Tuesday, April 7, 2020

To Give 7 Million Residents N438,000 Each As Relief

The fund is meant to serve as relief for citizens after the country's economy keeps slumping as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak and the protests that rocked the country.

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is handing most of its residents a pile of cash to spend as it tries to save its slumping economy from the aftermath of protests and the coronavirus outbreak.

Hong Kong To Give 7 Million Residents N438,000 Each As Relief

The Asian financial hub said Wednesday that the measure — the cornerstone of a 120 billion Hong Kong dollar ($15.4 billion) stimulus package — will involve giving 10,000 Hong Kong dollars (about $1,280, N438,000) to all permanent residents in the city who are at least 18. About seven million people will benefit from that program.
Financial Secretary Paul also warned that the city will record its first budget deficit in 15 years due to the recession that began in the third quarter of 2019.
The situation is expected to worsen. said the deficit for the next fiscal year through March 2021 is expected to hit a record high of around 4.8% of the city’s GDP.
“Hong Kong’s economy is facing enormous challenges this year,” Chan said. “The outlook is far from promising in the near term.”
The financial secretary said during a budget presentation that Hong Kong’s economy has been “dragged by a host of headwinds” that percolated last year, including fallout from months of mass protests, the ongoing US- trade war and the slowing global economy.
Those issues pushed Hong Kong into recession, with the economy shrinking 1.2% overall last year, marking its first annual decline since the global financial crisis.
Now, it is also confronting the spread of the novel coronavirus, which “has dealt a severe blow to economic activities and sentiment in Hong Kong,” Chan told the city’s Legislative Council.
Some of the money for the relief package will come from a special fund that has been established “in view of the deteriorating economic and employment conditions as a result of the novel coronavirus epidemic,” Chan said.
In addition to the government handout, the government will also slash income tax for some residents, he said, adding that this would impact almost 2 million taxpayers. Authorities also plan to give low-income residents of public housing a month of free rent, as well as provide a one-off allowance to 200,000 underprivileged households.

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