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IMF: India One of the Fastest Growing Large Economies in the World

Tooba Maher
Tooba Maher
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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that India is one of the fastest growing large economies in the world. It even mentioned that the country has carried out various key reforms in the last five years, but still more needs to be done. 

IMF communications director Gerry Rice on Thursday responded to a question on India's economic development in the last five years and said, "India has of course been one of the world's fastest growing large economies of late, with growth averaging about 7% over the past five years." 

He further added, "Important reforms have been implemented and we feel more reforms are needed to sustain this high growth, including harnessing the demographic dividend opportunity, which India has."  

Details about the Indian economy would be revealed in the upcoming World Economic Outlook (WEO) survey report to be released by the IMF ahead of the annual spring meeting with the World Bank next month, he mentioned. 

Interestingly, this report would be the first under Indian American economist Gita Gopinath, who is now IMF's chief economist. 

Rice also said, "The WEO will go for more details. But amongst the policy priorities, we would include accelerate the cleanup of banks and corporate balance sheets, continue fiscal consolidation, both at centre and state levels, and broadly maintain the reform momentum in terms of structural reforms in factor markets, labour, land reforms and further enhancing the business climate to achieve faster and more inclusive growth."  

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