New Country Reports market report from Business Monitor International: "Namibia Business Forecast Report Q4 2013"
Boston, MA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/28/2013 -- The effects of a weak global economy and a damaging drought will continue to be felt by Namibia's economy over the coming months.
Growth should, however, remain supported by as elevated levels of government spending are maintained. We expect real GDP growth to pick-up modestly in 2014, with BMI forecasting 4.7% growth compared to an estimated 4.3% in 2013.
We expect inflation to remain relatively stable over the coming months, although we believe inflationary risks are weighted firmly to the upside given the ongoing currency woes.
Major Forecast Changes
We have modestly downgraded our projections for the fiscal deficit in 2013 and 2014 given rising spending commitments, particularly in the form of ongoing drought relief measures. We are now forecasting shortfalls equal to 6.7% of GDP in 2013 (compared to our previous estimate of 6.6%) and 4.7% in 2014 (compared to 4.2%).
Significant revisions made by the Bank of Namibia to their balance of payments data have prompted us to revised down our forecasts for the current account deficit in 2013 and 2014 to 3.0% (from 2.6% previously) and 3.6% (from 3.2%) respectively.
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