S&P expects Azerbaijani economy to increase by 2.9% next year

S&P expects Azerbaijani economy to increase by 2.9% next year
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Amid intensified military confrontation, Azerbaijan's fiscal metrics could materially deteriorate as a result of increased budget spending on defense, social support to affected households, and the restoration of badly damaged civil infrastructure, APA-Economics reports citing S&P Rating Agency.

Fiscal pressures are already arising from lower hydrocarbon revenues and the impact of the pandemic on non-oil tax collection.

Apart from the immediate implications, the agency also considers that medium-term economic risks have increased and expects that Azerbaijan's real GDP will shrink by 6.9% in 2020 before rebounding to about 3.0% growth in 2021. Increased military tensions could compound pandemic- and oil-price-related downside risks to growth, weighing on business confidence and household consumption.

Mirsaid İbrahimzade

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