Hong Kong economy 'to grow up to 5.5 per cent', budget offers HK$5000 in coupons

Hong Kong economy 'to grow up to 5.5 per cent', budget offers HK$5000 in coupons

Hong Kong's economy is set to bounce back from the devastation wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic to record growth of up to 5.5 per cent in 2021, a boost that will allow the finance chief to dish out coupons worth $5,000 to each permanent resident, the Post has learned. Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po is set to deliver the optimistic outlook for the city's economic recovery during his budget address on Wednesday morning, assuming the successful roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccinations, which launched this week. He is expected to forecast economic growth of 3.5 per cent to 5.5 per cent for the calendar year. The growth domestic product forecast would take the economy back to 2017 levels. To revive the economy, he is expected to offer HK$5,000 in consumption coupons to each Hong Kong permanent resident of the city. The coupons will be subject to restrictions. Follow our live blog below for updates.
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