An address by Lesetja Kganyago,Governor of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), at the ninety-ninth annual Ordinary General Meeting
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2023-11-08, 11:08 AM
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The past year began with significant challenges for emerging markets, including South Africa. In contrast to the synchronised pickup in economic growth of 2017, which had surprised most observers by its magnitude, the major economies began to display divergent growth patterns in 2018. While the United States (US) maintained a strong pace of growth amid a sizable fiscal stimulus and a buoyant labour market, the eurozone and Japan lost some momentum. Chinese demand felt the negative impact of earlier monetary and regulatory tightening. Growth in world trade volumes also began to slow, a move that was exacerbated by a flare-up in trade tensions as the US slapped tariff increases on certain imports.