International Monetary Fund raises China growth forecast for 2017 to 6.8%

Posted October 11, 2017

The IMF also said that it expects Cyprus's current account deficit to shrink to 3.8 percent this year, compared to 5.3 percent last year and to 2.7 percent in 2018 percent. Eurosceptics have called for Mr Hammond to be sacked, believing that his pressing for a long post-Brexit transition period from European Union membership amounts to effective resistance to leaving the bloc.

A delay in infrastructure projects execution also risks having the additional revenues from the comprehensive tax reform program being diverted to other expenditure items with little growth potential, it added. Global GDP growth was 3.2% in 2016.

"In India, growth momentum slowed, reflecting the lingering impact of the authorities' currency exchange initiative as well as uncertainty related to the midyear introduction of the country-wide Goods and Services Tax", the International Monetary Fund said in its latest World Economic Outlook report.

In its latest World Economic Outlook, the International Monetary Fund has revised its forecast for the global economy and is now expecting slightly stronger growth.

"We forecast in the pre-referendum period, as did others, there would be long run negative effects on the British economy", he said.

The IMF said that it only expects the United Kingdom to outperform a small handful of its peers this year, including with Italy which is expected to grow by 1.5 per cent, France, by 1.6 per cent and Japan by 1.5 per cent. The prediction for 2018 has been set at 6.5 percent for China.

South Africa's Treasury said in February it expected the economy to grow 1.3 percent in 2017, but Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba is due to announce revised projections on October 25 when he presents his medium term budget policy statement to parliament.

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The International Monetary Fund issued Tuesday a more optimistic prognosis for Russian Federation five months ahead of presidential elections but warned the authorities of structural constraints that jeopardise long-term economic prospects. However, Obstfeld warns that governments can't miss this "window of opportunity" to push for "ambitious" policies to increase growth, reduce public debt, and spend more on infrastructure and education while the global economy is prospering.

Russian economy contracted by 2.8 percent in 2015 and 0.2 percent in 2016 as a result of sagging oil prices and economic sanctions imposed by western countries over Moscow's annexation of Crimea and meddling in Ukraine.

The IMF said for 2017, most of its upgrade owes to brighter prospects for the advanced economies, whereas for 2018's positive revision, emerging market and developing economies play a relatively bigger role.

Since the float, Egypt's central bank has raised key interest rates by a total of 700 basis points.

"It's hard to judge to what extent above target inflation could feed through into nominal wages and complicate things", he said.

"We see continued robust domestic demand driven by investment and consumption, and fiscal policy is supportive of growth".