Average change in fiscal deficit forecasts due to COVID-19 MENA 2020 by region

The average change in the fiscal deficit in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to October 2019 was expected to reach about 6.5 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), compared to 4.9 percent of GDP for non-GCC countries. The forecasts were reviewed in April 2020 to account for the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Average change in the fiscal deficit forecasts of October 2019 as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Middle East as at April 2020, by region

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Release date

June 2020


Asia, MENA

Survey time period

April 2020

Supplementary notes

Fiscal deficits are forecasts made in early April.

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