Global growth to weaken to 2.6% in 2019, substantial risks seen; India seen rising to 7.5% – World Bank

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Global economic growth is forecast to ease to a weaker-than-expected 2.6% in 2019 before inching up to 2.7% in 2020, the World Bank said, adding that growth in emerging market and developing economies is expected to stabilize next year as some countries move past periods of financial strain, but economic momentum remains weak. Emerging and […]

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Oil prices to be lower in 2019 on slower-than-expected global growth, rising non-OPEC supply – World Bank

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Crude oil prices are expected to average $66 a barrel in 2019 and $65 a barrel in 2020, a downward revision from the October forecast due to the weaker-than-expected global growth outlook and greater-than-anticipated U.S. production, the World Bank said. Metal prices are expected to continue a recovery in 2019 that follows a sharp drop […]

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India needs to focus on export-led growth: World Bank

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India’s economic growth in recent years has been driven by domestic demand and its exports were about one third of its potential, a World Bank official said, asserting that the next government needs to focus on export-led growth. Praising attempts to liberalise markets within India, Hans Timmer, World Bank Chief Economist for the South Asia […]

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Oil prices seen averaging $65 in 2018, metal prices seen rising 9 percent on demand pickup, says World Bank

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More than half of commodity prices (and all non-coal energy prices) are expected to increase in 2018, but four-fifths of them will remain below their 2011 peaks, the World Bank said in its latest Commodity Markets Outlook report, adding that energy prices are forecast to rise 20 percent in 2018—a 16 percentage point upward revision […]

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South Asia re-emerges as fastest growing region in the world, lifted by India – World Bank

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South Asia has regained its lead as the fastest growing region in the world, supported by recovery in India, the World bank said, adding that with the right mix of policies and reforms, growth is expected to accelerate to 6.9 percent in 2018 and 7.1 percent next year. The Bank’s twice-a-year South Asia Economic Focus (SAEF) finds […]

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