External Sector Performance – May 2019

The external sector remained relatively stable in May 2019 supported by a contracting trade deficit. 

In May 2019, the deficit in the trade account narrowed to US dollars 823 million from US dollars 933 million in May 2018.

The considerable reduction in the trade deficit in May 2019 was due to the decline in import expenditure by 3.9 per cent (year-on-year) and an increase of export earnings by 4.0 per cent (year-on-year). 

Earnings from tourism in May recorded a decline of 70.8 per cent (year-on-year), reflecting the impact of Easter Sunday attacks. However, tourist arrivals in June are expected to have recovered with almost a doubling of the number of arrivals in comparison to May 2019. 

Workers’ remittances amounted to US dollars 562 million in May 2019, recording a decline of 3.1 per cent (year-on-year). On a cumulative basis, workers’ remittances amounted to US dollars 2,733 million during the first five months of 2019.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019