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MoF says federal debt to be reduced to 53% of GDP in 2016

By Tuesday June 7th, 2016 No Comments
The Federal Government's debt is expected to fall to 53% of the gross domestic product this year. - Reuters pic

The Federal Government’s debt is expected to fall to 53% of the gross domestic product this year. – Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR: The Finance Ministry (MoF) says the Federal Government’s debt will be reduced to 53% of the gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016 from 54.5% at end-2015.

It said on Tuesday the Government was on track to reduce the fiscal deficit to 3.1% of GDP in 2016 from 3.2% in 2015 under its current fiscal consolidation programme.

Responding to a news report by Nikkei Asian Review on June 3 about the country’s rising debt which it described as baseless, the MoF said the Government expected to achieve a balanced budget by 2020.

The MoF said the Government was committed to ensure the debt did not exceed 55% of GDP.
The MoF also said that up to end-2015, the Government debt was RM630.5bil or 54.5% of GDP, of which 97% were domestics and the rest was foreign, hence the risk exposure to foreign exchange volatility was low.

Source: The Star

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