Budget 2020/21: Mwanamvekha unveils problematic K2 trillion financial plan,  Malawi may go into recession

Minister of Finance Economic Planning and Development Joseph Mwanamvekha on Friday morning  presented the 2020/21 problematic National Budget with a backdrop of experiencing a dramatic 35 percent drop in revenue collection.

Minister of Finance
Mwanamvekha presented the new fiscal plan

The 2020/21 National Budget has been pegged at K2.2 trillion, which represents a 9 percent increase from the 1.84 trillion mid-year revised estimate in the 2019/20 budget. The K2.2 trillion nominal value of the new budget represents 28.3 percent of Malawi’s  Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

In his presentation, Mwanamvekha disclosed that during the 2019/20 budget implementation, it was not possible to reduce public debt because the economy could not generate enough revenue.

He added that government has, since, written creditors to consider debt relief owing to the novel coronavirus.

“The 2019-2020 budget faced implementation challenges as monthly revenue collection reduced from K90. 8 billion to K59. 1 billion representing a drop by 35 percent,” he said.

He further revealed that the 2020/21 National Budget will incur a budget deficit of K632 billion, which represents 10 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

“The higher-than-expected budget deficit is on account of subdued domestic revenue, increased expenditure on security due to post-election demonstrations, fresh-election,” he explained.

The minister further feared that should Covid-19 extends to December 2020, the domestic economy is likely to go into a recession, with an estimated negative real GDP growth rate of -3.8 percent.

Mwanamvekha said the fiscal plan he presented to the House  t is intended to build the country’s resilience and speed up economic recovery from the devastating impact of Covid-19 pandemic.

“Government will therefore continue with efforts to tackle the four key issues namely; economic growth, job creation, economic empowerment, and infrastructure development. These will however be pursued with full recognition of Government’s focus on mitigating the social and economic impact of the pandemic,” said Mwanamvekha.

He said the 2020/2021 budget has been developed under the theme “Economic Recovery, Mitigation and Building Resilience”

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Banda
Banda
8 months ago

Looking forward to the UTMCP budget next month which likely will be more factual of the state of affairs of the country.
Fail to understand WHY GOVERNMENT even tabled a budget at this time when Election Rules indicate that Parliment is dissolved prior to Elections. Existing Government should have been placed on leave so as NOT TO GIVE advantage to the Government

Sams
Sams
8 months ago

Looking at budget lines of items to be tackled one wonders why now. Most of the things listed should have been done 5 years ago if dpp was in power for the people. NOW JUST FOR CAMPAIGN….ITS TOO LATE SIR.

Cadet
8 months ago

Why was the minister late? They said he would present the budget at 9.30am. Was there any explanation?

Raphael Kachingwe
Raphael Kachingwe
8 months ago
Reply to  Cadet

Kuchedwa kulibe problem as long as tapanga deliver budget basi

Jabir Jabir
Jabir Jabir
8 months ago

Boma ilooooo!!!

Jabir Jabir
Jabir Jabir
8 months ago
Reply to  Jabir Jabir

This is heavy 2020/2021 Budget.Oppostions you will see big Nyekhwe.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
8 months ago

Some are self inflicting problems due to poor leadership, I.e bringing nations economic wheels to a halt due to covid-19, and could have been worse if stupid total lockdown was allowed to happen.

Mwini muzi.
8 months ago

Always complaining about poor leadership without any clue of what leadership is.

Malawi walero
Malawi walero
8 months ago

God bless you

Bob Finye
Bob Finye
8 months ago

Great financial plan in the context of COVID-19 pandemic. You can’t beat that.

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