The recent rise of the dollar in Argentina had some impact in Uruguay, where it has an accumulation of 7.4% in May. However, for the president of the Central Bank of Uruguay, Mario Bergara, the escalation only owes 20% to the exchange rate in Argentina and rather considers that Uruguay is accompanying global trends.
Consumer prices in Uruguay rose 0.68% in March, the government said in a statement on Wednesday, bringing the country's 12-month inflation rate to 6.81%. It was the first time since December 2010 that Uruguayan inflation was within the country's 3% to 7% target range.
Uruguay's central bank was forced to sell almost 65 million dollars on Tuesday, the highest volume so far this year, to keep the US dollar from ballooning as fears of the collapse of the Brazilian economy are felt through the region. The dollar finally ended trading with a slight 0.12% increase at 28,826 Pesos to the greenback.
Uruguay's economy is strong enough to navigate in a challenging global and regional environment in which the U.S. dollar is strong and inflation is starting to rise, Uruguayan Central Bank, (BCU), chairman Mario Bergara said during a conference in Montevideo where he discussed the central bank's mission in the current world environment.
Uruguay's Economy Minister Mario Bergara and Vicepresident Danilo Astori agree on how Russia's situation will affect the South American country's trade balance and whether it may or may not have a direct impact on beef exports.
Consumers could have saved as much as US$ 167 million had fuel been imported directly instead of oil being refined by ANCAP. Mario Bergara deems it to be overblown
Standard & Poor's (S&P) decided on Tuesday to maintain Uruguay's sovereign debt risk rating unchanged at the lowest investment grade BBB-, because although it has solid growth prospects, predictable policies and a favorable debt profile, the country still has limited fiscal and monetary flexibility and lives in a neighborhood experimenting 'economic stress'.
Minister of Economy Mario Bergara addressed on Tuesday the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington and said Uruguay was a good place to invest because despite being a small market, it was a good launching pad to develop in the region.
Uruguay's fiscal deficit climbed to 3.2% of GDP during March, the highest since October 2003, --equivalent to 1.69 billion dollars--, but Economy minister Mario Bergara said that there is no risk for the sustainability of public accounts or sustainability of current macroeconomic policies.
Inflation in Uruguay during March reached 0.58% accumulating 4.74% in the first quarter and 9.73% in the last twelve months, which is seen as 'positive' and an indication that recent measures to contain prices are 'being successful', according to Economy minister Mario Bergara.