Iċ-ċifri proviżorji tat-tranżazzjonijiet esterni ta’ Malta juru li matul Jannar-Marzu 2023, il-bilanċ tal-kont kurrenti rreġistra defiċit ta’ €5.1 miljuni, meta mqabbel ma’ defiċit ta’ €43.8 miljun fl-istess tliet xhur tas-sena taʼ qabel. Dan id-defiċit kien primarjament ir-riżultat ta’ bilanċ negattiv irreġistrat fil-kont tal-oġġetti (€516.7-il miljun), fil-kont tad-dħul primarju (€502.3 miljun) u fil-kont tad-dħul sekondarju (€90.3 miljun). Dan kien parzjalment ikkumpensat minn bilanċ nett pożittiv fil-kont tas-servizzi (€1,104.2 miljuni).
Matul l-ewwel trimestru tal-2023, il-kont kapitali rreġistra bilanċ nett pożittiv ta’ €144.3 miljun, li huwa €91.2 miljun aktar miċ-ċifra rreġistrata fl-ewwel trimestru tal-2022.
Il-kont finanzjarju kien iffurmat minn żieda netta ta’ €937.8 miljun fl-assi, żieda fil-bilanċ tal-assi netti ta’ €2,356.3 miljun meta mqabbel mal-valur irreġistrat fl-istess trimestru tal-2022. L-iżvilupp fil-bilanċ tal-kont finanzjarju kien ġej l-aktar minn bilanċi netti pożittivi tal-assi fl-investiment dirett (€778.3 miljun) u fl-investiment tal-portafoll (€587.5 miljun). Dan kien parzjalment ikkumpensat minn bilanċi netti negattivi tal-assi f’investiment ieħor (€414.8-il miljun) u fid-derivattivi finanzjarji (€29.4 miljun). Fl-istess perjodu, l-assi ta’ riżerva żdiedu b’€16.2-il miljun (Tabella nru 1).
1. The National Statistics Office (NSO), with the cooperation of the Central Bank of Malta (CBM), is responsible for the collection, compilation and presentation of both the Balance of Payments (BOP) as well as the International Investment Position (IIP) statements of Malta. Both statements are compiled in accordance with the international guidelines set in the sixth manual of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as well as with the similarly-set methodological guidelines established by Eurostat.
2. Different data sources have been used in the compilation of the figures presented in this release. The main sources used include: (a) enterprise transactions data collected by the Commissioner for Revenue, which are then complemented with survey data; (b) customs data and INTRASTAT declarations, which are used as a source for merchandise transactions; (c) TOURSTAT and other administrative sources are used to compile data for the travel account; and (d) data published by the Bank for International Settlements, which advanced efforts to capture data on the household sector. These sources cover transactions relating to the current account, the capital account and the financial account.
3. The majority of the transactions that are collected through the above-mentioned sources are broken down by country. The data are subsequently compiled using a standard format and published at a quarterly frequency.
4. The data in this news release do not necessarily correspond to the latest published National Accounts data for the same reference period. This is due to different cut-off dates for the two sets of data.
5. Revisions are conducted on a quarterly basis with the previous data remaining subject to revision.
6. The reported quarterly figure for re-invested earnings (a component of both the income account and the direct investment account) is partly collated annually. Where actual figures are not available, an average of the re-invested earnings quoted for the previous four years is apportioned on a quarterly basis. This figure is then revised once the actual questionnaires are submitted by the surveyed entities.
7. Shipment data (freight and insurance) are measured from the c.i.f. INTRASTAT import data, while data for the travel account are collected from TOURSTAT and other administrative sources.
8. Adjustments for exports and imports of goods are made for BOP and National Accounts purposes, since merchandise trade data include imports and exports of oil made by non-resident companies having a Maltese VAT number. These are not considered as BOP transactions. Consequently, such imports and exports are being subtracted from the totals. Where necessary, oil imports by Maltese resident companies are imputed.
9. Figures are not seasonally adjusted.
10. Figures may not add up due to rounding.
11. Any reference to the EU in tables 3 and 4 refers to the formation excluding UK.
13. References to this news release are to be cited appropriately.
14. Statistics in this news release should be interpreted in context to the unprecedented developments related to COVID-19.
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