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Lusa - Business News - Angola: Budget surplus seen in 2021 after projected 2020 deficit of 4% of GDP




Luanda, July 14,2020 (Lusa)-Angola is expected to return to positive budget balances in 2021, following a projected deficit equivalent to 4% of gross domestic product this year, said the president, João Lourenço, in a message to members of parliament.
João Lourenço's message was read out in the assembly on Tuesday by the minister of state for economic coordination, Manuel Nunes Júnior, in opening a debate on the revised state budget for 2020, which is being given its first reading and vote.
"We plan to resume the trajectory of budget surpluses ... in 2021," reads the message from the president, who stresses that this "is of enormous importance" as it means reducing the country's financing needs and avoids reaching a situation of unsustainability of its public debt.
Lourenço recalls that the country has had budget deficits every year since 2014, pushing the ratio of public debt to GDP from around 30% in 2013 to approximately 113% last year.
In 2018 Angola for the first time in four years had a budget surplus equivalent to 2.1% of GDP. In 2019, the surplus was 0.8% of GDP and a further surplus of 1.2% of GDP was forecast for 2020. This trajectory was, the president notes, "unfortunately" interrupted by the current economic and financial crisis resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, which has hit crude oil prices and justifies the presentation of a revised state budget.
Angola has so far had 525 confirmed cases and 26 deaths associated with the disease, but its economy is highly reliant on oil, revenues from which represent more than 60% of Angola's tax take and more than 90% of exports.
The revised budget pencils in an average selling price for crude of $33 per barrel, against the $55 foreseen in the budget currently in force.
In addition to systematic budget deficits, Angola has been in recession for four years now, mainly due to the poor performance of the oil sector. This year the economy is expected to shrink by 3.6%.
In his message, Lourenço stresses that the government continues to make a "great effort" to protect education and healthcare in particular, with both being allocated a larger share of spending in the revised budget. It also intends to continue "to increase domestic production" of 54 products covered by the PRODESI Programme to Support Production, Diversification of Exports and Import Substitution, with "very special attention" for the Integrated Plan for Acceleration of Family Agriculture and Fishing.
The Integrated Programme for Intervention in Municipalities will also continue to be implemented, with resources made available in the revised budget.
The president's message ends with an appeal to members of parliament to undertake "an in-depth analysis" of the proposal so that it can be improved.

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Date : 2020-07-15 11:20:00







 

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