Thursday 20, September 2018 by Bloomberg

Namibia economy contracts for ninth quarter as manufacturing drops


Namibia’s economy contracted for a ninth straight quarter as manufacturing declined.

Gross domestic product shrank 0.2 per cent in the second quarter from a year earlier, Statistician-General Alex Shimuafeni told reporters Thursday in the capital, Windhoek. That’s the longest streak of contractions since at least 2008.

Moody’s Investors Service cut the southwest African nation’s credit rating to junk a year ago, citing an increasing debt burden, the erosion of fiscal strength and the risk of renewed government liquidity pressures in the world’s biggest producer of marine diamonds.

“Government efforts to improve the fiscal space by reducing and capping unnecessary expenditure through fiscal consolidation is exerting further pressure on the economy, evidenced by the poor performance of health and education sectors that recorded negative growth rates of 4.9 per cent and 6.2 per cent respectively,” the agency said in a statement.

Manufacturing contracted 13 per cent, while the wholesale and retail sectors dropped 5.8 per cent, the agency said.

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