European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) forecasts that Kazakhstan’s 2015 GDP growth rate will make up 1.5%, according to the Bank’s report on the regional economy prospects.
Back in September 2014 the Bank had estimated the country’s 2015 growth rate at 5.1%.
“Given external economic conditions, the GDP growth rate is expected at 1.5%, with the inflation rate standing at 6.5%”, the statement reads.
In 2014 the economic growth rate decreased to 4.3% from 6% in 2013. According to the Bank, the slowdown is assigned to the Ukrainian crisis, ensuing economic downturn in Russia and sanctions imposed on Russia by a number of Western countries, as well as by falling prices for major commodities.
“External negative factors were exacerbated by the share of NPLs in the country's banking system standing at 30%», the statement reads.