Reduction of Georgia’s current account deficit: a new trend?
Traditionally, Georgia has a high current account deficit, which averaged 13% of GDP between 2007 and 2016. This has caused some concern, as it makes the country vulnerable to external shocks. However, in the last two years, Georgia’s current account deficit has been declining, standing at “only” 7.7% of GDP in 2018.
This positive development has come mostly on the back of an increase in exports of services, which is the result of a booming tourism sector. Moreover, remittances have been strong, reaching record Levels of about USD 1.6 bn in 2018.