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Indian economy to grow at 7.8% in '08, predicts IMF

IMF says developing nations are expected to continue to grow strongly but at a slightly slower pace than 2006.

business Updated: Apr 12, 2007, 01:43 IST
Sridhar Krishnaswami
Sridhar Krishnaswami

With the world economy predicted to slow down this year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has forecast that Indian economy will grow at 7.8 per cent in 2008.

"Emerging markets and developing countries are expected to continue to grow strongly, albeit at a somewhat slower pace than in 2006," IMF said in its World Economic Outlook (WEO) report on Wednesday.

In India, rising revenues are expected to lead to a more than 1 per cent of GDP decline in the deficit ( to 6.3 per cent of GDP ) in FY2007, but with a public debt ratio of 80 per cent of GDP, further consolidation remains a priority.

Inflationary pressures across the region remain generally well contained, although rapid credit growth poses a challenge in a number of countries.

The Economic Outlook points to a global economy that expanded vigorously in 2006, growing by 5.4 per cent while the economy of the United States slowed in the face of headwinds from a sharp downturn in the housing market.

However, decline in oil prices since August have helped to sustain consumer spending.

In India, upward inflationary pressures and rapid credit growth have prompted the Reserve Bank of India to raise policy rates and the cash reserve requirement for banks.

With inflationary pressures still strong, some further tightening is likely to be needed, the Fund has maintained.

Comprehensive spending and revenue reforms, including removal of exemptions to corporate income taxes and excise duties apart from elimination of nonessential subsidies, could help achieve fiscal deficit goals while creating space for priority spending, the IMF said in its report.

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