AEIR 2019/2020

Economic growth dropped to 5.3% in FY2019 from 8.9% in FY2018, largely from a 20% fall in public spending on infrastructure. However, services, mainly tourism and retail services, continued to grow, contributing 4.1 percentage points to GDP growth. Inflation rose to 0.8% due to high import demand in support of tourism. The fiscal surplus expanded as revenue rose while government infrastructure spending declined. Net debt at end-June 2019 was below target at 17.3% of GDP. The current account remained in surplus as tourism receipts outpaced the rise in imports. With the collapse in tourism as the COVID-19 outbreak intensified, economic activity will contract by 2.2% in 2020. Growth in FY2021 is projected at 1.0% as the government continues to implement its economic recovery plan.

Source: Asian Development Outlook 2020, ADB
Latest Month-Ago Year-Ago
Headline Inflation Rate 1 0.2 (Sep15)2.7 0.0
Exchange Rate Index 2 95.8 (Jul20)93.7 97.0
1 y-o-y, %.
2 Monthly average, January 2006 = 100, $/local currency.
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