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Chinamasa presents US$4.1bln budget for 2015
27/11/2014 00:00:00
by The Source
 
2015 national budget presentation ... Patrick Chinamasa onThursday
 
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IMBABWE'S country’s GDP is seen flat at 3,2 percent next year with key sectors such as mining, tourism likely to register modest growth, finance minister Patrick Chinamasa said as he presented a $4.1 billion national budget on Thursday.

Government expects to collect $4.1 billion in revenue against expenditure of $ 4.115 billion. In Addition, it also expects $394 million in development assistance as well as up to $552 million in loans.

Chinamasa said recurrent expenditure will continue to dominate government’s expenditure at 92 percent leaving very little for capital expenditure.

Next year, exports are seen registering a five percent increase to $3.83 billion with imports falling to $6.15 billion from over $8 billion this year.

Between January and October exports amounted to $2.4 billion while imports cost $5.3 billion in the same period.

Between January and September, government collected revenue of $2.73 billion against a target of $2.9 billion. About 82 percent of this was gobbled up by employment costs.

Chinamasa said the mining sector is projected to grow by 3.1 percent growth driven by nickel and gold while the ICT and transport sectors are seen to grow by 6.4 percent and 2.9 percent respectively.

He said prospects for 2014/15 agricultural season remained positive with $253 million having already been mobilised for the presidential input scheme.

2015 budget highlights

  • Economy to grow 3.2 percent (2014:3.1pct)
  • Inflation to remain below 1 percent in 2014 and subdued in 2015
  • Govt to collect $4.1 billion revenue against expenditure of $4.115 billion
  • Govt to collect $3,93 billion by 2014 year-end
  • 2015 recurrent expenditure seen at 92 percent
  • Employment costs to chew 82 percent ($3,2 billion) of 2014 budget
  • Mining sector to grow by 3.1 percent, ICT by 6.4 percent and Transport by 2.9 percent
  • Exports expected to reach $3,83 billion in 2015
  • Imports seen at $6.15 billion
  • Tax free threshold increased to $300 per month from $250
  • Tax amnesty extended to 15 months from six months
  • Excise duty on cigarettes increased to $20/1,000 sticks from $15/1,000 sticks
  • Excise duty on clear beer reduced to 40pct from 45pct
  • Govt to impose tax on imported doughs, buns and bread
  • Corporate tax on exporting companies to be lowered by between 15 and 30pct
  • Royalties on firms selling to local diamond and cutters polishers to be scrapped
  • Agriculture to grow by 3,4 percent, govt to mobilise $252 mln for presidential inputs programme
  • Tourism sector to grow by 4.7 percent (2014: 3.9 percent)


 
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