Singapore’s economic system has nearly recovered the output misplaced in the course of the first half of 2020, though its progress momentum eased within the first quarter of this 12 months.
However whereas the outlook for Singapore’s economic system has improved, projected progress outcomes throughout sectors have turn out to be much more lopsided than beforehand predicted, the Financial Authority of Singapore (MAS) famous in its biannual macroeconomic assessment launched on Wednesday (April 28).
Prospects for sectors much less affected by the pandemic, corresponding to manufacturing, have brightened, however these for sectors worst-hit, like air transport and lodging, have deteriorated considerably amid the worldwide rise in Covid-19 instances and the emergence of extra contagious virus strains, which have diminished hopes of a considerable reopening of worldwide borders within the close to time period.
MAS mentioned that Singapore’s financial progress is more likely to prime 6 per cent this 12 months, exceeding the higher finish of the 4 per cent to six per cent official progress forecast, barring a major setback in exercise from a weaker restoration of the worldwide economic system or a surge in regionally transmitted instances.
However this sturdy estimate comes regardless of the continued unevenness in financial restoration and better uncertainty, it cautioned.
Trying on the tendencies in early 2021, the trade-related business’s continued upward pattern was supported by the resilient manufacturing sector – industrial manufacturing expanded 8 per cent quarter on quarter within the January to March interval on a seasonally adjusted foundation – however the trendy providers sectors noticed slower growth within the early months of the 12 months.
The travel-related sector has proven few indications of a revival up to now, with the air transport section remaining muted and lodge occupancy in Singapore falling after the year-end surge in demand, MAS mentioned.
Nevertheless, the water transportation section noticed an identical growth to the manufacturing sector, with the amount of whole sea cargo dealt with at Singapore’s ports rising 3.2 per cent, on a quarter-on-quarter seasonally adjusted foundation.
Robust progress prospects amid uncertainty
Singapore’s progress for the 12 months is more likely to be sturdy, MAS mentioned, with exterior demand choosing up and enterprise sentiment amongst corporations within the Republic turning constructive within the first quarter of 2021.
However whereas there’s upside for growth from the likes of a stronger-than-anticipated upturn within the international electronics cycle, draw back dangers corresponding to Covid-19 virus mutation and vaccination efficacy stay, it famous.
The momentum for some trendy providers segments might reasonable within the coming quarters, corresponding to fund administration and insurance coverage. Others associated to digitalisation, corresponding to funds and IT and knowledge providers, ought to see regular progress.
The travel-related sector is more likely to see weaker restoration than anticipated, with few constructive indicators for worldwide enterprise and leisure journey, and home tourism unable to offer a lot of a lift to the lodging and humanities, leisure and recreation industries.
Supply: The Straits Occasions