Peruvian inflation winds down 2021 at 13-year peak
by SOURAV D | VIEW 1300
On Saturday, Peruvian Government data had unveiled that the LATAM economy largely depending on its mineral output, had rounded off 2021 with an inflation rate of 6.43 per cent, hitting the highest level in more than 13 years as import prices of basic goods such as household items and medicines soared amid a global-scale supply chain restrain. In point of fact, core inflation indicator of the Peruvian economy which happens to be the world’s largest mineral producer, had been witnessing a nearly two- to three-fold surge of its Central Bank’s target range. Nevertheless, Peruvian Central Bank has had a target to maintain the nation’s annual inflation rate between 1 per cent to 3 per cent.
Peruvian inflation hits 13-year peak
According to data from INEI (National Institute of Statistics and Information), consumer price index in Peru’s Lima Metropolitan region, witnessed as a national benchmark as the country’s overall inflation rate, had witnessed a meteoric upswing due to an unfathomable scale of upsurge in prices of foods, fuels, transportation alongside energy.
Nonetheless, the Governor of Peru’s Central Bank, Julio Velarde said last month that a blistering uptick in the country’s inflation indicators was almost entirely driven by higher prices of imported goods alongside a devaluation of the country’s local currency against American Dollar.
Besides, a pandemic-led hit on the country’s mining sector alongside a high-pitched battle over operations following activists’ claims to shut in a number of mines due to higher pollution, had added to further holocaust on the country’s FX reserves, eventually leading to a sharp depreciation of local currency, raising expenses of imports higher.
Nonetheless, the Peruvian Central Bank had forecasted that the country’s inflation would fall to a 2.9 per cent in 2022 and 2.1 per cent in 2023.