The Oman government’s budget deficit plunged 36.1 per cent to OMR2.04 billion during the January-October period of 2018 due to a surge in government revenue driven by high oil income.
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The total revenues of the Oman government surged 32.2 per cent to OMR8.69 billion for the first 10 months of 2018, over the same period of last year, thanks to a major recovery in oil prices.
Revenues from natural gas were up by 29.8 per cent to OMR1.57 billion, while customs duty and corporate income tax contributed OMR198.8 million and OMR429.9 million, respectively, during the period.
Further, capital revenues increased to OMR118.4 million during the first 10 months of 2018, registering a growth of 678.9 per cent over the same period of last year.
As far as expenditures are concerned, the total public expenditure increased by 7.2 per cent to OMR10.10 billion for the first 10 months of 2018. This is against an expenditure of OMR9.43 billion for the same period of last year, the NCSI report showed. Of this, current expenditure rose by 10.3 per cent to OMR7.32 billion, while investment expenditure fell by 10.2 per cent to OMR2.19 billion in the first 10 months of 2018, the NCSI report added.
The contributions and subsidy surged by 52.3 per cent during the January-October period of this year to OMR669.6 million, from OMR439.7 million for the same period of last year.
The Oman government’s total public expenditure in 2017 stood at OMR12.27 billion, with a total revenue of OMR8.51 billion, leaving a deficit of OMR3.75 billion.
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