Philippines revises down 2019 GDP growth target

09:54 | 19/03/2019 Global Economy

The Philippines on March 13 lowered its GDP growth target for this year to 6-7 percent, instead of 7-8 percent, citing the impact of a delay in the approval from the legislature for this year's budget. 

The Philippine Government also raised its inflation target for this year to 3-4 percent instead of a 2-4 percent range, Reuters reported.

The growth target for next year has also been trimmed to 6.5-7.5 percent rather than 7-8 percent.

The GDP growth targets for 2021-2022 remain at 7.0-8.0 percent, the government's Development Budget Coordination Committee said.

The same day, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said the Philippine economy may grow by as little as 4.2-4.9 percent this year if a delay in full approval of the budget continues.

Theo VNA