Egypt targeting 89 percent debt-to-GDP ratio in 2019-2020 fiscal year

Ahram Online , Friday 22 Mar 2019

The Egyptian government is targeting a public debt/GDP ratio of 89 percent in the 2019-2020 financial year, the president’s office said in a statement on Thursday.

The government is aiming at GDP growth of 6 percent in the fiscal year 2019-2020, according to a draft budget presented by Finance Minister Mohamed Maait during a cabinet meeting with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Thursday.

The government is aiming to cut the country’s budget deficit from 8.3 percent to 7.2 percent, the statement said.

The draft budget aims to create 800,000 to 900,000 new job opportunities “through supporting the industrial and export sectors,” the statement added.

Egypt’s fiscal year begins on 1 July.


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