It's a budget that invests for the long term.
It's a budget that sets priorities. It's a budget that will help us sustain economic growth and uphold pro-development policies.
In absolute terms, the deficit is high. However, this will contribute significantly to the country's gross domestic product. As economic activity gets a boost, the deficit will indirectly spur further economic growth.
The dimension of the current Five Year Plan (2001-2005) ending on December 31, 2005, entails economic balance and sustainable growth. Conservatively, the focus has been on real average income per capita by targeting annual GDP growth of not less than three per cent at constant rates. As the plan comes to a close, we expect to have achieved this target comfortably.