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Govt to borrow Bt1.3 trillion, as public debt borders fiscal sustainability threshold

By The Nation




The Cabinet on Tuesday approved the public debt management plan proposed by the Finance Ministry for fiscal year 2021 (October 2021 to September 2021), Government Spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said.


The Finance Ministry’s Public Debt Management Office plans to borrow Bt1.3 trillion and manage existing debt totalling Bt387.5 billion.


The ministry said facilitating recovery of the economy hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and financial aid packages to support affected people and corporations had resulted in large budget deficits. The government also wants to borrow more to boost economic activities and its cash flow.


Should the government go ahead with the borrowing plan, public debt will jump to 57.23 per cent of gross domestic product, close to the sustainable level of 60 per cent of GDP. As of July 31, public debt stood at Bt7.6 trillion, or equivalent to 47.04 per cent of GDP, according to the Public Debt Management Office.


In related development, the Cabinet also approved a Bt1.51-trillion spending plan for 44 state enterprises for fiscal 2021.


Combined with other state enterprises' spending, the expenditure of all 52 state enterprises would be Bt1.55 trillion of which capital spending is Bt432 billion. The capital spending is expected to boost economic growth, said Rachada Dhnadirek, deputy government spokeswoman.


Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/business/30395351



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5 hours ago, ThailandRyan said:

Why borrow, and from who.  Just start printing money like the other countries do.

Got to pay for those desperately needed submarines i suppose.

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7 hours ago, Mr Meeseeks said:

Thais are starting to wake up to this mob now though and to where the money is really going and to the fact that they have had what was promised them stolen from under their noses while a few in uniform get even more unusually rich.


This is what you get when you have military coups though, as Thai history quite clearly has shown us.

Maybe the end is nigh and overseas accounts will be filled prior to some people disappearing.

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