Turkmenistan: Economy

Growth moderated to 6.2% in 2016. While inflation also declined slightly, the current account deficit was wider, driven by higher service imports and lower hydrocarbon exports. Growth is projected to return to 6.5% in 2017 and accelerate to 7.0% in 2018, with some rise in inflation and a narrower current account deficit as prices for hydrocarbons improve. Private sector development is key to diversifying growth. Read more from Asian Development Outlook 2017


Economic forecasts for Central Asian countries

Country 2017f 2018f
Armenia 2.2 2.5
Azerbaijan –1.1 1.2
Georgia 3.8 4.5
Kazakhstan 2.6 2.9
Kyrgyz Republic 3.0 3.5
Tajikistan 4.8 5.5
Turkmenistan 6.5 7.0
Uzbekistan 7.0 7.3
Average 3.2 3.8
Country 2017f 2018f
Armenia 1.2 1.8
Azerbaijan 9.0 8.0
Georgia 4.2 4.5
Kazakhstan 8.0 7.0
Kyrgyz Republic 5.0 4.0
Tajikistan 8.0 7.0
Turkmenistan 6.0 6.0
Uzbekistan 9.5 10.0
Average 8.1 7.4
Country 2017f 2018f
Armenia –2.3 –2.0
Azerbaijan 5.9 11.4
Georgia –12.0 –11.5
Kazakhstan –3.4 –3.0
Kyrgyz Republic –13.0 –13.5
Tajikistan –5.5 –6.0
Turkmenistan –15.0 –13.0
Uzbekistan 0.2 0.4
Average –3.0 –1.7

f = forecast number.

Source: Asian Development Outlook 2017