IMF chief sees multi-speed global recovery increasingly powered by China, US

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Kristalina Georgieva said the IMF will raise global growth forecasts for 2021 and 2022 next week when it releases its latest World Economic Outlook.
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The global economy is in a multi-speed recovery increasingly powered by China and the United States, the world’s two largest economies, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said on Tuesday.

“While the outlook has improved overall, prospects are diverging dangerously not only within nations but also across countries and regions,” Georgieva said in a curtain raiser speech ahead of the 2021 virtual spring meetings of the IMF and the World Bank scheduled next week.

“In fact, what we see is a multi-speed recovery, increasingly powered by two engines — the US and China,” she said, adding they are part of a small group of countries that will be well ahead of their pre-crisis gross domestic product levels by the end of 2021.

However, the cumulative loss in per capita income, relative to pre-crisis projections, will be 11 percent in advanced economies by next year, while the loss for emerging and developing economies excluding China will be 20 percent, Georgieva noted.

“This loss of income means millions of people will face destitution, homelessness, and hunger,” she said.

Georgieva also said the IMF will raise global growth forecasts for 2021 and 2022 next week when it releases its latest World Economic Outlook. “We now expect a further acceleration: partly because of additional policy support, including the new fiscal package in the United States; and partly because of the expected vaccine-powered recovery in many advanced economies later this year,” she said.

In January, the IMF projected that the global economy will grow by 5.5 percent in 2021, 0.3 percentage point above its October forecast.

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