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Global economy still fraught with uncertainty: IMF chief

Sep 25, 2012 12:31 IST

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Washington: The global economy is still fraught with uncertainty and still far from where it needs to be, Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), said here.

"We continue to project a gradual recovery, but global growth will likely be a bit weaker than we had anticipated even in July, and our forecast has trended downward over the last 12 months," Lagarde said Monday at an event hosted by the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a Washington-based think tank.

Christine Lagarde.

"A number of factors are weighing the global economy down. At the center of them all is the element of uncertainty; uncertainty about whether policymakers can and will deliver on their promises," Xinhua quoted her as saying.

The global economic growth was confronted with a number of challenges including the ongoing eurozone debt crisis, a tepid recovery in the US, the economic slowdown in emerging markets, and concerns in low-income countries about rising food prices and volatile commodity prices, added the IMF chief.

The global economic recovery hinges on delivering on the policy commitments that have been made, she stressed.

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