Global growth is expected to slow further next year: IMF

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As countries grapple with the fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, spiraling cost-of-living and economic downturns, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicted that global growth is expected to slow further next year.

The IMF cites many reasons that caused the loss to the world economy including the war in Ukraine driving up food and energy prices following the coronavirus outbreak while soaring costs and rising interest rates threaten to reverberate around the globe.

“This year’s shocks will re-open economic wounds that were only partially healed post-pandemic,” said International Monetary Fund economic counsellor Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas in a blog post accompanying the fund’s latest World Economic Outlook, as per AFP report.

More than a third of the global economy is headed for contraction this year or next, and the three biggest economies — the United States, European Union and China — will continue to stall, he warned.

The news agency report quoting Gourinchas further said, “The worst is yet to come and, for many people 2023 will feel like a recession”.

In its report, the IMF trimmed its 2023 global GDP forecast to 2.7 percent, 0.2 points down from July expectations.

Its world growth forecast for this year remains unchanged at 3.2 percent.

The global growth profile is its “weakest” since 2001, apart from during the global financial crisis and the worst of the pandemic, the IMF said.

This reflects slowdowns for the biggest economies, including a US GDP contraction in the first half of 2022 and continued lockdowns in China as it faces a property market crisis, the AFP report said.

The report said the main reason behind the slowdown is a shift in policy as central banks try to bring down soaring inflation, with higher interest rates starting to take the heat out of domestic demand.

Growing price pressures are the most immediate threat to prosperity, said Gourinchas in the report, adding that central banks are now “laser-focused on restoring price stability”.

Global inflation is expected to peak at 9.5 percent this year before dropping to 4.1 percent by 2024, it said.

Misjudging the persistence of inflation could prove detrimental to future macroeconomic stability, he warned, “by gravely undermining the hard-won credibility of central banks.”

Asked about the Federal Reserve’s rate hikes, Gourinchas told a press briefing on Tuesday that the IMF is not calling for acceleration, but this “doesn’t mean that they should pause on the path… that we’ve seen” either.

This is because banks were starting from a point where rates were historically low as countries emerged from the pandemic, he was quoted further saying.

The IMF has also cut forecasts for the world’s two biggest economies, the United States and China.


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