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Tunisia’s Dinar Hits Record Low Versus Dollar

Tunisia’s Dinar Hits Record Low Versus Dollar

Saturday, 30 April, 2022 - 07:15
A man displays Tunisian dinar banknotes after withdrawing cash from an ATM machine in Tunis, Tunisia, on May 25, 2021. (Reuters)

Tunisia’s dinar currency has fallen to record lows versus the dollar, driven down by high inflation, a worsening trade deficit and the severe impact of the Ukraine crisis on public finances.

It traded at 3.074 against the dollar on Thursday, central bank data showed on Friday.

Energy Minister Naila Nouira said on Thursday that Tunisia faces additional budget losses of about $1.31 billion because of the war in Ukraine, which has caused global energy and some food prices to soar.

Earlier this month, the state statistics institute said Tunisia’s trade deficit had widened to 4.3 billion dinars ($1.41 billion) in Q1 2022, up from three billion dinars in the same period last year.

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