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India Remains Bright Spot In Global Economy: Lagarde

By Religare

With strong growth and rising real income, India remains a bright spot in the global economy, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said as per the PTI report.

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.

India Remains Bright Spot In Global Economy: Lagarde
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.

She said regarding fiscal policy, for most countries the issue is how to make policies more growth friendly. This can be done by shifting the composition of revenue and expenditure. "India, for example, has reduced spending on costly energy subsidies so it can invest more in growth-enhancing social infrastructure," 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.

The ASEAN-5 economies — Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam — are also performing well, while countries such as Mexico continue to grow," Lagarde said.

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