The Zambian inflation rate for 2017 has been targeted at 9.0 percent. Is this target going to be met in 2017?
The inflation target of 9.0 per cent for 2017 was announced by the Minister of Finance Felix C. Mutati, MP on Friday 11 November 2016.
To have an idea of how the actual Zambian inflation rate will be for 2017, let's look at the previous years' performances. This will give us insight of where we are coming from and where we are going.
In the year 2016, the annual rate of inflation was targeted at 7 per cent and December 2016, was close on target, closing the year at 7.5 percent.
The 2015 annual rate of inflation was targeted at 7 per cent. However, due to external pressures such falling international copper prices, the actual achievement in December 2015 was 21.1 per cent.
In the year 2012, the Zambian government missed the set inflation target for the year 2012. December 2012 closed at 7.3 per cent against the predicted target of 7.0 per cent.
The country was aiming for 7 percent in 2011. The actual turned out to be 7.2 percent.
In the year 2010, the year-end inflation was set at 8.0 percent.
Come the month of December 2010, Zambia's inflation rate closed at 7.9 percent.
The 2009 Zambia inflation projection was fairly accurate. The year closed at 9.9 percent. The inflation target was projected at 10 percent.
The 2008 Zambia inflation target was set at 7 percent. By December 2008, the inflation rate was 16.6 percent, missed by 9.6 percent!
Now check out the following monthly Zambian inflation rates from the year 2008 to date...
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