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India's economy likely to grow by 7.5% in 2022-23, say ADB

Written by  Jasleen Kaur -- April 06th 2022 03:11 PM -- Updated: April 06th 2022 03:12 PM
India's economy likely to grow by 7.5% in 2022-23, say ADB

India's economy likely to grow by 7.5% in 2022-23, say ADB

New Delhi, April 6: Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Wednesday said the Indian economy was projected to grow by 7.5 per cent in the current financial year and the growth would accelerate to 8 per cent in 2023-24.

The economic growth in the coming years will be supported by increased public investment in infrastructure and a pickup in private investment, according to Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2022, the latest edition of ADB's flagship economic publication. India's economy likely to grow by 7.5% in 2022-23, say ADB The outlook assumes sustained progress in Covid-19 vaccinations while also that any new variants of the virus would be of limited severity. It also factors in the impact of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, primarily higher global oil and commodity prices that will contribute to rising inflation and a widening of the current account deficit, ADB said in the report. Also read | India stands firm when world divided into rival factions, says PM Modi on BJP's 42nd foundation day "India is on the path to a sustained economic recovery, thanks to the vigorous countrywide drive to deliver safe and wide-reaching Covid-19 vaccinations, which helped reduce the severity of the third pandemic wave with minimal disruptions to mobility and economic activity," said ADB Country Director for India Takeo Konishi. "The Government of India's policy to improve logistics infrastructure, incentives to facilitate industrial production, and measures to improve farmers' income will support the country's accelerated recovery," Konishi said in the report. India's economy likely to grow by 7.5% in 2022-23, say ADB Risks to the outlook include uncertain global economic conditions, potential new surges in Covid-19 cases, and sharp rises in commodity prices. Large public infrastructure investments planned over the next two years will encourage more private investment. Together with the PM Gati Shakti initiative to improve India's logistics infrastructure, increased financial and technical support to states to expand capital investment will boost infrastructure spending and help spur economic growth. Private consumption will pick up as labour market conditions improve. Forecasts are based on a normal Monsoon, which coupled with rising wheat prices, is expected to boost agriculture output and improve farmers' income. The government's production-linked incentive scheme will provide a thrust to the manufacturing sector in 2022-23 and 2023-24. On price rise, the ADB said inflation is likely to increase to 5.8 per cent in 2022-23 amid rising oil prices. "While the monetary policy will remain accommodative, the central bank may hike policy rates in the latter part of the fiscal due to tightening of the United States federal funds rate and elevated oil prices," ADB said. India's economy likely to grow by 7.5% in 2022-23, say ADB Also read | WHO flags concerns over climate change, warns of addl 2.5 lakh deaths annually The current account deficit is projected to widen to 2.8 per cent of gross domestic product in 2022-23 due to the rising oil import bill and is expected to decline to 1.9 per cent in 2023-24 amid an uptick in export growth. Foreign direct investment inflow is expected to moderate amid rising global uncertainty and tightening of global economic and financial conditions. -PTC News

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