According to the preliminary data, Belarus’ gold and foreign currency reserves totaled $7,246.4 million as of September 1, if calculated in accordance with methods of the International Monetary Fund, the Information and PR Department of the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus reported.
In August the country’s gold and foreign currency reserves went up by $216.2 million (or up 3.1%) following the July growth of $198.8 million (2.9%). 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.
In August the National Bank and the government of the Republic of Belarus honored the foreign and domestic obligations in foreign currency in the amount of about $190 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 January 1, 2019. (BelTA/Business World Magazine)