Because of the increase in resources and the decrease in expenditures, in April the primary and financial deficits fell by 85.2% and 77.4%, respectively, compared to the negative figures for the same month of last year. The economic result was positive by AR$15.97 billion.

These figures do not include the exceptional transfer of profits of AR$230 billion made by the Central Bank to the Treasury in April last year.

  • Tax revenue and Social Security resources grew significantly, by 44.9% and 14.2% year on year (YoY) in real terms, respectively. In both cases, the low comparison base resulting from the Mandatory Preventive Social Isolation (ASPO), which came into effect on March 20, 2020, had an impact.
  • Expenditures related to the COVID-19 pandemic were lower than those of last year and this influenced a drop in primary spending. In this item, social benefits and transfers to provinces fell by 26.8% YoY and 64.9% YoY, respectively.
  • Expenditures on personnel and pensions decreased at rates of 12.9% YoY and 13.4% YoY, respectively.
  • In the first four-month period, 97.4% of the budget allocated to REPRO II, prior to the last budget expansion provided for by Administrative Decision 460/2021 at the beginning of May, has already been executed.
  • In April, the implementation of social programs reached 41.1% of the appropriation allocated for the year, above the general average of 28.1%.
  • During the first four months of the year, the initial approved budget increased by AR$47.9 billion. Among the items that had the largest increases in relation to their initial appropriation were the purchase of vaccines against COVID-19 and logistics and distribution services (AR$29.2 billion), and the REPRO II Program (AR$22.2 billion).
Budget Bill 2019 – Preliminary Approval by the Chamber of Deputies

Budget Bill 2019 – Preliminary Approval by the Chamber of Deputies

By virtue of the amendments introduced by the Chamber of Deputies in the 2019 Budget Bill, resources are increased by AR$2.67 billion and expenditures by AR$24.2 billion, which creates a financing gap of AR$21.53 billion.

Under current legislation, this requires a reduction of expenditures by the same amount or to seek additional financing, which would alter the primary and financial balances.

The preliminary approval implies an increase of 0.1% in resources and an increase of 0.6% in total expenditures.

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