Friday 19th December 2008
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A new clause has been added to the PTA stating that "The government's economic objective is to promote a growing, open and competitive economy as the best means of delivering permanently higher incomes and living standards for New Zealanders. Price stability plays an important part in supporting this objective".
Under the PTA, the central bank is required to keep annual inflation between 1% and 3% on average, over the medium term. Inflation accelerated to more than 5% in the third quarter and is expected to dissipate rapidly as demand falters in a shrinking economy.
English and Bollard reiterated their support for the PTA as the best way to help the economy return to "a sustainable, stronger growth path over time, notwithstanding the current very difficult international environment, according to the statement.
Bollard this month slashed the official cash rate by 150 basis points to 5% to revive the economy, amid signs of a prolonged worldwide economic slump.
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