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Hong Kong Economy To Be Hit By Omicron Wave, Finance Chief Says

A closed bar in the Lan Kwai Fong nightlife area in Hong Kong, on Jan. 7. Photographer: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg

 January 9th, 2022  |  13:28 PM  |   65 views

HONG KONG

Hong Kong Financial Secretary Paul Chan expects the city’s economy to take a hit as a fifth wave of coronavirus infections sparked by the omicron variant takes hold.

 

The government has yet to give economic forecasts for 2022, which is expected during Chan’s annual budget speech in February, but he said in his blog post on Sunday that he will also take into account the global pandemic, supply-chain bottlenecks and changes in monetary policies by western central banks in making his predictions.

 

Economists at Morgan Stanley and Bloomberg Economics have already cut their economic growth forecasts for Hong Kong, citing the delayed reopening of borders with China amid the omicron wave.

 


 

Source:
courtesy of BLOOMBERG

by Natalie Lung

 

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