India to grow at 7.3 per cent in 2018, 7.4 per cent next yr: IMF

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Oct 2018 09:04:55


 

By Lalit K Jha,

WASHINGTON,

INDIA is projected to grow at 7.3 per cent in 2018 and 7.4 per cent next year, the IMF said Tuesday, predicting that the country will regain the tag of the world’s fastest growing major economy this year, surpassing China with more than 0.7 percentage points.


In 2017, India had clocked a 6.7 per cent growth rate.
In India, important reforms have been implemented in the recent years, including the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the inflation-targeting framework, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, and steps to liberalise foreign investment and make it easier to do business, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in its latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) report.


“India’s growth is expected to increase to 7.3 per cent in 2018 and 7.4 per cent in 2019 (slightly lower than in the April 2018 World Economic Outlook (WEO) for 2019, given the recent increase in oil prices and the tightening of global financial conditions), up from 6.7 per cent in 2017,” it said in the WEO report.


This acceleration, the world body said, reflected a rebound from transitory shocks (the currency exchange initiative and implementation of the GST), with strengthening investment and robust private consumption. India’s medium-term growth prospects remain strong at 7¾ per cent, benefiting from the ongoing structural reforms, but have been marked down by just under a half percentage point relative to the April 2018 WEO, it said.


If projections are true, then India would regain the tag of the fastest growing major economy of the world, crossing China with more than 0.7 percentage points in 2018 and an impressive 1.2 percentage point growth lead in 2019.
China was the fastest growing economy in 2017 as it was ahead of India by 0.2 percentage points. For the record, the IMF has lowered the growth projections for both India and China by 0.4 per cent and 0.32 per cent, respectively, from its annual April’s WEO.Released in Bali during the annual meeting of the IMF and the World Bank, the IMF’s flagship WEO said its 2019 growth projection for China is lower than in April, given the latest round of US tariffs on Chinese imports, as are its projections for India.


In China, growth is projected to moderate from 6.9 per cent in 2017 to 6.6 per cent in 2018 and 6.2 per cent in 2019, reflecting a slowing external demand growth and
necessary financial regulatory tightening, the report said.
The 0.2 percentage point downgrade to the 2019 growth forecast is attributable to the negative effect of recent tariff actions, assumed to be partially offset by policy stimulus, it said.