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Moody's lowers India's 2020 GDP growth forecast to 5.3%

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Mar '20
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Moody's Investors Service recently lowered India's gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast for the 2020 calendar year to 5.3 per cent based on the possible impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy. Moody's had in February projected a 5.4 per cent real GDP growth for India in 2020. This too was a downgrade from the earlier 6.6 per cent forecast.

The latest forecast compares to 5.3 per cent growth estimate for 2019 and 7.4 per cent achieved in 2018. Moody's forecast a 5.8 per cent growth rate for India in 2021.

Stating that there was significant economic fallout from more rapid and wider spread of the coronavirus, the rating agency said dampening of domestic consumption demand in affected countries exacerbates disruptions to supply chains and cross-border trade of goods and services, according to a news agency.

"The longer the disruptions last, the greater the risk of global recession becomes," it said.

"A number of governments and central banks have announced countervailing measures, including fiscal stimulus packages, policy rate cuts and regulatory forbearance; however, the effectiveness of policy easing will be blunted by measures to contain the outbreak, and policy space is constrained for some sovereigns," it said.

Also, tighter funding conditions and exchange rate depreciation could stress sovereigns with high foreign currency exposure, heavy reliance on external market funding or low foreign currency reserve coverage, it said.

Moody's said oil price shock adds to growth and fiscal pressures for exposed sovereigns. "A period of lower oil prices will further weigh on the economic and fiscal fundamentals of oil exporters, while mitigating the trade shock for importers,” it added.

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