In Seychelles IMF raises GDP growth forecast for 2015

It said inflation was expected to fall to 4.4 percent by the end of the year, thanks to low food and oil prices and a tight monetary policy.

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) logo is seen at the IMF headquarters building during the 2013 Spring Meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington, April 18, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas play The International Monetary Fund (IMF) logo is seen at the IMF headquarters building during the 2013 Spring Meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington, April 18, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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The International Monetary Fund expects Seychelles' economy to expand by 4.3 percent this year, more than its earlier 3.5 percent forecast, helped by improved tourism sector performance and private sector credit

Tourism is a major economic activity in the Indian Ocean archipelago.

"Reflecting strong tourist arrivals and expanding credit to the private sector, economic growth for 2015 has been revised up," IMF said in a statement late on Wednesday.

"The growth outlook for 2016 remains positive, despite economic headwinds in China and Europe, which are important source markets for tourists in Seychelles."

Seychelles' economy grew by 3.3 percent in 2014.

It said inflation was expected to fall to 4.4 percent by the end of the year, thanks to low food and oil prices and a tight monetary policy.

Inflation stood a 4.5 percent year-on-year in September from 4.6 percent a month earlier.

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