India’s ‘dynamic economy’ to grow at 7.7%: UN

NEW DELHI, Jan 18: India is one of the most “dynamic emerging economies” and is likely to grow at 7.7 per cent this year on strong private demand and government reforms but excluding the effect of demonetisation, a UN report said today.
It said demonetisation undertaken in India will have a “significant impact” on consumer spending in the short term but the country’s economy will return to the about 7.6-7.7 per cent growth.
When asked as to why the UN has not taken into account demonetisation impact on growth forecast, Economic Affairs Officer at UN ESCAP Matthew Hammil said: The UN report was prepared in late November, then finalised in December.”
Going forward, he said, the growth rate for India is expected to be slower than what is projected now, taking into account the demonetisation factor.
According to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Progress (WESP) report released here today, the country’s economy is likely to expand at about 7.6 per cent in 2018.
“India has positioned itself as one of the most dynamic emerging economies. Growth is projected to reach 7.7 per cent in 2017 and 7.6 per cent in 2018 amid strong private consumption,” said the report.
It expects a slight pick-up in investment demand supported by monetary easing, government efforts towards infrastructure investments and public-private partnerships and domestic reforms. Earlier this month, without taking into account the demonetisation impact, India projected the economy to grow at a slower pace of 7.1 per cent in 2016-17 — as against 7.6 per cent in the previous fiscal — on poor manufacturing, mining and construction sector activities.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday cut the growth rate to 6.6 per cent as against its earlier estimate of 7.6 per cent citing temporary negative consumption shock due to demonetisation. (PTI)