SA’s stimulus plan unlikely to boost growth significantly: Fitch


JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s multi-billion dollar plan to turnaround the economy will do little to lift the country’s sluggish economic growth rate, ratings agency Fitch said on Tuesday.

The Fitch Ratings logo is seen at their offices at Canary Wharf financial district in London,Britain, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause
“South Africa’s latest economic plan is unlikely to deliver a significant boost to economic growth,” said Fitch, which rates Pretoria’s foreign and local currency debt at subinvestment, adding that rand’s recent plunge would also hinder the plan.

“The plan does include measures that could support growth, but many relate to long-standing policy ideas that have been slow to implement,” Fitch said of the plan announced by Ramaphosa on Friday to pull the economy out of recession.

Reporting by Mfuneko Toyana; Editing by Ed Stoddard

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