EBRD cuts investments in Russia by 30 percent last year to $1.8 billion

16.01.2014 15:34
EBRD cuts investments in Russia by 30 percent last year to $1.8 billion

YEREVAN, January 16. / ARKA /. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said Wednesday it had cut investment in new projects in Russia in 2013.

The bank said that its new investments in Russia fell sharply, from 2.6 billion euros ($3.54 bln) in 2012 to 1.8 billion euros ($2.46 bln) last year, reflecting “particularly difficult economic and investment conditions” in the country.

“However, Russia has been and remains the largest country of operations for the EBRD and the Bank is fully committed to continuing its very deep involvement in the country,” the bank said in a statement.

Russia recorded average annual growth of 7 percent between 2000 and 2008. The economy rebounded after a 2009 recession, but slowed from 4.3 percent growth in 2011 to 3.4 percent growth in 2012.

Last year, Russia’s gross domestic product grew by an estimated 1.4 percent, its lowest level since the 2009 recession.

The Economy Ministry revised long-term growth forecasts in November and now expects GDP to expand 2.5 percent annually through 2030, significantly below a forecast for the global economy of more than 3.5 percent. -0-


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