IMF lifts 2023 growth forecast

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday raised its 2023 global growth outlook slightly due to “surprisingly resilient” demand in the United States and Europe, an easing of energy costs and the reopening of China’s economy after Beijing abandoned its strict Covid-19 restrictions

The IMF said global growth would still fall to 2

9% in 2023 from 3

4% in 2022, but its latest World Economic Outlook forecasts mark an improvement over an October prediction of 2

7% growth this year with warnings that the world could easily tip into recession

For 2024, the IMF said global growth would accelerate slightly to 3

1%, but this is a tenth of a percentage point below the October forecast as the full impact of steeper central bank interest rate hikes slows demand

IMF chief economist Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas said recession risks had subsided and central banks are making progress in controlling inflation, but more work was needed to curb prices and new disruptions could come from further escalation of the war in Ukraine and China’s battle against Covid-19

“We have to sort of be prepared to expect the unexpected, but it could well represent a turning point, with growth bottoming out and then inflation declining,” Gourinchas told reporters of the 2023 outlook

Published in The Express Tribune, February 1st, 2023

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Date:02-Feb-2023 Reference:View Original Link