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Growth slowdown in India temporary, expect momentum to improve going ahead: IMF chief


Growth slowdown in India temporary, expect momentum to improve going ahead: IMF chief
IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva Image Credit: Flickr

IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva on Friday said growth slowdown in India appears to be temporary and that she expects the momentum to improve going ahead. The world appears a better place in January 2020 compared to what it was when IMF announced its World Economic Outlook in October 2019, she said at the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2020 here.

She said the factors driving this positive momentum include receding trade tension after the US-China first phase trade deal and synchronized tax cuts, among others. She, however, said 3.3 percent is not a fantastic growth rate for the world economy.

"It is still sluggish growth. We want fiscal policies to be more aggressive and we want structural reforms and more dynamism," the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said. On Monday, the fund lowered growth estimate for the world economy to 2.9 percent for 2019, citing "negative surprises" in a few emerging market economies, especially India.

The IMF also revised downwards its forecast for India to 4.8 percent for 2019-20. Regarding emerging markets, Georgieva on Friday said they are also moving forward.

"We had a downgrade in one large market India but we believe that's temporary. We expect the momentum to improve further going ahead. There are also some bright spots like Indonesia and Vietnam," she noted. According to Georgieva, a number of African countries are doing very well, but some other nations like Mexico are not.

On risks ahead for the global economy, the IMF chief listed factors like weakness in long-term productivity growth and low inflation. "We are living in a more risk-prone world. It is only January and there have been events that are sparking risks for the global economy," she added.

Releasing an update to its World Economic Outlook (WEO) on Monday, the IMF had said global growth, estimated at 2.9 percent in 2019, is projected to increase to 3.3 percent in 2020 and inch up further to 3.4 percent in 2021. Compared to the October WEO forecast, the estimate for 2019 and the projection for 2020 represent 0.1 percentage point reductions for each year while that for 2021 is 0.2 percentage point lower.

"A more subdued growth forecast for India... accounts for the lion's share of the downward revisions," it had said.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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