Saudi Arabia's budget deficit has reached $9 billion in the first quarter of 2020, Al Arabiya reported, citing a performance report released by the Kingdom's Finance Ministry on Wednesday, APA reports citing Sputnik.
According to the report, the Kingdom obtained about $51.219 billion in revenues, which is 22 percent down from the first quarter of 2019. Meanwhile, its expenditures amounted to $60.314 billion.
Saudi Arabia's oil and non-oil revenues also dropped 24 percent and 17 percent, respectively, the report says.
In mid-April, Saudi Arabian Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan warned that oil revenues in relation to GDP would fall significantly, but also said that the Kingdom was "focused on income from other sectors of the economy; our goal is to diversify the economy".