Libya budget deficit to reach $10 billion
The Libyan government estimates that its budget deficit will reach $10 billion this year, leading to serious challenges in paying government employees and the country's energy bill, said Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Chairman of the National Transitional Council. He said that Libya has only reclaimed a minute fraction of its $100 billion in assets frozen during last year's bitter revolution.
Abdul Jalil said that oil revenues have brought in only $4 billion in the past five months, while government employee wages and the energy bill will cost the government $22 billion and $14 billion, respectively. Therefore, the government estimated that its budget deficit will be around $10 billion in 2012.
The IMF has said that recovery of the oil and gas sector is critical to Libya's reconstruction efforts and the revitalization of the economy.
Abdurrahim El-Keib, Libya's interim prime minister, stated that his government has allocated 12 billion dinars to development efforts, 3 billion of which will go to reconstructing homes demolished or damaged during the eight-month war. (Source: english.nuqudy.com)
- Gulfnet collaborates on global cybersecurity platform
- Middle East poised to become an industry leader in 3D printing
- UAE Space Agency, Lockheed Martin ‘blast off’ with professional training program
- Show me the money: Lebanon addresses bank transfer delay problems
- Kuwait to receive French helicopters in $1.1B deal