Hungary central banker says rating upgrade supports monetary policy

BUDAPEST, Feb 16 (Reuters) - National Bank of Hungary Deputy Governor Marton Nagy has welcomed an upgrade of the country's debt rating, saying it supported the central bank's monetary policy via lower risk premiums.

Standard and Poor's upgraded Hungary's rating on Friday citing solid economic growth and a downward debt path.

Nagy said in a statement late on Friday the upgrade would help the NBH focus on inflation to reach its 3 percent CPI goal in a sustainable manner.

"All in all, the rate decision can help us to make monetary policy even more efficient," Nagy said. (Reporting by Marton Dunai; Editing by Mark Potter)