India to be global growth leader in 2019-20: IMF

the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) World Economic Outlook Update released by chief economist Gita Gopinath on Monday said that India’s economy is expected to grow by 7.5 per cent in the 2019-20 fiscal year, keeping an upward trajectory as the rest of the world slumps.

India will continue to be the world’s fastest growing major economy, the report said.

The IMF’s flagship report said that India’s growth was estimated to be 7.3 per cent for the current fiscal year and forecast to rise to 7.7 per cent in 2020-21.

“India’s economy is poised to pick up in 2019, benefiting from lower oil prices and a slower pace of monetary tightening than previously expected, as inflation pressures ease,” the report said.

At the launch of the report in Davos, Switzerland, Gopinath said: “The global expansion is weakening and at a rate that is somewhat faster than expected.”

She said the update projects global growth at 3.5 per cent in 2019, a downward revision of 0.2 per cent from the October report, and 3.6 per cent in 2020, a reduction of 0.1 per cent.

“We believe the risks to more significant downward corrections are rising.”

However, she also said, “While this does not mean we are staring at a major downturn, it is important to take stock of the many rising risks.”