growth, Jamaica’s unemployment rate is at 8-year low, with record high employment levels. Inflation is modest, and expectations are anchored in the medium-term target range of 4-6 percent. Non-borrowed net international reserves remain above the program target, supported by robust tourism inflows and a moderate current account deficit.” As such the Net International Reserve (NIR) target outlined as per the new agreement for the 2017/18 fiscal year is US$3.02 billion (see figure 2 above).