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GDP to grow by 4pc: Treasurer

Deputy Prime Minister, Charles Abel, said this during the 3rd Petroleum and Energy Summit.

He said there were further encouraging signs with a modest but steady decline in inflation, which is expected to be around 5.4 percent.

The Deputy Prime Minister said Treasury will soon release the final Budget outcome for 2018 and there are some positive signs.

“I’m very pleased to report that after some difficulties were now seeing a welcome rebound in the economy and for your part, I want to thank you as investors in our country,” Abel said.

PNG resource industry’s contribution

The industry contributed over 26 percent of PNG’s Gross Domestic Product and around 80 percent of the nation’s export revenue valued at K23 billion (approximately US$7.3 billion) as of September 2017.

The industry also directly employs over 20,000 people, with significantly more working in other sectors dependent on the industry, including landowner businesses.

2017 Budget meets targets and requirements

That’s according to Secretary for the Department of Treasury, Dairi Vele, during the 2017 National Budget Press Lock Up at Parliament House.

Vele referred to a ‘Cash In/Cash Out’ equation stating the projected revenue of K11, 088.9 million and an expenditure plan of K12,623.3  million resulted in a budget deficit of K1.876.5 million (K1.9 billion)

The budget deficit equates to 2.5 per cent GDP, while the total Government debt of K21, 623.3 million (K21.6 billion), equates to 28.8 per cent of GDP.

PNG has low debt burden says Bakani

He said the domestic debt service burden in 2015 was K991 million and external debt service was K84 million.

This comprised 7.3% and 0.6% of total expenditure, respectively.

Bakani was speaking at the recent 32nd Australia-PNG Business forum in Cairns pointing out some key economic areas which was raised by critics in the past years and months.