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IMF sees slightly better global growth of 3.5% in 2017

The IMF’s semi-annual World Economic Outlook report revised global growth for this year, one-tenth of a percentage point higher than the January forecast.

world Updated: Apr 20, 2017 15:27 IST
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International Monetary Fund Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department Maurice Obstfeld as he answers a question during a joint press conference on the World Economic Outlook at the IMF Headquarters April 18 in Washington, DC.(AFP Photo)

The global economic recovery is improving and picking up steam, meaning growth should be slightly improved this year, the International Monetary Fund said in a report released Tuesday, but warned there are still risks on the horizon.

The IMF’s semi-annual World Economic Outlook report revised global growth up to 3.5 percent for this year, one-tenth of a percentage point higher than the January forecast.

It was the first upward revision in two years to the growth forecast, which has been consistently disappointing. For 2018, growth is expected to rise to 3.6 percent, and to 3.8 percent by 2022.

But the outlook still faces a series of threats that could erode the improvements, especially the rise of protectionist rhetoric, the IMF warned.