Key Developments in the Balance of Payments of the State of Kuwait for the Third Quarter of 2020
The Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) published today the preliminary data of the State of Kuwait’s Balance of Payments (BoP) for 3Q 2020, and the revised data of 2Q 2020. The data revealed a surplus during 3Q 2020 of KD 2,475.3 million in the Current Account (that sums up receipts and payments on transactions between the domestic economy and other economies in terms of goods, services and income) against a surplus of KD 4,154.3 million during the previous quarter, i.e. a drop by 40.4% equivalent to KD 1,679.0 million. This downturn is attributable to the decline in the total value of receipts on the credit side of the Current Account by KD 328.3 million or 4.2% compared with the previous quarter, and the increase in the total value of payments on the debit side of the Current Account by KD 1,350.6 million or 36.7% compared with the previous quarter.