- February 12, 2020
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- Category: Daily News
- Singapore will roll out a “strong” economic package next week as part of its national Budget to mitigate the economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak, with the impact on the trade-reliant economy seen as worse than during the 2003 Sars pandemic.
- The increased economic threat stems from several reasons, such as China’s economy being much bigger today as well as being more consumption- and service-oriented, said Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for National Development who co-chairs the multi-ministry task force set up to coordinate Singapore’s response.
- Mr Wong declined to reveal the size of the package or whether it will be bigger than the SGD230mn SARS relief package rolled out during the 2003 crisis.
- The SARS relief package contained property tax rebates and a bridging loan programme for small and medium-sized firms to help them with short-term cash-flow problems. “We are preparing for a strong package in the coming budget to help our companies as well as to help workers stay in their jobs,” Mr Wong added.
- Mr Wong said beyond specific sectors like tourism and hospitality that have already weakened, the broader knock-on effect could be “quite severe.“
- Singapore is already bracing for its economy to be hit harder by the coronavirus than Sars. It is expecting as much as a 30% drop in tourist arrivals and spending in 2020.
- Singapore currently has 47 confirmed cases of the virus disease, now named Covid-19, one of the largest number of infections outside of China.
External Link : https://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/budget-next-week-will-include-strong-package-to-counter-coronavirus-fallout