IMF announces its outlook on economic growth for countries in Middle East and Central Asia

IMF announces its outlook on economic growth for countries in Middle East and Central Asia
# 31 January 2023 11:11 (UTC +04:00)

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has updated its economic growth forecast for the Middle East and Central Asia region, where Azerbaijan is located, APA-Economics reports citing the IMF's January issue of "Development Prospects of the World Economy" report.

Growth in emerging and developing Asia is expected to rise in 2023 and 2024 to 5.3 percent and 5.2 percent, respectively, after the deeper-than-expected slowdown in 2022 to 4.3 percent attributable to China’s economy. China’s real GDP slowdown in the fourth quarter of 2022 implies a 0.2 percentage point downgrade for 2022 growth to 3.0 percent—the first time in more than 40 years that China’s growth is below the global average. Growth in China is projected to rise to 5.2 percent in 2023, reflecting rapidly improving mobility, and falling to 4.5 percent in 2024 before settling at below 4 percent over the medium term amid declining business dynamism and slow progress on structural reforms. Growth in India is set to decline from 6.8 percent in 2022 to 6.1 percent in 2023 before picking up to 6.8 percent in 2024, with resilient domestic demand despite external headwinds.

Growth in the ASEAN-5 countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand) is similarly projected to slow to 4.3 percent in 2023 and then pick up to 4.7 percent in 2024.

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