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Oil price rise to erase projected Oman deficit

08 April 2010

Governor of Oman's central bank, Hamud bin Sangur al-Zadjali has said that rising oil prices could help the Sultanate avoid posting a budget deficit this year as forecast, even as it increases spending, Bloomberg has reported. Rising oil prices and signs of global economic recovery "will give a strong push to the economy and will help boost investor confidence" in Oman, he said. Last November, the country had projected deficit for 2010 of OR800m ($2.1bn), or around 4% of gross domestic product, based on an oil price of $50 a barrel.

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