The economic recovery seems to be taking hold. Inflation stood at 0.6 percent at
end-July 2019. The fiscal consolidation was sustained through the first half of 2019; the
overall fiscal deficit is estimated at 0.2 percent of GDP at end-June 2019. Reforms are
progressing on revenue and customs administration as well as public expenditure
management. While the authorities are committed to privatize the two public banks, the
tenders for both banks were launched with a delay in September 2019 (prior action).
Socio-political tensions have abated but uncertainty remains high, particularly considering
the presidential election scheduled for 2020.