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Kazakhstan’s Senate ratifies Agreement on concerted principles of currency policies

05 may 2011, 12:01
Photo courtesy of hozu.parlam.kz
Photo courtesy of hozu.parlam.kz
Kazakhstan’s Senate has ratified the Agreement on concerted principles of currency policies signed in Moscow in December 2010 by the Customs Union states, Novosti-Kazakhstan reported.

The sides undertake to harmonize approaches to forming their respective currency policies and to stagedly put in place legal frameworks to facilitate integration in the currency realm.

The sides undertake to pursue an economic policy to raise confidence in the national currencies of the Customs Union states both inside and outside their respective currency markets.

Earlier Gregory Marchenko, Chairman of the National Bank, underlined that the Customs Union member states – Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus – should pursue a concerted currency policy in order to prevent exchange rates steep fluctuations of the countries’ currencies.

Mr. Marchenko cited example of concerted currency policy of the European countries: before the introduction of the single currency they undertook not to devalue their national currencies by more than 5%.

“I believe we should move in the same direction”, Chairman of the National Bank said. “Should central banks of the Customs Union member states take some actions related to their currency exchange rates, it would be wise to make sure these actions are concerted …and [devaluation/appreciation] figures are the similar”.

The Customs Union between Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus came into existence on January 1, 2010 to boost trade and investment. According to the statement made at the press-conference in Minsk, the Customs Union was formed on the WTO principles.

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