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IMF Chief Gives India Hope, Says Slowdown Temporary, Momentum Lies Ahead

International Monetary Fund chief Kristalina Georgieva has said growth slowdown in India appears to be temporary and she expects the momentum to improve going ahead.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum 2020 in Davos, she also said the world appears a better place in January 2020 compared to what it was when IMF announced its World Economic Outlook in October 2019.

She said the factors driving this positive momentum include receding trade tension after the US-China first phase trade deal and synchronised tax cuts, among others.

She, however, said a growth rate of 3.3 per cent is not fantastic for the world economy.

“It is still sluggish growth. We want fiscal policies to be more aggressive and we want structural reforms and more dynamism,” the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said.

On emerging markets, she said they are also moving forward.

“We had a downgrade in one large market India but we believe that’s temporary. We expect momentum to improve further going ahead. There are also some bright spots like Indonesia and Vietnam,” she noted.

She further said a number of African countries are doing very well, but some other nations like Mexico are not.

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