Debt in Focus as Kenya Faces $7.5 Billion Gap in New Budget

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Kenya plans to tighten spending and step up efforts to collect more tax as it seeks to bring ballooning state debt under control, Bloomberg News reported. The budget deficit is projected to drop to 6.2% of gross domestic product in the year through June 2023, Treasury Secretary Ukur Yatani said on Thursday in his budget speech to parliament in Nairobi, the capital. That compares with an estimated deficit of 8.1% of GDP this year. He plans to finance the 862.5 billion-shilling ($7.5 billion) gap by raising 581.7 billion shillings domestically and 280.7 billion shillings offshore. Read more.