$7.8 bln deficit in Qatar’s 2017 budget
Shortfall will be covered by local and international debt issues, says Finance Minister
Qatar expects to post a budget deficit of 28.3 billion riyals ($7.8 billion) in 2017, the finance ministry said on Thursday, in a sign of the lingering toll of low global oil prices on Gulf economies.
Finance Minister Ali Shareef al-Emadi said that revenues were estimated at 170.1 billion riyals while expenditure was estimated at 198.4 billion riyals, state news agency QNA said.
The gas-rich Gulf state projected a significantly higher deficit of 46.5 billion riyals ($12.8 billion) in 2016, its first in 15 years.
The 2017 shortfall will continue to be covered by local and international debt issues, al-Emadi added.
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