サウジ 生活費支給を停止、消費税5→15%に引き上げ 6月1日から コロナ

コロナ→経済活動停止→原油売れない→油価下落と負のスパイラルに陥っているサウジ。財務省は11日、6月1日から生活費支給を停止し、また消費税を5%から15%に引き上げると突然発表した。

ARAMCO上場で集まるはずだったカネも集まらず、踏んだり蹴ったりのサウジアラビア。さあ新中東地図が現実のものとなるかどうか注目です。



Saudi Arabia suspending cost of living allowance, raising VAT to mitigate economic impact of COVID-19 crisis
Arab News
May 11, 2020 04:45


RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is suspending the cost of living allowance and increasing the value-added tax (VAT) as part of measures to address the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Monday.

“Cost of living allowance will be suspended as of June first, and the value added tax will be increased to 15% from 5% as of July first,” SPA said, citing statement of the Ministry of Finance.

Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan said the twin measures are part of efforts to shore up state finances, which have been battered by low oil prices and the coronavirus crisis.

Al-Jadaan warned last week that Saudi Arabia would have to take "strict and painful measures" to deal with the twin impact of coronavirus pandemic and falling world oil prices.

“We must reduce budget expenditures sharply,” Al-Jadaan said, adding that some government projects may be slowed down to reduce expenditure.

“Current actions taken to date to cut spending are not enough, and Saudi public finances will need more control and the journey ahead is long," he said.

The pandemic has wrecked the global economy, leaving millions out of work, with the US alone reporting more than 20 million people becoming unemployed in April.

Worldwide, the COVID-19 has infected more than 4.18 million people as of early Monday, with the death toll surging to 283,000 since the coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan, China last December.

In Saudi Arabia, the number of infections rose to 39,048 as of Sunday, of which 27,345 were active cases and 11,457 have recovered.

The Health Ministry reported 7 new deaths on Sunday, all expatriates, raising the death toll to 246.

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