Gross foreign exchange and Gold reserves, including the gross reserves of the National Bank and National Fund, in Kazakhstan grew by 4.4% to US$82.7-B in February, the National Bank Chairman Grigorii Marchenko said at Tuesday press conference in Almaty. According to him, the reserves grew 13.3% in the 1st 2 months, the National Fund contained US$47.41-B as at the end of February.

The National Bank's gross international reserves rose 20.6% in the 2 months and 4.9% in February to US$35.4-B. Its net international reserves rose 21% in the 2 months and 5.1% in February to US$34.8-B.

Net Forex assets grew 19.5% in the 2 months and 5% in February to US$30.072-B, and Gold assets grew 27.2 and 5.4%, respectively, to US$5.281-B.

It's reported that the monetary base grew 2.5% in February and 22.3% in January-February to US$23.45-B. The narrow base, which does not include the term deposits of commercial banks with the National Bank, widened 3.8% in February to US$22.2-B.

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