Growth slowdown temporary, expect it to improve: IMF chief

IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva on January 24 said growth slowdown in India appears to be temporary and she expects the momentum to improve going ahead.
IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva
IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva


Speaking here at the WEF 2020, she also said 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 the factors driving this positive momentum include receding trade tension after the US-China first phase trade deal and synchronised tax cuts, among others. She, however, said a growth rate of 3.3 per cent is not fantastic 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 MD of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said.

On emerging markets, she said they are also moving forward. “We had a downgrade in one large market India but we believe that’s temporary. We expect momentum to improve further going ahead. There are also some bright spots like Indonesia and Vietnam,” she noted.

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.

India’s foreign exchange reserves rose $ 943 million to touch a life-time high of $ 462.16 billion in the week ended January 17, as per latest RBI data. In the previous week, the reserves had increased by $ 58 million to $ 461.21 billion.

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