Bulgarian state budget for 2012 will stipulate a 2.8-2.9% GDP growth, stated Minister of Finance Simeon Djankov Tuesday evening.
Bulgarian ruling center-right GERB cabinet has earlier stated it will table the national budget to Parliament after the holding of presidential and municipal elections October 23, with a second round October 30.
This is unusually late for Bulgarian practice, but the government has said that it has already drawn the larger framework for the budget.
Just last week, the cabinet revised its forecast for growth in 2012 from an optimistic 4.2% to 2.5%, with Djankov citing slowdown in Western Europe.
Now the Bulgarian Finance Minister is still vowing a higher figure, saying that the state budget will feature 2.8% or 2.9% growth, reports the Bulgarian National Radio.
Recently Washington, D.C.-based Institute of International Finance released a study estimating 2012 GDP growth in Bulgaria at 2.2%.
End of September the IMF downgraded its own forecast for Bulgarian growth for the present year 2.5% from an earlier 3% estimate, against the Bulgarian government's own 3.6% forecast./Source: Sofia News Agency/