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UK, Japan enter recession; focus now on India | Opinion

Written by  Jasleen Kaur -- February 17th 2024 03:35 PM
UK, Japan enter recession; focus now on India | Opinion

UK, Japan enter recession; focus now on India | Opinion

PTC Web Desk: In a significant economic development, two major global economies, Japan and the UK, have recently fallen into recession, underscoring the financial challenges nations continue to grapple with in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. The United Kingdom disclosed a contraction of 0.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2023, officially entering a recession. This economic downturn poses a formidable challenge for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, with his Conservative party potentially facing a general election later this year.

Simultaneously, Japan, once poised to claim the title of the world's largest economy, is struggling to recover from the financial toll of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has pushed the nation down to the fourth position, trailing behind Germany.

Germany itself is wrestling with obstacles in its export-dependent manufacturing sector and is confronted with challenges stemming from surging energy prices following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The European Central Bank's decision to raise interest rates, uncertainties surrounding the budget, and a persistent shortage of skilled labour further impede Germany's economic growth.

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The focus now shifts to India, emerging as an attractive prospect for investors. Projections from the International Monetary Fund indicate that India is on track to surpass both Japan and Germany in terms of economic output, with estimates suggesting this shift could occur in 2026 and 2027, respectively.

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India currently stands as the world's fifth-largest economy, trailing behind the US, China, Japan, and Germany. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures for 2023 show the US at $27.94 trillion and China at $17.5 trillion. While India's GDP is currently around $3.7 trillion, its growth rate remains robust at approximately 7%.

According to the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2024 report, India is anticipated to sustain its position as the fastest-growing large economy, with a projected growth rate of 6.2% in 2024.

India's allure for multinational corporations is on the rise, with the country being viewed as a crucial alternative manufacturing base amidst the supply chain diversification strategies of developed economies.

As the gap between developed nations and emerging economies continues to narrow, India finds itself in a pivotal position to capitalise on this opportunity, potentially becoming a significant player in the global economic landscape. The evolving dynamics present a critical juncture for India to assert its influence and contribute substantially to global growth in the years ahead.



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