India India remains bright spot in global economy: IMF

Christine-Lagarde-IMF-APWASHINGTON: With strong growth and rising real income, India remains a bright spot in the global economy, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said today.
In her major policy address, Lagarde said overall, the global outlook has weakened further over the last six months — exacerbated by China’s relative slowdown, lower commodity prices and the prospect of financial tightening for many countries.
Emerging markets had largely driven the recovery and the expectation was that the advanced economies would pick up the “growth baton”.
“That has not happened,” the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director said in her address ‘Decisive action to secure durable growth’ at Goethe University, Frankfurt in Germany.
While emerging markets are a very diverse group, the story is broadly similar. China’s transition to a more sustainable economic model — which is good forĀ  China and the world — means that its growth rate, while still strong, is lower. Downturns in Brazil and Russia are larger than expected, she said.
“The same is true for the Middle East — hit hard by the oil price decline. Many African and low-income nations also face diminished prospects.
“India, by contrast, remains a bright spot — with strong growth and rising real incomes,” she said.

“India, for example, has reduced spending on costly energy subsidies so it can invest more in growth-enhancing social infrastructure.
Japan is investing in childcare to help more women work, which will boost growth over the medium term,” she said. She said, overall, the global outlook has weakened further over the last six months-exacerbated by China’s relative slowdown, lower commodity prices and the prospect of financial tightening for many countries.She said, the expectation that the advanced economies would pick up the growth baton has not been fulfilled.
Lagarde also said downturns in Brazil and Russia are larger than expected, and the same is true for West Asia, which has been hit hard by the oil price decline.
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