Bahrain: Fiscal squeeze and ratings downgrade

Issue 1109 - 03 Sep 2020

Fiscal squeeze: The government deficit increased by 98% in H1 2020 compared to the same period last year, as a result of the slump in oil prices and the coronavirus lockdown. Revenues fell 29% year-on-year to BD910m ($2.4bn) while expenditure was up 2% to BD1.7bn, leading to a deficit of BD798m.

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