- Growth: Annual economic growth is projected to be 1.6 percent in 2023, lower than 2022’s outlook of 2.5 percent because of deteriorating external conditions. While export and investment are projected to be continuously stagnant, high interest rates are expected to be a drag on consumption recovery.
- Employment: The economy is projected to add 100,000 jobs in 2023, lower than 2022’s outlook of 810,000 as a result of the base effect.
- Consumer price: The annual consumer price increase is projected to be 3.5 percent in 2023, lower than 2022’s outlook of 5.1 percent because of decreases in global raw material prices and demand.
- Current account balance: Current account surpluses are expected to decline to US $21.0 billion, lower than 2022’s outlook of US $22.0 billion. Surpluses in the goods balance are projected to increase driven by a decline in imports while deficits in the services balance are to rise as overseas travels resume.
The framework of economic policy directions
The government has drawn up four policy directions based on the four pillars of economic management (Freedom, Innovation, Fairness and Solidarity), aiming to overcome crises and help the economy take another leap forward.
The policy directions focus on 1) managing the macroeconomy in a stable manner, 2) supporting the recovery of people’s livelihoods, 3) boosting the economy by putting the private sector at its core, 4) implementing structural reforms in preparation for the future.
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