India outpaces China as world's fastest-growing economy, will continue to do so in 2019 and 2020, says UN report

New Delhi: India will continue to remain the world's fastest-growing large economy in 2019 as well as in 2020, much ahead of China, a UN report said Wednesday.

According to the UN's World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2019, India's GDP growth is expected to accelerate to 7.6 percent in 2019-2020 from an estimated 7.4 percent in the current fiscal ending March, 2019. The growth rate may come down to 7.4 percent a year later.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

In the case of China, the growth is estimated to decelerate to 6.3 percent in 2019 from 6.6 percent in 2018. It may further go down to 6.2 percent in 2020.

"Growth (in India) continues to be underpinned by robust private consumption, a more expansionary fiscal stance and benefits from previous reforms. Yet, a more robust and sustained recovery of private investment remains crucial to lift the medium-term growth," WESP report said.

Referring to China, it said the growth is expected to moderate from 6.6 percent in 2018 to 6.3 percent in 2019, with policy support partly offsetting the negative impact of trade tensions.

The report further said the global economy would continue to grow at a steady pace of around 3 percent in 2019 and 2020 amid signs that global growth has peaked.

However, a worrisome combination of development challenges could further undermine growth, it added.

The report also highlighted that global trade tensions pose a threat to the economic outlook.

Amid the rise in global trade tensions, world trade growth moderated over the course of 2018 to 3.8 percent from growth of 5.3 percent in 2017.

"While tensions have materially impacted some specific sectors, stimulus measures and direct subsidies have so far offset much of the direct economic impacts on China and the US," it said.

"But a prolonged escalation of trade tensions could severely disrupt the global economy," WESP report said.

Directly impacted sectors have already witnessed rising input prices and delayed investment decisions.

These impacts, it said, can be expected to spread through global value chains, particularly in East Asia.

Slower growth in China and the United States could also reduce the demand for commodities, affecting commodity exporters from Africa and Latin America.

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Updated Date: Jan 23, 2019 23:06:16 IST

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