Global Economy Expected to Record 5.3% Growth in 2021: UNCTAD

    Wahyu Dwi Anggoro - 16 September 2021 11:08 WIB
    Global Economy Expected to Record 5.3% Growth in 2021: UNCTAD
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    New York: The global economy is expected to bounce back in 2021 with economic growth of 5.3 percent, the fastest in nearly five decades, according to the United Nations (UN) Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

    In its new report released on Wednesday, the agency said that the rebound was highly uneven along regional, sectoral and income lines, however.  

     



    During 2022, UNCTAD expects global growth to slow to 3.6 percent, leaving world income levels trailing some 3.7 percent below the pre-pandemic trend line. 

    The report also warns that growth deceleration could be bigger than expected, if policymakers lose their nerve or answer what it regards as misguided calls for a return to deregulation and austerity. 

    The report says that, while the response saw an end to public spending constraints in many developed countries, international rules and practices have locked developing countries into pre-pandemic responses, and a semi-permanent state of economic stress. Many countries in the South have been hit much harder than during the global financial crisis. With a heavy debt burden, they also have less room for maneuvering their way out through public spending. 

    “These widening gaps, both domestic and international, are a reminder that underlying conditions, if left in place, will make resilience and growth luxuries enjoyed by fewer and fewer privileged people," said Rebeca Grynspan, the secretary-general of UNCTAD, in a press release on Wednesday.

    Lack of monetary autonomy and access to vaccines are also holding many developing economies back, widening the gulf with advanced economies and threatening to usher in another "lost decade". 

    "Without bolder policies that reflect reinvigorated multilateralism, the post-pandemic recovery will lack equity, and fail to meet the challenges of our time," Grynspan stated.

    (WAH)

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