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INTRODUCTION
1. The 2019 Mid-Year Budget Review seeks to update the nation at large on the performance of the economy during the first half of the year.
2. On the basis of recent developments, the Review outlines an updated Macro-Fiscal Framework, which underpins the proposed 2019 Supplementary Budget.
3. To the extent possible, contributions received from various stakeholders in Government, private sector and civic organisations, are acknowledged and appreciated in the crafting of this Review.
4. What is important is to remain steadfast in implementing key reforms, hence the theme for this Review: ‘Building a Strong Foundation for Future Prosperity’.

Transitional Stabilisation Programme Implementation Progress
• Fiscal and monetary policy successfully shifted to a disciplined and sustainable regime.
• The ‘twin-deficit’ was successfully tackled, and 2019 has so far seen consistent fiscal surpluses and a substantial improvement in the current account balance.
• The current account, for the first time since 2009, registered a surplus in the first quarter of 2019.
• Monthly revenue collections for the first six months amounted to ZWL$5.0 billion, against expenditures of ZWL$4.2 billion.

1. Mr Speaker Sir, I rise to present this year’s Mid-Year Budget Review, complying with section 7(2)(a) of the Public Finance Management Act.
2. The Review seeks to update this august House and the nation at large on macroeconomic developments during the first half of the year. On the basis of developments to date, the Review further outlines an updated Macro-Fiscal Framework, which underpins the proposed 2019 Supplementary Budget.
3. To the extent possible, contributions received from various stakeholders in Government, private sector and civic organisations, including critics, are acknowledged and appreciated in the crafting of this Review. Mr Speaker Sir, there is a saying by Michael Bassey Johnson (a writer) that “a bitter critic is the sweetest corrector”. It is, therefore, incumbent upon all of us to be tolerant of different views and freely participate in the reconstruction of this economy.

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