IMF Raises Russia's GDP Growth Forecast to 1.8% in 2019

Finance Minister Asad Umar says decision is taken after consulting leading economists

Finance Minister Asad Umar says decision is taken after consulting leading economists

He said the previous governments had taken loans recklessly, which has resulted in the country's debt ballooning from Rs 6 trillion to Rs 30 trillion in the past 10 years alone.

Last month, the Swiss government, raised its GDP forecast for 2018 to 2.9% from 2.4% and, earlier this year, it was announced that Swiss exports had matched and surpassed their recent growth.

The International Monetary Fund has today cut its global economic growth forecasts for 2018 and 2019.

Pakistan's government had previously said seeking help from the International Monetary Fund was the last option and would prefer succour from friendly nations, widely interpreted as a reference to traditional allies China and Saudi Arabia.

Reflecting such sentiments, growth in trade of goods and services across the world was revised down 0.6 point from the July forecast to 4.2 percent in 2018 and 0.5 point to 4.0 percent in 2019, according to the report.

The U.S. and China have imposed higher tariffs on tens of billions of dollars' worth of products the two countries have exported to each other, with no immediate end in sight to the tit-for-tat dispute. "This is the United States trying stop China's growth - it's a bad idea", Sachs, director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, told a seminar in Bali.

The projected economic growth of the sub-Sahara Africa from 3.1 percent this year to 3.8 percent in 2019 is not enough to create the needed jobs for the growing population of the region, the Fund added.

"Owing to these changes, our worldwide growth projections for both this year and next are downgraded to 3.7 per cent, 0.2 percentage point below our last assessments and the same rate achieved in 2017", the report said.

"It's tempting to be a bit depressed about this perspective but I'm actually hopeful because there is a clear appetite to improve and expand trade", she said.

"Looking ahead, renewed impetus to reform labour and land markets, along with further improvements to the business climate, are also crucial", it said.

"Priority areas in Russian Federation include improving property rights and governance, enhancing the institutional infrastructure, reforming labor markets, and investing in innovation and infrastructure", the report added. In India, a high interest burden and risks from rising yields require continued focus on debt reduction to establish policy credibility and build buffers. Washington charges that China uses predatory tactics, including outright cybertheft and forcing foreign companies to hand of trade secrets in exchange for access to the Chinese market.

The IMF, in its twice annual assessment of global financial stability, said conditions remain broadly conducive to economic growth, but are at risk of worsening should emerging markets deteriorate further or trade tensions escalate.

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