Egypt’s Budget Deficit Down to 8 % of GDP

Egypt’s Budget Deficit Down to 8 % of GDP
Egypt’s Petroleum Minister Sherif Ismail talks during an interview with Reuters on investments undertaken by his country, which is facing an energy crisis, at his office in Cairo September 22, 2014. Egypt plans to invest $14.5 billion in developing its refining and petrochemicals sectors over the next five years, Ismail said, as part of efforts to overcome an energy crisis that has led to near-daily power cuts and hit company profits. Picture taken September 22. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh (EGYPT – Tags: ENERGY POLITICS BUSINESS)

Egypt’s budget deficit for the first nine months of the FY2016-17 ending in June dipped to 8% of GDP from 9.4% during the same period last year, Invest-Gate reports.

The government said in April that it expects the budget deficit for this fiscal year to hit 10.9% of GDP. It is looking to bring this down to 9.1% during the next fiscal year.

Recent gas discoveries in Zohr, Atoll and North Alexandria oil fields will allow a drop in oil imports to two cargoes a month instead of 12 currently, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said. He did not specify when the government expects to reach that target, according to Reuters.

Egypt’s finance minister said on March 16 that the second tranche of a USD 12 bn three-year International Monetary Fund loan programme to support government efforts to reduce the budget deficit and balance Egypt’s currency market is expected to be paid in May or June.


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