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Argentina is officially the country with the highest inflation in the world after surpassing Lebanon

Argentina is officially the country with the highest inflation in the world after surpassing Lebanon

This economic panorama raises questions about the measures necessary to reverse the trend and the actions that the new government must implement to stabilize the economy and improve the living conditions of the population.

The incoming administration, headed by Javier Milei since December 10, faces the challenge of reversing the inflationary trend and stabilizing the economy.

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Argentina officially achieved the unwanted title of being the country with the highest inflation rate in the worldsurpassing Lebanon and Venezuela. With a worrying 211.4% year-on-year inflation, the country stands out as the only one with a figure that exceeds 200%. This unenviable achievement occurs in a context where the majority of countries, even in Latin Americaexperience considerably lower inflation rates.

Lebanon’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) experienced a 192% year-on-year increase in Decemberalthough the inflation rate compared to the previous month remained at a modest 0.02%, as reported by the Central Administration of Statistics in its statement on Monday.

In contrast, when comparing the CPI with the month of November in that Middle Eastern country, a minimum increase of 0.02% was recorded, with notable increases in sectors such as leisure, with almost 8%; clothing, with almost 4.7%; and food, with 3.4%.

Impact in Latin America

In a panorama where most countries in the region maintain inflation rates below 10%, Argentina and Venezuela stand out with very high figures. While Argentina closed 2023 with a Consumer Price Index of 211.4%, Venezuela recorded 193%, marking a significant decrease from 305% in 2022.

He National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INDEC) reports that the revealed index is the highest in three decades, recalling the economic challenges of the hyperinflation period of the late 1980s and early 1990s. The current economic management, marked by the transition between the governments of Alberto Fernández and Javier Mileihas exacerbated the inflationary spiral, with a monthly increase of 25.5% in December.

Challenges for the Government

The incoming administration, headed by Javier Milei since December 10, faces the challenge of reversing the inflationary trend and stabilizing the economy. The measures taken during the Alberto Fernández government contributed to the increase in the price index, aggravated by currency devaluation and the liberalization of some prices. The new president finds himself at a crucial crossroads to avoid hyperinflation and restore confidence in the Argentine economy.

The increase in prices directly affects the population, especially in sectors such as goods and services, health, transportation and food. With an increase of 32.7% in these sectors, Argentines face greater economic challenges in the midst of a crisis that deepens with the change in management.

Source: Ambito

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