Wednesday Jan 27, 2021
ISLAMABAD: As compared to the negative growth of 0.4% for the previous fiscal year 2019-20, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected Pakistan’s GDP growth rate at 1.5% for the current fiscal year 2020-21, The News reported on Wednesday.
However, with the expectation that the recovery of economic activities will help improve the growth trajectory in the aftermath of overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic, the incumbent government has envisioned a GDP growth rate target of 2.1% for fiscal year 2020-21.
On the other hand, the international regulatory body had projected a positive GDP growth rate of 1.9% for Pakistan in the last fiscal year, but after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the GDP growth had fallen and stood at a negative 0.4% for the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2020.
Pakistan’s GDP growth forecast is projected at 1.5% for the current fiscal year as the difference from October's last projection was 0.5%, according to the Economic Outlook for 2021 update released by the IMF.
The IMF had projected GDP growth rate at 1% but has now revised it upward to 1.5% for the current fiscal year.
The IMF has projected that Pakistan’s growth rate will be 4% of GDP in the next fiscal year 2021-22.
The IMF’s World Economic Outlook for 2021 highlights that the global economy is projected to grow at 5.5%.
It also showed that the emerging economies stood at 8.3% and Africa at 3.2%.
India is projected to grow at 11.5 percent, China 8.1%, Malaysia 7%, Turkey 6%, France 5.5%, the USA 5.1%, Mexico 4.3%, and Nigeria 1.5%.