Argentina reduces primary deficit to 2.4pc

19th January, 2019 10:07:26 printer

BUENOS AIRES: Argentina's primary fiscal deficit in 2018 was 2.4 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP), meeting the goal agreed upon with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), its finance minister said Friday.

"Argentina closes the year of 2018 with a negative primary result of 338.987 billion pesos (around 9.02 billion U.S. dollars), 2.4 percent of the GDP, which is compared with a primary deficit of 3.8 percent of GDP in 2017," Argentina's Minister of the Treasury Nicolas Dujovne said during a press conference, reports Xinhua.

Dujovne said the result fulfilled the fiscal goal established in the standby agreement with the IMF, namely to bring the primary fiscal deficit down at 2.7 percent of GDP in 2018. He said the IMF will review the program in the coming month. Argentina is expected to have access to its disbursement of 10.8 billion dollars in March.

The Argentine government sought help from the IMF in 2018 after the South American country suffered currency volatility that saw the peso lose 50 percent of its value against the dollar. It struck a standby agreement of high access with the IMF that consists of financing to the tune of 56.3 billion dollars.