(Adds more details)MANILA, June 18 (Reuters) - The Philippines is expected to post bigger current account surpluses for this year and 2022, the central bank said on Friday, due to better prospects for trade in goods and services as the global economy recovers from the pandemic shock.
The central bank raised its 2021 projection for the current account surplus to $10 billion, or 2.5% of gross domestic product (GDP), from its previous forecast of $9.1 billion, or 2.3% of GDP.
For next year, the current account surplus was expected to reach $6.7 billion, or 1.5% of GDP, also wider than the earlier estimate of $5.2 billion, or 1.2% of GDP, central bank managing director Zeno Abenoja told a news conference.
This year’s balance of payment surplus was forecast to reach $7.1 billion, up from the projected $6.2 billion in March, before narrowing to $2.7 billion next year.
The central bank’s also raised its estimate for foreign exchange reserves this year to $115 billion from $114 billion.
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