03.Jun .2021 11:30

Georgia's Sovereign Rating Was Gradually Up From 2017 – NBG

Georgia's Sovereign Rating Was Gradually Up From 2017 – NBG
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Koba Gvenetadze, President of the National Bank of Georgia declares, that Georgia’s sovereign rating is gradually improved from 2017. According to him, such assessment of the Georgian investment environment by international rating agencies strengthens the confidence of international institutions and investors in Georgia.

"In 2020, amid the global pandemic, the National Bank of Georgia's efforts to maintain a stable macroeconomic and financial environment was reflected in the maintenance of Georgia's credit ratings by international rating agencies. It should be noted that since 2017, Georgia's sovereign rating has gradually increased. Namely, in 2017, the rating company Moody’s increased Georgia's sovereign credit rating to Ba2. In 2019, the international rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) raised Georgia's sovereign rating to "BB", with a stable outlook. In the same year, Fitch Ratings, the second-largest international rating agency, increased Georgia's sovereign credit rating from "BB-" to "BB".

Due to the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on tourism and related business activities, as well as increasing fiscal pressures and external risks due to health and social needs, Fitch Ratings in 2020 and Standard & Poor's downgraded the country's outlook from stable to negative, but left the rating at the "BB" level again”, Koba Gvenetadze said.

According to the head of NBG, keeping the rating in such a difficult and challenging period is due to the success that Georgia has achieved through consistent macroeconomic policies in the face of the current pandemic and global uncertainty, despite growing external risks.

“Such an assessment of Georgia's investment environment by international rating agencies further strengthens the confidence of international institutions and investors in Georgia. An important expression of this is the successful refinancing of Eurobonds, which coupon rate is down by about 2.5 times compared to 2011 (from 6.875% to 2.75%), despite the global risks", - said Gvenetadze.