The Malta Independent 18 October 2021, Monday

Standard and Poor’s affirms Malta’s good rating with a positive outlook – Finance Minister

Saturday, 16 March 2019, 15:59 Last update: about 4 years ago

The Ministry for Finance welcomed the latest credit rating report published by Standard and Poor's, which affirmed Malta's short and long-term sovereign credit rating at 'A-/A-2' with a positive outlook.

Standard and Poor's attributes Malta's positive rating to its strong growth performance, recurring current account surpluses driven by its large services exports, and the improving Government budgetary and debt positions, and fiscal management, a government statement read.

Minister for Finance Edward Scicluna comments, "We are committed to continue safeguarding our success in economic growth and public finances and to continue strengthening the supervisory standards of the financial sector. Indeed, the credit rating report acknowledges the Maltese authorities' efforts to strengthen supervisory standards and their cooperation with the EBA to reach this goal. As regards the external risks to growth pointed out by the credit rating agency, we are actively monitoring such risks by promoting further diversification and registering broad-based economic growth."

Standard and Poor's expect Malta's headline GDP growth performance to, likely, exceed that of peers at similar income levels and stages of development, government said.

"The credit rating report notes that Malta's real GDP growth accelerated to 7.6 % on average in the 2014 to 2018 period. It also acknowledges that the structural shifts in the economy created new employment opportunities causing the unemployment rate to decline further to 3.8 % in 2018, the lowest in two decades."

"Standard and Poor's acknowledge that the Government has consolidated public finances and reduced general Government debt relative to GDP. They anticipate macroeconomic policymaking to remain geared toward further fiscal consolidation. Indeed, they expect the general government balance to remain in surplus over their forecast period from 2019 to 2022 while the debt-to-GDP ratio is expected to fall to 35%."

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