The economy rebounded strongly from the pandemic recession last year while prudent macroeconomic management maintained robust buffers. But the war in Ukraine and the international sanctions imposed on Russia and Belarus have resulted in significant spillovers to Moldova, with implications yet to fully play out. At the outbreak of hostilities, FX market pressures triggered significant foreign currency interventions and bank deposit withdrawals, while dollarization has intensified. Moldova has received the highest per capita inflow of Ukrainian refugees (17 percent of the total population), of which about 100,000 refugees (4 percent of the total population) remain in Moldova. Driven by rising food and energy prices, inflation accelerated further above the target band.
package has been developed in case a materialization of severe downside risks threatens macroeconomic and financial stability. These measures would be used in combination with a broader macroeconomic adjustment package and in close consultation with IMF staff.
Continuous commitment to reforms
The authoritiesinMoldova wish to emphasize their strong and continued commitment to the program . Their adherence to the reform strategy anchored by the program remains unwavering, despite the current challenging environment. The authorities’ first line of defense against