Monetary Policy September 2018

Press Release


During its meeting of September 21, 2018, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC)2 of the Centrale Bank van
Aruba (CBA) decided to keep the reserve requirement at 11.0 percent and to uphold the advance rate at 1.0
percent, after reviewing the most recent economic and monetary data. The following information and
analysis were considered in reaching this decision, based on July 2018 data.

International reserves
Both the international reserves (+1.8 percent) and official reserves (+3.0 percent) recorded growth in the
first seven months of 2018. Consequently, the international reserves and the official reserves reached,
respectively, Afl. 1,857.6 million and Afl. 1,698.1 million at end‐July 2018.

Credit developments
Growth in total commercial bank credit remained positive (+1.9 percent) in July 2018, compared to
December 2017. This development was mainly driven by surges in housing mortgages, commercial
mortgages, and current account loans.

Inflation
The 12‐month average rate of inflation rose to 1.3 percent in July 2018, compared to −0.5 percent in
December 2017, primarily the result of an uptick in the transport, food, and recreation and culture
components. The 12‐month core inflation (excluding energy and food) reached 0.8 percent, an increase of
0.6 percentage point.

Tourism
During the first seven months of 2018, tourism indicators development noted upturns, as growth was
registered in tourist arrivals (+2.0 percent), visitor nights (+2.0 percent), and cruise visitor arrivals (+3.6
percent).

Money supply
In July 2018, money supply registered an increase of Afl. 181.1 million to Afl. 4,388.4 million compared to
December 2017, resulting from expansions in the net domestic assets (+Afl. 133.1 million) and in the net
foreign assets (+Afl. 48.0 million, excluding revaluation differences).

Centrale Bank van Aruba
December 3, 2018

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