Natural Resources in Senegal Before and After the Recent Oil and Gas Discoveries

From the IMF’s latest report on Senegal:

“The natural resource landscape in Senegal has changed substantially following significant oil and gas discoveries between 2014 and 2017. This paper estimates the macroeconomic impact of these discoveries and discusses potential fiscal frameworks for managing related revenues. Pre-production investment (2019-2021) will lead to an increase in the current account deficit, but this will be followed by a boost to exports as hydrocarbon production comes online (2022 onwards). Discoveries are important but will not lead to a major transformation of the economy, with hydrocarbons expected to make up not more than 5 percent of GDP. Fiscal revenues would average about 1.5 percent of GDP over a 25-year period and about 3 percent of GDP when production peaks. Given the relatively small gains in revenue, staff recommends a fiscal framework that allows for an initial draw down of government resources to finance large up-front investment needs, followed by an appropriate target level of the non-resource primary balance which is to serve as a medium-term fiscal anchor. Issues related to managing the volatility of resource revenues are also discussed.”

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Labels: Energy & Climate Change


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