AEIR 2018

Reduced public spending in 2018 caused a 0.5% contraction in GDP, excluding the large offshore petroleum sector. Following a sharp decline in 2017, public expenditure (excluding off-budget grants from development partners) fell another 2.8% in 2018. While public capital investment increased significantly, it was more than offset by lower recurrent spending. Payments for salaries and wages fell by 2.2%, purchases of goods and services by 9.3%, and transfer payments by 23.9%. These reflect lower payments to the Special Administrative Region of Oe-Cusse Ambeno. GDP is forecast to grow by 4.8% in 2019 and 5.4% in 2020, as fiscal stimulus and renewed investor confidence help stoke growth.

Source: Asian Development Outlook 2019, ADB.
Latest Month-Ago Year-Ago
Headline Inflation Rate 1 2.2 (Feb18)1.8 0.2
Merchandise Export Growth 1 6.6 (May19)6.6 8.3
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