Muscat: His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said has issued a Royal Decree ratifying 2017 State Budget, Oman’s Public Authority for Radio and Television tweeted on its official twitter handle.
More details are yet to emerge.
Oman’s budget deficit for the first 10 months of 2016 surged by 46.7 per cent to OMR4.81 billion, as plunging crude oil export revenues started affecting the government’s fiscal balance.
This is against a projected deficit of OMR3.3 billion for the entire year and a deficit of OMR3.26 billion for January-October period of 2015, according to data released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).
Led by Saudi Arabia, all GCC countries are facing mounting deficit due to plunging oil revenue.
The country’s net oil revenue for January-October period of 2016 plunged by 40.9 per cent to OMR2,774.1 million from OMR4,692.4 million for the same period of last year, which was mainly due to a 31.5 per cent plunge in the average price of Oman Crude at $39.3 per barrel for the first eleven months, against $57.4 a barrel for the same January-November period of last year.
Revenue from natural gas showed a fall of 7 per cent at OMR1,097.2 million during the first ten months of 2016, compared to the same period of last year. In fact, the average price of Oman Crude at $39.3 per barrel is much lower than the budget estimate at $45 per barrel.
The overall revenue of the government dipped by 25.5 per cent to OMR5,514.5 million for January-October period of 2016.