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UAE to lend Serbia $1 billion to plug deficit, refinance loans

10-year loan would bear an interest rate of 2.25%

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BELGRADE: The United Arab Emirates will lend Serbia $1 billion (Dh3.67 billion) to help the indebted Balkan country refinance its existing debts and to help it finance its ongoing budget deficit, Serbian Finance Minister Dusan Vujovic said on Monday.

Speaking at a conference in Belgrade, Vujovic said the 10-year loan would bear an interest rate of 2.25 per cent and be ratified by parliament “in coming days”.

Serbia’s economy has performed strongly this year, with its budget deficit forecast to come in at 2.5 per cent of GDP this year, lower than the 4 per cent planned for. Serbia has been pushing for the International Monetary Fund, with which it has a $1.2 billion loan deal, to authorise higher spending next year.