Uganda to borrow $661 million to plug 2019/20 budget deficit

Thursday December 5 2019

Uganda currency notes.

Uganda currency notes. Uganda plans to borrow $661 million from a local unit of South Africa’s Standard Bank and regional Trade Development Bank. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

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Uganda plans to borrow 600 million euros ($661 million) from international banks to plug a hole in its 2019/2020 budget after domestic revenue collections fell short by 9 percent, amid delays in implementation of some planned tax-generating measures.

The move could heighten concerns about the East African country’s growing debt pile which the International Monetary Fund has warned would likely surpass 50 per cent of gross domestic product in 2021/2022. Uganda’s financial year starts in July.

The Finance Ministry said in documents posted on parliament’s website that the government planned to borrow the money from a local unit of South Africa’s Standard Bank and regional Trade Development Bank.

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