India will grow at 7.2% in 2017-18, says World Bank

New Delhi: World Bank expects India, the fastest growing major economy in the world, to grow at 7.2 per cent in the current fiscal and further up to 7.7 per cent by 2019-20 on strong fundamentals, reform momentum and improving investment scenario. “Economic activity ought to accelerate in 2017-18. GDP is projected to grow at 7.2 per cent from 6.8 per cent in 2016-17. Growth increases gradually to 7.7 per cent by 2019-20, underpinned by recovery in private investments,” World Bank said at the launch of ‘India Development Report’. The report says demonetization in November 2016 caused a slight disruption to India’s growth recovery, following a favorable monsoon last fiscal, but things seems to be bettering.
“India remains the fastest growing economy in the world and it will get a boost from its approach to GST which will reduce the cost of doing business for firms, reduce logistics cost of moving goods across states, while ensuring no loss in equity,” said Junaid Ahmad, World Bank Country Director in India.
The World Bank report says that the overall impact of GST on equity and poverty is likely to be positive.

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