Fiscal Balance in Belize
Belize - Fiscal BalanceThe economy contracted slightly in the second quarter, contrasting strong growth in the first quarter. The secondary sector languished under plunging electricity generation, due to a prolonged dry season; lower manufacturing output; and weaker construction activity, which was likely weighed on by tighter lending conditions. Meanwhile, output of the major agricultural commodities—including sugarcane, citrus and bananas—dropped in Q2, while marine exports also fell. Growth in the services sector, which accounts for around three-quarters of the total economy, slowed due to weaker tourist arrivals translating into softer hotel and restaurant activity and more moderate wholesale and retail trade growth. Turning to the third quarter, a robust pick-up in merchandise exports in July bodes well for renewed momentum.
Belize - Fiscal Balance Data
|Fiscal Balance (% of GDP)||-0.7||-2.2||-6.3||-5.9||-5.6|
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