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Kuwait deficit rises to $3.62 billion in five months
September 26, 2015, 11:32 am

Kuwait's budget deficit in the first five months of its fiscal year stood at 1.094 billion dinars ($3.62 billion) after a deduction for the Future Generations Fund, the finance ministry said on Tuesday in a statement carried by Kuwait News Agency.

The deficit from April 1 to August 31 stood at 361.38 million dinars before the 10 percent contribution of 733.50 million dinars to the Future Generations Fund, part of Kuwait's sovereign wealth fund, the statement said.

Finance minister Anas al-Saleh told reporters on 15 September that Kuwait plans to issue bonds in local currency by the end of the year to help bridge its budget deficit.

Kuwait's parliament in July approved a state budget for the current 2015 - 2016 fiscal year, which begins on 1 April, that envisages a budget deficit of 8.18 billion dinars because of low oil prices.

However, the actual deficit may not turn out to be nearly as large. The size will depend on oil prices, while Kuwait has in the past often underspent its budget because of bureaucratic red tape and tensions between the cabinet and parliament that have slowed economic projects. This could also limit the deficit.

Source: Arabian Business

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