The IMF Country Reports Series covers economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with officials of the country, is published at the option of the member.
Public consumption has declined from 12 percent of GDP in 1996 to 10.8 percent in 1999 owing to fiscal consolidation: wage increases are moderate, and other current expenditures have grown slowly. Conversely, private consumption has increased from 75.2 percent of GDP in 1996 to 76.9 percent in 1998, and is estimated to have reached 76.6 percent in 1999. Public investment has increased from 6.4 percent of GDP in 1996 to 7.2 percent of GDP in 1998 and is estimated to have reached 8.2 percent of GDP in 1999, whereas private investment has experienced a downward slide.