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Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean 2006-2007

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The publication surveys the main economic events and developments of 2006 and the first half of 2007 in the light of the region’s recent economic performance. The fifty-ninth edition of the survey is aimed to provide further inputs for the economic debates concerning means of promoting a rapid, sustainable growth process capable of creating conditions conducive to an improvement in the living conditions in the region. It also describes various aspects of the regions economic growth dynamics. The tables provided in the statistical appendix provide ready access to data for recent years and facilitate the creation of spreadsheets. The edition is supplemented by a CD-ROM.

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Paraguay

The Paraguayan economy’s expansion by 4.2% in 2006 was driven by the service sector, which registered an exceptionally high growth rate of 6.3%. The agricultural sector recorded a moderate upturn of 0.6% in what turned out to be the third consecutive year of drought. The livestock sector expanded by 9%, with meat exports soaring by 67% as a consequence of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Brazil and the restrictions placed on Argentine meat exports. The current account showed a deficit of around 2% of GDP despite these results, but the capital and financial account reflected substantial inflows of foreign exchange into the country which resulted in a 13% appreciation of the guaraní against the United States dollar. Inflation rebounded considerably in the last three months to close the year at 12.5%, mainly due to supply constraints in the fruit and vegetable sector.

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