India becomes world's 5th largest economy with $2.94 trillion GDP; overtakes UK, France: Report

  • A US-based think tank World Population Review in its report said that India is developing into an open-market economy from its previous autarkic policies

  • The size of the UK economy is $2.83 trillion and that of France is $ 2.71 trillion

  • India's real GDP growth, however, it said is expected to weaken for the third straight year from 7.5 percent to 5 percent

New Delhi: India emerged as the world's fifth-largest economy by overtaking the UK and France in 2019, says a report.

A US-based think tank World Population Review in its report said that India is developing into an open-market economy from its previous autarkic policies.

"India's economy is the fifth-largest in the world with a GDP of $2.94 trillion, overtaking the UK and France in 2019 to take the fifth spot," it said.

The size of the UK economy is $2.83 trillion and that of France is $ 2.71 trillion.

 India becomes worlds 5th largest economy with Representational image. AFP.94 trillion GDP; overtakes UK, France: Report

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The report further said that in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms, India's GDP (PPP) is $10.51 trillion, exceeding that of Japan and Germany. Due to India's high population, India's GDP per capita is $2,170 (for comparison, the US is $62,794).

India's real GDP growth, however, it said is expected to weaken for the third straight year from 7.5 percent to 5 percent.

The report observed that India's economic liberalisation began in the early 1990s and included industrial deregulation, reduced control on foreign trade and investment, and privatisation of state-owned enterprises.

"These measures have helped India accelerate economic growth," it said.

India's service sector is the fast-growing sector in the world accounting for 60 percent of the economy and 28 per of employment, the report said, adding that manufacturing and agriculture are two other significant sectors of the economy.

The US-based World Population Review is an independent organisation without any political affiliations.

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Updated Date: Feb 18, 2020 09:37:09 IST