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IMF wants India to focus on financial reforms

india Updated: Sep 01, 2006 14:59 IST
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The International Monetary Fund has said India should make its financial system more efficient and hasten structural reforms to sustain high economic growth, which averaged about eight per cent in the last three years.

IMF Managing Director Rodrigo de Rato also cautioned about inflationary pressures in the Indian economy, but was appreciative of the Reserve Bank's efforts in this direction.

"There is need to make the financial system more efficient and with bigger competition there is the need for structural reforms to make India more capable of benefiting from the world economy," de Rato told a group of journalists from Asia Pacific.

He was previewing the forthcoming annual fund-bank meeting in Singapore later this month.

"Certainly structural impediments not only in terms of flexibility in the markets but also in terms of the structure are a key question in the Indian agenda for the future," the IMF Chief said.

He said though India's growth has averaged about eight per cent in the last three years, some inflationary pressures are building. "In that respect, monetary authorities and their efficiency is very important and has been shown already," he added.

"India is one of the countries that has been changing in a very positive direction recently. We see the government reform agenda as a very important one as the VAT reforms of last year showed. But the question here is not what has been done in the past... But how can we face the future," de Rato said.

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