IMF suggests 3 steps to India to sustain high growth rate; expects economic recovery to continue

IMF said India should continue fiscal consolidation and lower elevated public debt levels supported by simplifying and streamlining the GST structure,

Press Trust of India July 17, 2018 07:23:31 IST
IMF suggests 3 steps to India to sustain high growth rate; expects economic recovery to continue

Washington: To sustain its high growth rate, India should carry out banking sector reforms, continue with fiscal consolidation and simplify the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as well as renew impetus to reforms of key markets, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) suggested on Monday.

India's growth accelerated to 7.7 percent in the fourth quarter of Financial Year (FY) 2017-18. That was up from 7 percent in the previous quarter, IMF Communications Director Gerry Rice told reporters at his fortnightly news conference.

"We expect the recovery to continue in FY 2018-19. Growth is projected at 7.4 percent in FY 2018-19 and actually 7.8 percent in FY 19-20, respectively," Rice said.

In order to sustain the high growth rate, Rice suggested three steps for India to follow.

IMF suggests 3 steps to India to sustain high growth rate expects economic recovery to continue

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To revive bank credit and enhance the efficiency of credit provision by accelerating the cleanup of banks and corporate balance sheets and enhancing the governance of public sector banks, he said.

India should continue fiscal consolidation and lower elevated public debt levels supported by simplifying and streamlining the GST structure, he said.

"And thirdly, over the medium-term, renew impetus to reforms of key markets, for example, labour and land, as well as improving the overall business climate would be crucial to improving competitiveness and again, maintaining that very high level of growth in India," Rice said.

The IMF Board is tentatively scheduled to meet on 18 July for its annual meeting on India.

"We will be releasing the staff report in relation to that Board meeting and it will have details (about GST)," he said when asked about simplifying and streamlining of the goods and services tax structure.

It (GST) is a complicated tax to administer and to implement, so some suggestions for streamlining can be important, he said.

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