The Ministry of Finance issued the 2019/2020 preliminary budget draft and the Parliament will receive the draft at least 90 days before the start of the fiscal year on July 1 to have it signed into law by the end of June.
According to the draft, Gross domestic product is expected to hit about LE 6.163 trillion in 2019/2020 budget, compared to the expected LE 5.256 trillion of the current fiscal year.
The budget deficit is anticipated to hit 7.2 percent of GDP, down from 8.4 percent of 2018/2019, announcing that the government will allow new borrowing of LE 445.1 billion in the next fiscal year.
The 2019/2020 budget aims to increase growth rates to 6 percent, focusing on comprehensive inclusive growth. The government is also seeking to create jobs for youth and reduce unemployment rates to 9.1 percent.
Revenues are foreseen to record LE 1.13 trillion, compared to the current FY’s expected revenues of LE 969 billion, with an increase of 17 percent. The budget revealed that LE 856.6 billion will go for tax collections with an increase of 13 percent and other earnings rise 30 percent to LE 277.8 billion.
Expenditures came at LE 1.57 trillion, compared to LE 1.4 trillion in the current fiscal year, with an increase of 12 percent. The spendings included debt service payments are expected to hit LE 569 billion, with an increase of 6.5 percent on a year on year basis.
Investment rates increase 19 percent by 2019/2020, in which government investment will rise 42.2 percent to LE 211.2 billion.
Spendings on subsidies and social welfare payments will hike 3.8 percent to LE 327.7 billion, electricity subsidies will fall 37.5 percent to LE 10 billion and spending on petroleum products will be cut by 42 percent.
Moreover, Public debt is planned to reach 89 percent of GDP, achieving a primary budget surplus of 2 percent.
The exchange rate came within the Central Bank of Egypt’s (CBE) average the first two weeks (March 1 to 15) in which the dollar records LE 17.46.